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No-Frills Thrill Seekers

No-Frills Thrill Seekers

You don’t need any of the extras you get from hotels to have an awesome time in Scotland’s great outdoors. Find your thrills at one of our amazing locations all over the country! Scroll down to choose your adventure and select your youth hostel to book your stay today...

Walking, Climbing and Running

Walking And Hiking

Experience some of Scotland's finest scenery on foot - from trail running along scenic coastlines and rambling in the wild countryside to long distance treks through glens and hikes over magnificent Munros. Also great for climbing and scrambling.

Find your No-Frills Thrills at any of these locations:  

  • Glen Nevis - Situated at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

  • Glencoe - Set in one of Scotland's most spectacular and historic glens.

  • Torridon - Boasts some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe.

  • Crianlarich - A fantastic hillwalking and climbing base, with 20 Munros nearby. 

  • Loch Ossian - remote eco-hostel on Rannoch Moor.

Water sports

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Water is something Scotland isn't short of. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, peaceful lochs, firths and fast flowing rivers, it's no surprise Scotland is a water sports destination recognised worldwide!

Click below to get your No-Frills Thrills:

  • Oban - Awaken your sense of adventure with Coasteering. 

  • Durness Smoo - The north coast of Scotland has been dubbed the 'Coldwater Surfing Mecca'. 

  • Inverness - Explore the Moray Firth. 

  • Pitlochry - Go Funyakking or white-water rafting down the River Tay.

  • Lochranza - great for a sea kayaking adventure.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Scotland offers a variety of fantastic routes in locations across the country whether you are looking for a heart-thumping, exhilarating experience, a challenging route with lots of mud and dirt, or an easier lower level track. 

Discover your No-Frills Thrills at these youth hostels:: 

  • Lochranza - an exciting mix of challenging routes, easier tracks and technical single track.

  • Aviemore - arguably the best network of built paths and trails across Scotland.

  • Glen Nevis - The Nevis Range and surrounding area of Lochaber is home to miles of cross-country and forest trails.

  • Rowardennan Lodge - The Trossachs are home to circular routes round lochs to hard-core trails and challenging terrain for advanced mountain bikers.

  • Torridon - The Torridon area has become famous for experienced mountain bikers used to remote trails and conditions.

Outdoor Swimming


Choose from beautiful beaches and bays or sea lochs, burns and lochans for exhilirating wild swimming in some of Scotland's most stunning spots.  

Click below to see where you can stay:

  • Torridon - Just a stone's throw from Upper Loch Torridon sea loch with crystal clear waters and surrounded by giants such as Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Liath Mhor.

  • Gairloch Sands - Superb seaside spot to take a dip or spot whales, dolphins, seabirds and sharks.

  • Glenbrittle - Enjoy the famous Fairy Pools.

  • Oban - Take a tour to snorkel, dive or swim in the clear waters of outlying islands.

  • Rowardennan Lodge - Complete with its own jetty, you can take a running jump into the famous waters of Loch Lomond.

Winter sports 

Winter Sports

When the temperature drops head for the hills and stay in one of our great value youth hostels. From the glistening peaks of the Cairngorms, to the snow-capped Cuillin mountains on Skye, winter is one of the most breath-taking and exciting seasons in Scotland. With skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing and mountaineering, an action packed winter break is not to be missed.

Find your No-Frills Thrills at any of these locations:

  • Braemar - Near to Glenshee or the Lecht.

  • Aviemore - Close to Scotland's most popular winter sports centre, the Cairngorms. 

  • Cairngorm Lodge - In the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, just two minutes from the Cairngorm ski area.

  • Glencoe - a favourite with outdoor enthusiasts, close to Scotland's first ski centre at Glencoe.

  • Glen Nevis - Great base for ice climbers and winter hillwalkers and access to the acclaimed slopes of Aonach Mor in the Nevis Range.