Saturday, 13 August 2016

Why Hostelling is a better option than B&B, Guest House or a Self Catering Cottage

Hostels with private rooms are now more convenient than B&B or self-catering cottages. For some of our guests, private rooms with shared self-catering is the new way to enjoy all the fun of hostelling in Scotland.
People choose hostels because they are affordable, friendly and overflowing with character. Once upon a time if you wanted your own private space you used to have to choose a guest house, b & b or a cottage - but no more!

The new style of accommodation evolving in the Scottish Independent Hostelling sector offers private rooms, often ensuite, with the standard shared self-catering and living accommodation found in all hostels. In addition many hostels offer additional shared facilities such as drying rooms, cycle storage and laundry, with many providing services such as bike hire and walking and wildlife tours and guides.
Dot Mechan, SIH Chair, runs Jessie Mac’s in Dunkeld in Perthshire. She thinks the emergence of private rooms in our hostels now provides a further choice for holiday makers. She said “People have the option of private sleeping arrangements but enjoy the shared self-catering aspect of hostels which is very convenient, affordable and sociable. It is much more flexible than hiring a cottage for a week or having to pay for meals in a guest house, with any length of stay on offer from one-night.”

The days of hostels offering only large bunkrooms with queues for the showers is no longer the norm. Many hostels offer a variety of accommodation from double, family and small bunkrooms to cater for couples and families to larger bunkrooms for groups, and nowadays they often have their own ensuite too.

Hostelling used to be for backpackers and groups, but is now becoming more and more popular with people of all ages and interests. Our hostels are found in the most idyllic parts of Scotland and are privately or community owned by people who are a fount of local knowledge, which they love to pass on to their guests. In addition many of our very small hostels are perfect for exclusive use.

To find the perfect hostelling accommodation, use our “Accommodation Search” facility, but don’t leave it too late – hostelling is more popular than ever and rooms are now often booked out.



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