A quirky stay in a Scottish hostel

Date Posted: 26/09/2013

Glenfinnan Sleeping Car.

Pictured: The Glenfinnan Sleeping Car - a converted railway carriage which sleeps up to ten people.

If you’re seeking budget accommodation for your group trip to Scotland, why not opt for one of Scotland’s Independent Hostels, offering a group stay that’s unique, quirky and full of character.

SIH Hostels are located in beautiful locations across Scotland, and many offer an unusual accommodation option for groups travel organisers on a budget.

Privately run by individuals who are passionate about their local area, all properties are quality assured by VisitScotland.

Glenfinnan Sleeping Car

Located on the romantic ‘Road to the Isles’ the Glenfinnan Sleeping Car is a converted heritage railway carriage with comfortable accommodation for up to ten people.

Guests can visit the famous Glenfinnan Monument at the mouth of Loch Sheil where Bonnie Prince Charlie arrived in 1745 to drum up support for the doomed Jacobite Rising or search for the cave where he hid from the Hanoverian troops.

The famous train sequence from the Harry Potter films was shot at the viaduct close by, and the white sandy beaches of Arisaig and Morar as seen in movie classic Local Hero, are just a few miles up the road.

Taigh Lata, the Isle of Lewis

Step back in time with a holiday in a living museum; a restored blackhouse in the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village in the Isle of Lewis. 

These centuries-old blackhouses were occupied by crofting families as recently as the 1970s. The Isle of Lewis is rich in natural beauty, history and legend; the Atlantic ocean is just yards from the blackhouses and the Standing Stones of Callanish and the ruined Carloway Broch are just a short drive away.

The accommodation offers group-only bunkhouse-style beds for 14 people.

The Corn Mill, Sutherland

Groups can experience a crofting lifestyle and landscape in the cosy Corn Mill Bunkhouse, sleeping 14 people in singles or groups, located in the Strathhalladale area of Sutherland.

Inversnaid Bunkhouse

Pictured: Inversnaid Bunkhouse is a converted church on the West Highland Way.

Owned by Sandy and Debbie Murray, the Mill was built in 1800 by Sandy’s ancestors and was in use until 1926, milling oats for the crofters of Halladale. The historic setting is great for anyone organising a stag or hen party, with laser combat and clay shooting on offer on-site.

The Bunkhouse at The Round House, Newtonmore

This architecturally innovative hostel is set in the fields of a working farm in the Spey Valley in the Cairngorms National Park. 

Suitable for groups of up to eight people, the Bunkhouse at The Round House offers spectacular views over the surrounding landscape.

The Cairngorms National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise all the year round; ideal for rock climbers, hikers, hill walkers, mountain bikers and skiers.

Inversnaid Bunkhouse

Located on the West Highland Way, on the east shores of Loch Lomond and deep in the heart of The Trossachs National Park and Rob Roy country, Inversnaid Bunkhouse is a converted church.

Great for walking groups trekking the West Highland Way, the bunkhouse has been fully modernised into quality budget accommodation while retaining the vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows from its original incarnation. 

Hoppo Hostel in Dundee

This imaginative and sensitive renovation of buildings which date back to the 16th century provides excellent hostel accommodation of immense character.

Medieval influences are evident throughout, with many original architectural features beautifully preserved.

Set in the heart of Dundee’s regenerated city centre with bars, restaurants and theatres on its doorstep, the 90-bed Hoppo Hostel is luxurious by normal hostel standards, with a selection of double and multi-share rooms, many with en-suite facilities.

For more group travel information visit www.hostel-scotland.co.uk.

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