Newton Stewart Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the gradual and responsible easing of restrictions from 19 July. Unfortunately due to continued requirement for social distancing, we are unable to open our self-catering kitchens at this time. We hope to provide a date for the opening of these facilities following the next Scottish Government update. The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, employees and the communities in which we operate remains our main priority at this time. For more information on what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ's section of this website.
As you’ll appreciate, advice on Covid-19 is constantly changing and we would ask all our guests to continue to refer to Scottish Government guidelines and Transport Scotland advice on travel and social distancing when making their booking.
Housed in an old Victorian schoolhouse, Newton Stewart Youth Hostel is located in a quiet woodland area just five minutes from the picturesque market town of Newton Stewart in the beautiful south west of Scotland.
The youth hostel offers a range of shared accommodation and private rooms and is a great base for outdoor enthusiasts, families and wildlife watchers looking to discover the Galloway Forest Park and surrounding area.
Other facilities include a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, a laundry and drying room, secure bike storage and ample on-site parking.
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Available as RentaHostel only
Facilities & Services
Open all year for RentaHostel only
During event weekends, when the hostel is open to individual bookings, reception hours will vary
16:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:00
Late arrival and access outside opening hours is by pre-arrangement only
Suitable for Groups
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
03/06/19Very friendly manager. Clean facilities. Suited us perfectly.
14/05/19Very good location to use as a base for walking and cycling in a superb area. This is a traditional small hostel and very pleasant experience.
14/05/19This was my third consecutive visit to the Minnigaff Hostel. It has a unique atmosphere and is popular with myself and my fellow Red Triangle members who have all been there many times before. I would not hesitate to use the use this hostel again.The bunk beds were comfortable, the bed linen was satisfactory and the kitchen facilities were adequate.
22/03/19Great service from the manager who was very helpful, thank you so much!
16/10/18A very well located hostel close to the centre of Newton Stewart. Very clean and great kitchen facilities.
11/05/17This hostel allows access to excellent hills and less strenuous walking plus great cycling on quiet roads in beautiful countryside with attractive small towns, historic sites, lovely gardens within easy reach.
09/05/17Excellent traditional hostel experience.
14/05/16Traditional hostel in a lovely and often overlooked area. Don't miss it.
Reasons to visit
The area is very popular with outdoor enthusiasts and local activities include mountain biking, cycling, fishing, pony trekking, wildlife watching and hill walking within the Galloway Forest Park and along the coast.The Park is the UK’s first dark sky park offering spectacular stellar viewing on a clear night.
The 7stanes are seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway. They are known as the 7stanes because each venue features a 'stane', created by artist Gordon Young, somewhere along the forest trails. Two of these routes, Glentrool and Kirroughtree, are within easy reach of Newton Stewart Youth Hostel and offer routes for both novice and experienced riders.
For those looking for something a little bit more relaxing, the Crafty Distillery offers tours of its craft gin distillery. The tours take around two hours and have become hugely popular, taking you through the distilling process followed by a cocktail making session.