Hostelling Scotland optimistic for the year ahead as hostel bookings on the North Coast 500 look promising

Accommodation in Torridon. Photo: Hostelling Scotland.

Hostels on the North Coast 500 and elsewhere in the Highlands are proving popular with travelers now that facilities are fully open again.

Hostelling Scotland says bookings for its network of 29 hostels are encouraging, with occupancy at 50% for April.

The charity expects the booking trend to continue through the summer.

A spokesperson said: “Hostelling Scotland is very encouraged by the confidence already shown by customers eager to return to the full hostel experience they all know and love.

“Network bookings, particularly those on the NC500 and Skye route, average 50% occupancy in April, and the award-winning, secluded and eco-friendly Loch Ossian hostel is proving very popular with people who take the chance to ‘get away from it all’ to the beautiful setting of Rannoch Moor.

“This promising trend in network-wide bookings is showing early signs of continuing through the summer months. Destinations such as The Islands, Glen Nevis, Oban, Achmelvich and Torridon are once again proving to be a choice popular for young travelers, couples, and families wanting to make full use of shared public spaces, private rooms or shared dorms, and popular amenities like self-catering kitchens.

Loch Ossian.  Photo: Hostelling Scotland.
Loch Ossian. Photo: Hostelling Scotland.

“Demand is also increasing at hostels across the city as group travel begins to return, while an increase in the number of ‘dog friendly’ WoofHostels and the exclusive private rental option (RentaHostel) provide opportunities alternative accommodations and extend the hostel’s appeal to a much wider audience.”

Hostelling Scotland is a membership organization with over 8000 life members, 29 hostels and 26 affiliated hostels.

Margo Paterson, CEO of Hostelling Scotland, said: “We are delighted that guests can once again enjoy the social aspects which are at the heart of the hostel – cooking up a storm in our self-contained kitchens, enjoying a glass of wine or a local beer with friends and a good night’s sleep in a private room with bathroom or a bed in a shared dorm.”

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Linda G. Ibarra