TORRIDON Youth Hostel has recently been awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme Award.
The accolade is in recognition of the environmental initiatives put in place, which include comprehensive green information for guests, a good waste management system and reuse of different materials.
Situated in the wild and remote area at the head of Upper Loch Torridon, the Youth Hostel is a great option for walkers and climbers as well as those simply wishing to relax and enjoy the wildlife.
The building is purpose built and offers modern facilities for outdoor enthusiasts – it also accommodates the local Mountain Rescue service.
The four-star Youth Hostel is recommended by TripAdvisor and this new Green Tourism achievement can be accredited to Mat, Emily and Jo – the team at Torridon Youth Hostel.
They are very aware of environmental issues and committed to working as sustainably as possible.
Keith Legge, CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland, said: “There is a strong culture of environmental awareness among SYHA staff which reflects the wider ‘green’ ethos of hostelling. Feedback reveals that our guests value eco-initiatives and the importance of travelling in a way that is sustainable.
“I am very pleased to see Torridon Youth Hostel join Lochranza, Port Charlotte and Ullapool Youth Hostels at the top of the Green Tourism Awards podium.”
Mat Webster, manager of Torridon Youth Hostel, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Torridon has won this award. With its beautiful scenery, wildlife and opportunities for outdoor adventure, Torridon is a wonderful place to explore and a great destination for hill walking and climbing.”
SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a registered charity dedicated to providing affordable, quality accommodation. The charity is committed to promoting the social, environmental and educational benefits of hostelling to all, from families to retired people, couples to groups of friends.
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Notes to Editors
SYHA is an 81 year-old charity which provides youth hostelling accommodation for the education, health and wellbeing of people in Scotland and beyond.
SYHA currently has a network of around 65 Youth Hostels, including 25 independently-run affiliate hostels.
As a not-for-profit organisation, any income generated from the provision of youth hostelling is invested back into the network of Youth Hostels in Scotland.
SYHA is open to all and offers free membership to young people under the age of 16 along with those in full time education.
We are part of the Hostelling International Network which offers affordable and accessible opportunities to visit locations in 80 countries across the world.
SYHA hosts on average 500,000 guests annually bringing people to Scotland from all over the world.
VisitScotland estimates that SYHA contributes over £24m pa to the local tourism economy.
The charity’s Youth Hostels serve most of the country’s most desirable destinations, from key urban locations to breath-taking rural areas, including some of Scotland’s most remote, and enticing, beauty spots.
SYHA Hostelling Scotland is part of the VisitScotland Hostel Quality Assurance Scheme and the largest participant in the Green Tourism Business Scheme in Scotland.
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Contact: Roanna Laverty