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Bunkhouses & Bothies provide simple and practical accommodation in remote places.

Great for those exploring the great outdoors, a Bunkhouse is a welcome sight after a long day in the wilds. Camping barns are a poplar alternative to camping.

Latest Bunkhouses & Bothies

  • Skyewalker Hostel

    Portnalong, Isle of Skye, Highlands

    A warm welcome and traditional Scottish hospitality awaits you all at the award winning, family run, Skyewalker Hostel.

  • Gumber Bothy

    Gumber Farm, Arundel, West Sussex

    Gumber Bothy is a converted traditional Sussex barn on the National Trust’s Slindon Estate in the heart of the South Downs.

  • Ardess Lodge, Rowardennan

    Ardess Lodge, Glasgow, Stirling

    Good quality bunkhouse accommodation for up to 10 people. At the foot of Ben Lomond, on the West Highland Way. £15 per night.

  • Sheen Bunkhouse

    Peakstones, Sheen, Buxton, Derbyshire

    14 beds 8 + 6 room + 2 blow up beds. Self Catering kitchen. Lounge, 2 showers, 3 toilets, central heated outside decked area with barberque.

  • Craflwyn

    The National Trust, Craflwyn, Beddgelert, Gwynedd

    The Craflwyn Centre provides a range of accommodation. You can choose to stay in the former Victorian hunting lodge; or the bunkhouse.

  • Exmoor Basecamp

    Countisbury Hill, Lynton, Devon

    Bunkhouse accommodation owned & managed by the National Trust for groups only. Sleeps 18 in dormitories. Kitchen, showers, central heating, etc

Bunkhouses & Bothies

Some people may not be aware what bunkhouses and bothies are, so a word of explanation is necessary before looking at relevant accommodation:

Bunkhouses are purpose-built or converted buildings which provide simple self-catering for organised groups. They are within easy reach of beautiful countryside or unspoilt coastlines, historic houses or landscape parks and prove a functional base for the visitor. In addition to the bunkhouses there are also bothies, which offer very basic accommodation, often in isolated locations. Bunkhouses vary in size and are suitable for mixed parties. They have adequate cooking facilities, dormitories with bunk-beds, lounge area and modern sanitation. Most have fully-equipped kitchens, showers, electricity and heating. Bothies, on the other hand, have minimal facilities, although some form of water, light and sanitation is usually provided.

Bothies are suitable if you like the idea of being miles from the nearest town, with no electricity or heating, sleeping platforms without mattresses, water from a hand-pump, gas lighting and cooking on a Primus stove! You get the idea! People electing for the kind of accommodation provided by bunkhouses and bothies should be warned that they would need to take along some or all of the following: food and provisions, sleeping bags or sheets and blankets, pillow and pillow case, towel and wash-kit, cutlery and crockery.

Bunkhouses & Bothies in Scotland

Scottish Independent Hostels is a network of independently owned hostels, bunkhouses and bothies which provide affordable accommodation in the most beautiful parts of Scotland, suitable for outdoor enthusiasts, family holidays and group visits, with rooms from traditional bunks to en-suite family rooms.

If you would like something on these lines that links city life with the countryside then you could do no better than the Craibstone Estate Hostel. The campus is set in 800 acres of magnificent woodlands teeming with wonderful wildlife, yet it is within easy reach of Aberdeen’s city amenities, beach and amusement park. It is also central for exploring Grampian’s Distilleries and Royal Deeside. The accommodation comprises single and twin en-suite rooms which are available with wheelchair accessibility. Facilities include laundry, cafe, gym, sauna, TV room, lounge bar, putting green and a walled garden which is ideal for barbecues.

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