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School and Youth Groups
School and Youth Groups
At Hostelling Scotland we want to support young people to discover Scotland and have a wide range of opportunities to learn outside the classroom.
Schools and youth groups have been welcomed in youth hostels since the beginning of Hostelling Scotland back in 1931. Although the hostels have changed, the ethos of welcoming young people has remained and our youth hostels provide a great environment for young people to come and stay.View our hostels
What we offer?
We have city hostels for youth and schools groups looking to explore the bright lights of Scotland’s vibrant cities, as well as hostels in the beautiful national parks of Cairngorm and Loch Lomond. We have hostels which are accessible by public transport, and hostels which are off the beaten track.
We have hostels which can provide full catering including a packed lunch for groups on the go. We have larger hostels which can accommodate groups of 60 or more, options for groups to book entire floors or areas of a hostel, and even a self-contained lodge at Oban Youth Hostel with its own kitchen and living room that’s ideal for smaller youth and school groups. Our youth hostels have dining areas suitable for large groups, a garden or grounds, and many also have a TV room and all venues have a well-equipped self-catering kitchen. We have local outdoor activity partners in many locations who can offer mountain biking, kayaking, climbing and more.
Our youth hostels are externally risk-assessed to current legal and best practice standards and graded by VisitScotland, so groups can be assured of safe and secure quality accommodation and good service upon arrival. Our knowledge hostel teams can provide recommendations of local facilities and sights. We can offer flexible accommodation and catering packages from bed and breakfast to fully catered trips throughout the year. We can also support groups that wish to self-cater.
We can provide ideas and sample programmes for self-led school and youth group trips and we have worked in partnership with local Outdoor Activity providers for many years. The fully qualified and experienced instructors can deliver a wide range of adventurous activities for schools and youth groups linked to the specific learning objectives of each group. They can also design programme to meet the requirements of the John Muir Award.
We have a range of fantastic offers for schools and youth groups including 1 free teacher/leader place per ten young people, and private rooms for teachers/leaders (subject to availability).
We are a proud member of the Learning Away Consortium - a consortium of 16 third sector, public and private organisations working with children and young people, teachers, leaders and parents to enrich young lives through school residential learning experiences. The consortium – both as individual organisations and collectively – are working to ensure equal access to the life-changing impact residential learning experiences can have on young people. This involves:
Disseminating the findings of the Learning Away action research on the huge impacts of residentials on resilience, wellbeing, achievement, relationships and engagement in learning to enable schools to make the case for investing in affordable and inclusive residential programmes for all pupils
Supporting schools to overcome the funding challenges including promoting low cost models;
Supporting schools to improve the quality and therefore impact of their residentials by helping schools to develop and deliver residentials which meet the criteria of a “Brilliant Residential”
Hostelling Scotland Explorer Fund
The Hostelling Scotland Explorer Fund aims to make residential experiences accessible for all. The Fund supports youth groups and schools working with target groups of young people aged 8 to 25 to stay in a Hostelling Scotland youth hostel anywhere in Scotland. Target groups include: disadvantaged young people, young people living in areas of deprivation, young people in receipt of free schools meals, young carers, young people with disabilities, care experienced young people and young people who have never had a residential experience.
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Stem in the Outdoors
Hostelling Scotland have developed an exciting STEM residential programme for school groups called STEM in the Outdoors. This uses Outdoor learning to teach a range of STEM themes including Engineering and Design, Construction, and Renewable Energy. It provides a fun, memorable and unique way for young people to both learn about STEM topics and put their learning into practice. The programme is flexible and can be designed to accommodate trips of 1 to 5 nights, students from P6 upwards and to focus on a range of curriculum areas and learning objectives. The popular Stem in the Outdoors residential is co-delivered by In Your Element and can be delivered at Rowardennan or Cairngorm Youth Hostels.