Hostelling Scotland bounces back after two years in COVID-19 wilderness

Charity Hostelling Scotland have announced their network of 29 VisitScotland quality assured Youth Hostels is now fully opened for the first time in more than two years and report strong interest for booking.

They say they are “very encouraged” by the confidence already being shown by guests keen to get back to the full hostelling experience.  Bookings across the network, in particular those on the NC500 route and Skye, are averaging 50% occupancy in April, and the award winning, remote and eco-friendly Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is proving very popular with people grabbing the chance to ‘get away from it all’ in the beautiful surroundings of Rannoch Moor.  

They say the trend in bookings across the network is showing early signs of continuing into the summer months.  Destinations such as the Islands, Glen Nevis, Oban, Achmelvich and Torridon are again proving a popular choice.

Achmelvich beach

Hostelling Scotland CEO, Margo Paterson said: “The last couple of years will long be remembered as the most difficult in our history. As Chief Executive of this wonderful and much-loved organisation, I’m very proud of all the hard work and dedication shown by our teams and grateful for the kind support and generosity shown by everyone.

“We’re delighted that guests can once more enjoy the social aspects that sit at the heart of hostelling; cooking up a storm in our self-catering kitchens, enjoying a glass of wine or a local beer with friends and a good night’s sleep in a private en-suite room, or a bed in a shared dorm.” 

Hostelling Scotland prides itself on being the largest participant in the youth hostel market in Scotland.

Cairngorm Lodge

As a membership organisation with over 8,000 lifetime members, it has 29 youth hostels and 26 affiliate hostels.  In recent years (pre-Covid-19 pandemic) the network has welcomed up to 380,000 guests annually with a turnover of £9M and an estimated annual contribution to the Scottish visitor economy of £25M.  

Hostelling Scotland’s network of Youth Hostels and affiliate hostels offers guests the freedom to explore Scotland and their love of travel, discovering places of historic and cultural interest, enjoying its stunning countryside, environment and natural heritage, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Glencoe Youth Hostel

Experts predict more and more people will look to staycation and seek accommodation in areas of environmental and sustainable importance after two years of lockdown, with hostels among some of the most likely destinations.

Find out more: Hostelling Scotland website

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