Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Escape on a Hostelling Hogmanay in Scotland

Hostelling is perfect for Hogmanay, offering excellent value, the camaraderie of sharing experiences and an invigorating start to the New Year. The Independent Hostelling Sector in Scotland has a range of options throughout Scotland still available for Hogmanay and New Year with 15 unique suggested stays located from City Centres to far flung islands.
Choose a city break with The Haggis Hostel Hogmanay Package in Edinburgh or the Street party in Stirling at Willy Wallace Hostel. Or head north for Loch Ness Backpackers which hosts its own lively Hogmanay Party with the option for a walk on the Great Glen Way afterward to clear the head.

For a total escape, a Hebridean Island is the answer with a good chance of seeing the northern lights or meteor showers in the dark skies.  The 8-bed Otter Bunkhouse on the Isle of Lewis and the 16-bed Coll Bunkhouse are available for exclusive use, both in stunning locations.  Set in the heart of the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye, a mecca for climbers, walkers and mountain bikers, Sligachan Bunkhouse is available for Hogmanay for an exclusive use booking for 20 people.

On the remote mainland at Morvern, Ardtornish Bunkhouse, on the shores of Loch Aline is perfect for a family escape with just 6 beds. Badralloch Bothy on Little Loch Broom near Ullapool, sleeps 12 guests, making it an excellent size of venue for a group Hogmanay celebration, with whisky, walking, and a roaring wood-stove. The perfect transition into the New Year! 

For bigger groups looking for exclusive use there is still a good choice.  Callander Hostel, in fabulous countryside only one hour from Glasgow or Edinburgh offers exclusive use for New Year for up to 28 guests.  Or choose an Alpine Bunkhouse at Glencoe Hostel for a New Year break, sleeping 16 guests in a wonderful rural mountain location near the Glencoe Mountain Resort.  The Weem Inn in Highland Perthshire is a historic house, in a fabulous wooded location, bursting with character and perfect for a large group get together for New Year, with 32 beds and all the traditional Highland touches. 

For those keen on the outdoors, the Cairngorms National Park is the place to be. Slochd Mhor Lodge is in a lovely rural location and can accommodate 21 guests for exclusive use or will take individual bookings.  Fraoch Lodge is offering a New Year 6-night package of dinner, bed and breakfast from December 27th including a free ticket to the Boat of Garten Hogmanay Ceilidh. 
For the genuine traveller intent on leaving the celebrations behind, Sandra’s Backpackers Hostel is located on the wild, dramatic north coast at Thurso but they should be warned, even this small town has its street party!
Full details of all suggested venues can be found here>

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