Bunkhouse/Hostel Review

Loch Earn Log Cabins, Lockearnhead, Stirling FK19 8PU – February 2016

These cabins are holiday accommodation the site being run by Hoseasons Holidays and therefor very comfortable and well equipped. There are various sizes, we had 2 x 6 bed, comprising one double room, and two twin bedded rooms in each, and a 4 bed chalet with one double and one twin bedded room. All towels and bedding is provided and beds made up, electricity payable through a meter (£1 coins). Booking out of season is very reasonable. (we paid £55 each for the week). In a great location for walking or sight seeing.   10/10


Bala Bunk House, Tomen y Castell, Llanfor, Bala Gwynedd, LL23 7HD – January 2016

A converted 18th century building which can accommodate up to 26 people in the bunk house and two annexes. If full could be very crowded. Heated by calor gas heaters. Kitchen and social area and toilets on the ground floor, with the bedrooms above, accessed by a stone staircase on the outside of the building – a feature their web site omitted to mention, these are uncovered and get slippery in winter, also not very convenient if you need the toilet during the night. This said the bunkhouse was well equipped and comfortable and in a good location. 5/10.

Skirfare Bridge Barn, Kilnsey, Wharfdale, England.    November 2012.

Good location and accommodation for up to 20.  Parking next to barn, bedrooms of various sizes and drying room downstairs and kitchen/dinning room/lounge upstairs.  Warm and cosy.  Kitchen a little small but no problem when group cooking and it was a tight fit getting 20 around the table.  Just enough bathrooms/toilets.  Would certainly use this location again.   9/10

Kinloch Castle, Isle of Rum, Scotland.   April/May 2012.

We stayed here for a week and there is not much alternative on Rum.  The castle was under extensive repair at the time and workmen were using the hostel facilities, which in any event were inadequate for the number of people using them.  The bedrooms were spacious and there was a nice lounge called the Reading Room.  Sadly the courtyard bar was closed and the kitchen, storage and dining facilities were very limited.  We had to negotiate with another group as we had to take it in turns to cook and sit down to eat.  There were also too few bathrooms and you had to be alert otherwise you would miss your chance.  There was the castle dining room but despite the shortcomings our group meals provided better food and much better value.  Having said that we had a good week and I would use the bunkhouse again.  6/10

Culdees Bunkhouse, Loch Tay, Scotland  February 2012.

From the outside it looks like it could do with a bit of a tidy up but it’s OK inside and there is a warm welcome.  Four bunkbeds per room, kitchen a bit small and cluttered if the place is busy but the lounge is spacious and comfortable.  Other parts of the accommodation are also open to guests.  Plenty of parking nearby.  The place grows on you.  7/10




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