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WILD TIMES


Welcome to our new-look Hosteller – we hope you like our refreshed design. In this issue, we have a special focus on Scottish


WILDLIFE FEATURES Call of the wild p30


wildlife (page 30) with lots of information on what you can see around our Youth Hostels. Wildlife watching is great fun for families and we want to make sure that families are able to make the most of all that our Youth Hostels can offer. Family hostelling has a long tradition in


TRAVEL TALES Getting around Scotland p53


Scotland and we celebrate a former age (page 74) with some wonderful memories of youth hostelling as it once was. While facilities have changed over the years - with the advent of private rooms and en-suite bathrooms - the hostelling ethos remains alive and well, as you can see in our feature dedicated to hostel hopping by bike, foot and public transport (page 53). And don’t miss details of our exciting activity holidays – but hurry, spaces are limited! We’d love to hear what you think about the


magazine, please send us your thoughts to hosteller@ syha.org.uk or write to us at the address on page 06.


Roanna Laverty, editor 2012 IN THIS ISSUE


04 Upfront – SYHA Youth Hostel news Te latest news for hostellers in Scotland


12 Investing in the future Fundraising and how to leave a gift in your will


18 Time to get out and about


Top trip ideas for activity holidays


along the


Wester Ross Coastal Trail


30 Wild things Find out all about


23 Going coastal An epic journey


wildlife watching in Scotland


49 Tracing your family roots How to research your


family tree


53 Travel tales Getting around Scotland by bike,


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on foot and using public transport


74 Hostelling memories Your stories of hostelling in days gone by


77 Serious snappers


our photo competition and enter the next one!


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WELCOME


SYHA Hostelling Scotland is an 81-year-old charity; we provide hostel accommodation for the education, health and wellbeing of people in Scotland and beyond. We currently have a network of around 65 Youth Hostels, including 25 independently-run affiliate Youth Hostels. As a not-for-profit organisation, any income generated from the provision of accommodation is invested back into the network of Youth Hostels in Scotland. SYHA Hostelling Scotland is open to all and offers free membership to young people under the age of 16 along with those in full-time education.


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