STAYING in an independent hostel is fast becoming a more likely choice for people looking for quality accommodation in Scotland, and the Scottish hostel sector is responding by putting innovation and Scottish hospitality at the heart of their customer service.
Clear evidence of this is the success of Morag’s Lodge in Fort Augustus which has just won ‘Best Self-Service Accommodation 2012’ at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards.
The judges said: “Morag’s Lodge demonstrates a powerful focus on customer service via a clear and impressive interpretation of ‘Highland hospitality’.
“They possess a driving ambition to be the budget accommodation unit of choice in the Highlands.”
Morag’s Lodge is a member of the Scottish Independent Hostel (SIH) network which has 130 individual and unique privately-run hostels within its membership.
Andrew Donaldson, chair of SIH, said: “Our hostel members tend to locate in the most magical places and offer a depth of local knowledge for their guests because they are passionate about their area of Scotland and hostelling.
“Many hostels offer unique extras and many are responding to customers by providing private rooms and ensuite bathrooms, while still allowing the warmth of shared experience for which hostelling is famous.
“We are very proud of Morag’s Lodge for highlighting so well what is best about hostelling and congratulate them on their success.”
Peter Duncan, general manager of Morag’s Lodge, said: “The standard of applicants for the Tourism Awards was extremely high and we are incredibly proud to have been selected to represent the Highlands and Islands at the upcoming the VisitScotland Thistle Awards.”
Adds a spokesperson: “The perception of hostelling in Scotland is changing. Families on tight budgets are warming to the idea of the camaraderie and fun of hostelling with the reassurance that all Scottish Independent Hostels are quality-assured by VisitScotland and that a choice of accommodation is on offer as well as the traditional bunks.”
Further information on Morag’s Lodge:
T: 0131 558 2342 M: 07879 897 509
Further information on SIH:
Scottish Independent Hostels
T: 01383 413126 M: 07764768067
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