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The Best Places to Stay in the UK

SYHA Hostelling Scotland

Youth hostelling  – and youth hostels – have come a long way since the days when you had to mop the floor and make your own breakfast. Hostels in Scotland have joined the twenty-first century, with modern or re-furbished buildings, high-quality facilities, and in most places private and family rooms with en-suite bathrooms to complement the traditional dorm rooms. What hasn't changed is the choice of hostels around the country, and the amazing locations that many of them enjoy – city centre sites that chain hotels would kill for, historic buildings in pretty town centres, and, most importantly, some of the most pristine rural spots in the country, with spectacular views and access to some of the wildest landscapes that Scotland has to offer. If you're looking to explore Scotland's highlands and islands, there is often no better alternative – whether you're travelling as a couple, a family, or alone, and not just because you're on a budget. Many hostels lay on activities and offer excellent food and drink in comfy restaurants and cafés, and all serve up a friendly welcome. And, as flexible as ever, you can still make your own breakfast if you want – in one of their well-equipped self-catering kitchens!

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