Hi there. Heading for a driving vacation around the UK in August, starting in London, and heading through England, Scotland and Wales.
Does anyone have any unique Hostels to recommend in, say, a Castle, former grand home, old Lighthouse, that kind of thing?
Am probably stating the obvious here and you may have checked them out already but the Scottish Youth Hostel Association
has some weird and wonderful places on their books.
Admittedly we haven't actually stayed in any of them yet but we definitely plan to have a night or two at the Loch Ossian hostel on our return to Scotland - it's an Eco Hostel in the middle of nowhere in the Scottish Highlands, only accessible by train from Fort William or Glasgow. Is set in beautiful wilderness (watch out for the midges though). There is also Carbisdale Castle Hostel in Sutherland which claims to be haunted...
Hope the weather is good to you!
You're not being obvious....I hadn't checked the Scottish YHA, just the International, and I'm getting more information from the Scottish one. Thank you for the suggestion.
Too funny, the link you set up leads me to the Stamford (Connecticut) Youth HOCKEY Association - perhaps it's because I'm clicking it here in Canada...quickly got to the proper one though.
Oops. Think I forgot the .uk bit at the end of the url in the first link I posted. Can't work out how to edit the original forum entry but here is a proper link in case anyone else is interested! Scottish Youth Hostels Association
If your wanting castle hotel stays why not try: historic-uk.com, it has a range of different castles (now hotels) that you can stay in from Scotland to Southern England!
Within your stay in England, you must stay in one of the oldest types of Hotels, English Inns. Many still stand from hundreds of years ago, and are set in beautiful surroundings. Try: oldenglishinns.co.uk
Hope this helps a bit, if you need any more help let me know. I live in the North west of England, and there is so much to see and do!
All the best,
On a similar note...
Anyone know of any cool places in Ireland (not Northern) to stay?
Perhaps I'll check out the YHA as well, I too only thought to look at Hostelling International.
Helpful information all of it. Thanks very much to everyone.
Benek03....you're right in the heart of things....how much do you think we could expect to pay for a night in a simple B&B or Inn? I'm guessing prices on the internet are PRObably higher than I'll find at smaller, less well-known places......any thoughts appreciated.
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hi there ... was just in lizard, southwest england ... saw a really beautiful hostel (http://www.yha.org.uk/find-accommodation/south-west-england/hostels/lizard/index.aspx) ... though we didn't stay there, would have really wanted to ... the setting is absolutely beautiful and great for hiking ... from there, have a look at a tiny old fishing village nearby called cadgwith ... it's got thatched roof houses and great scones and clotted cream! ... you'll love it!
The Lizard Hostel looks fantastic. Thanks for the heads up.
forgot to mention ... if you check out http://www.yha.org.uk/ ... you'll find options for tons of unique hostels from manors to castles, etc. all over england ... you'll find them all under the 'inspire me' section at the top centre of the page ... enjoy!