Book a ‘Tech Detox’ hostel in Scotland

Book a ‘Tech Detox’ hostel in Scotland

THERE’S much to be said for switching off your phone and taking a deep breath of fresh air.

Seems that SYHA Hostelling in Scotland agrees. Between 4th and 6th September we can escape to a SYHA hostel away from phones, laptops and tablets so that we really can “re-connect with family, friends and the most breathtaking countryside and wildlife that Scotland has to offer”.

The ‘Tech Detox’ youth hostels are based in some of the most wondrous locations in Scotland, namely:

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.

Pictured above and below is the Loch Ossian Youth Hostel, perfectly nestled by the edge of Loch Ossian. Makes us want to get out on the mountain bike.


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.

Keith Legge, CEO, SYHA Hostelling Scotland, explains the reason why they are offering the ‘Tech Detox’ weekend: “We all need to break free from technology once in a while,” he says. “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.”

Switch off at Lochranza in  Arran

Switch off at Lochranza in Arran

There is currently 10% off accommodation at selected youth hostels when booking a Tech Detox Weekend up to 31 July for a stay 4 – 6 September. Enter promotion code SYHATD9 when booking.

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

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