Media Release: New summer youth hostel to open in Glasgow

The Glasgow School of Art's Margaret Macdonald House which SYHA will run as Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel this summer

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is delighted to announce the opening of Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel from 26 June to 30 August 2015 in The Glasgow School of Art’s Margaret Macdonald House – just minutes from Glasgow city centre.

During the summer months, SYHA will be running the student residence accommodation as a youth hostel, ideal for individuals, families and groups in addition to students.

This is in addition to SYHA’s existing Glasgow Youth Hostel in the West End which is open, all year-round.

Margaret Macdonald House is registered as a two-star hostel with VisitScotland, and has achieved a gold rating from the Green Business Tourism Scheme.

The people who take advantage of this great value accommodation include backpackers, students, families, summer school students and groups, including pipe bands.

All 115 of the bedrooms are single and almost 50 per cent of the rooms are en-suite.

Prices start from £26pppn, with free wifi included.

SYHA chief executive, Keith Legge, said: “Securing additional youth hostel accommodation in Glasgow has been part of our strategy for some time and the Glasgow School of Art’s Margaret Macdonald House at Cowcaddens is ideal.

“This means we can offer our guests affordable accommodation just minutes from the city centre during the popular summer months.

“The whole of Glasgow had a phenomenal year in 2014 with the Commonwealth Games and it looks set to continue in popularity this year now the world has seen what great things are on offer.”

Glasgow Metro follows on from the opening of Portree Youth Hostel on the Isle of Skye in March as part of SYHA’s strategy to identify new opportunities for youth hostels and modernise its popular youth tourism destinations to meet guests’ expectations.

This plan includes an increased number of private and family rooms, whilst retaining the youth hostelling ethos of fellowship of likeminded individuals.

Furthermore, the plans for the refurbishment and upgrading of Glen Nevis Youth Hostel are well under way, with phased development work due to start in early 2016.

SYHA also operates two other summer youth hostels: Edinburgh Metro open during July and August, just minutes from the Grassmarket, and Perth, open from 20 June to 22 August in the Perth College halls of residence.


Notes to editors:

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charity operating a network of nearly 70 exceptional youth and affiliate hostels for the benefit of all those wishing to learn and experience what Scotland has to offer.

Our unique sites provide affordable, comfortable, safe and quality-assured accommodation with a warm friendly welcome, local knowledge, activities and services for guests travelling around Scotland.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we encourage guests to join SYHA Hostelling Scotland, which is free to everyone under-16 and students in full-time education.

Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits including dual membership of Hostelling International, providing access to more than 4,000 youth hostels in over 90 countries worldwide.

Membership and guest overnight income supports our charitable youth programmes and the maintenance of the hostelling network, particularly in rural Scotland.

Glasgow Metro, 89 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, G3 6QT,

Jane Mackie | SYHA Hostelling Scotland |E: | T: 01786 891306

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

All media enquiries for The Glasgow School of Art: Lesley Booth, 0779 941 4474 |

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