Media Release: DIY ‘tech detox’ weekend with SYHA Hostelling Scotland

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Is your life dominated by technology? Studies suggest that, on average, adults in the UK now spend over eight hours each day on media devices and over 80 per cent want to stay connected on holiday. If you’re looking to swap emails and emoji’s for outdoor activities, breathtaking views and wildlife spotting then hostelling is a great way to ‘get away from IT all’.

BETWEEN 4 and 6 September 2015, SYHA Hostelling Scotland are inviting technology addicts to ‘get away from IT all’ with a weekend of ‘tech detoxing’ at youth hostels situated in some of the most stunning locations around Scotland.

Visitors will be cut off from their phones and other tech-devices giving them the perfect opportunity to re-connect with family, friends and the most breathtaking countryside and wildlife that Scotland has to offer.

Once free of the chains of technology visitors will get the chance to experience life away from an LCD screen for the duration of their stay – bag a Munro or join a guided walk, paddle a sea kayak, sign up for some wildlife watching, explore the stunning beaches of the North West Highlands, go cross-country on a mountain bike or take on an island SYHAdventure!

With an SYHA Tech Detox weekend break a huge variety of activities are on offer; highlighting the best of Scotland’s great outdoors.

Keith Legge, CEO, SYHA Hostelling Scotland, said: “We all need to break free from technology once in a while – we’ve just forgotten how to do it! With our Tech Detox weekend in September we want people, especially young people, to get outside and see what Scotland has to offer.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to experience and appreciate our countryside, environment, natural heritage and places of historic and cultural interest.

“By the end, we hope that our visitors will fully appreciate all of the benefits of switching off once in a while and seeing what they’ve been missing out on when chained to their tech.”

When visitors arrive at an SYHA Tech Detox youth hostel all technological devices will be confiscated – mobile phones, tablets, laptops etc – and there will be no access to televisions or internet kiosks.

Youth hostel staff will be on hand to advise on local outdoor pursuits, recommend the best activity providers, suggest exciting tourist attractions to visit and the best places to eat and drink so visitors can fully engage with the local area.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland are offering ten per cent off accommodation at selected youth hostels when booking a Tech Detox Weekend up to 31 July and stay 4 – 6 September.

Visitors can use promotion code SYHATD9 when booking.

For further details on the Tech Detox weekend and a list of youth hostels included go to:

Book online at, email or, for more information, speak with the friendly reservations team on 0845 293 7373.

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Media contacts:

For further information and images please contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: / M: 07913 951717.

Jane Mackie | SYHA Hostelling Scotland | 01786 891306,

Notes to editors:

Tech Detox SYHA youth hostels include:

Achmelvich Beach, Glenbrittle, Port Charlotte, Broadford, Glen Nevis, Ratagan, Cairngorm Lodge, Glencoe, Rowardennan Lodge, Crianlarich, Kirkwall, Tobermory, Durness, Lochranza, Torridon, Gairloch Sands, Pitlochry, Ullapool and Glen Affric.

TERMS & CONDITIONS for Tech Detox promotion

  • Discount applies to named accommodation only (bed and room bookings). Offer does not apply to catering or SYHA Affiliate Hostels.
  • Offer applies to new bookings – customers must quote promotional code at time of booking, no discounts can be applied retrospectively. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
  • Not applicable to saver rates. Bookings are subject to availability and are non-transferable or refundable.
  • All other terms and conditions apply.
  • No cash alternatives.
  • This is a self-led event. Activities/guiding are not included.
  • SYHA work with reputable, qualified local activity partners. Should you wish to find out more, please contact the sales & reservations team.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a charity which provides accommodation for the education, health and wellbeing of people in Scotland and beyond. As a not-for-profit organisation, any income generated from membership and guest overnight income is invested back into SYHA’s charitable youth programmes and the maintenance of the hostelling network, particularly in rural Scotland.

The principal charitable objective of SYHA is ‘the advancement of education, for the public benefit, by helping all, but especially young people, to experience and appreciate the Scottish countryside, environment, natural heritage and places of historic and cultural interest in Scotland, and through the promotion of their health, recreation and education, particularly by providing low cost accommodation for them on their travels’.

SYHA currently has a network of around 70 Youth Hostels, including 30 independently-run affiliate hostels. It hosts around 500,000 guests annually bringing people to Scotland from all over the world.

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