Hostelling Scotland sites are all reopening

ALL Hostelling Scotland operated sites are back in operation after the closures.

This is the first time in more than two years that the association’s 29 youth hostels are open again.

Margo Paterson, boss of Hostelling Scotland, said: “The [past] a few years will long be remembered as the most difficult in our history.

“As CEO of this wonderful and much-loved organization, I am so proud of all the hard work and dedication shown by our teams and grateful for the support and generosity shown by everyone.

“We are delighted that guests can once again enjoy the social aspects that are at the heart of the hostel; cook up a storm in our self-contained kitchens, enjoy a glass of local wine or beer with friends, and a good night’s sleep in a private en-suite room or a bed in a shared dorm.”

In addition to its 29 youth hostels, the association also has 26 affiliates.

Before the pandemic hit, its hostels welcomed up to 380,000 guests each year and brought in £9m, contributing around £25m to the wider economy.

Hostelling Scotland was founded in 1931 as the Scottish Youth Hostel Association.

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