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Taking an environmentally friendly holiday doesn't have to mean splashing out on a luxury eco resort - in fact there are plenty of affordable eco accommodations around the world, and amongst them, some fantastic hostels.

A hostel doesn't have to mean spartan: many are fully equipped with a huge range of facilities and conveniences, and all offer clean, comfortable beds at a bargain price.

If you're a cyclist, keep an eye out for the 25 YHA hostels that have recently benefitted from investment in their cycling facilites, including cycle repair and maintenance stations, secure lockers and secure cycle sheds.

Brecon Beacons YHA

YHA Brecon Beacons, Brecon, Wales

Formerly known as Llwyn y Celyn YHA Brecon Beacons is set in 15 acres of ancient woodland, overlooking the River Tarell with views towards Y Gyrn - great countryside for walking or cycling holidays. Tasty home-cooked food and local ales served.
Prices from £21 - £86 (dorm beds - 6 bed rooms)

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Lovely cottage in Slane, Ireland. Photo by Didier Riva

Slane Farm Hostel, Co. Meath, Ireland

Award winning cottages and hostel on a working farm in the Heart of the Boyne Valley. The old farm building, once belonging to Slane Castle, has been lovingly restored to ensure that guests are very welcome and comfortable.
The six cottages provide 8 double rooms and one twin room

Cottages per night is 80 euro. 350euro per week and 150 euro for weekend. Bun houses 18 euro per person per night . Private Room 25 euro per person per night. Large Groups 25 and over 20 euro per person for the entire hostel. Children under 4 free children 4 - 12 half price.

Thorney How, main house view

Thorney How, Grasmere Independent Hostel

An independent, family run backpacking hostel and walker’s cafe/bar in Grasmere, in the heart of the stunning Lake District. Situated in 2¼ acres of stunning natural grounds, has over 350 years of heritage. Electric bike hire available.
10 bed rooms 1x2, 7x4, 2x6 plus 8 person Camping Barn

£66 per night private double with continental breakfast,, £110 per night family type 4 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, £27.50 pppn in shared/ mixed 6 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, , Bunkhouse £23 per bed, £85 per room, Camping Barn £11.50 per person, £85 whole use

Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, Brecon Beacons, Wales

More beautiful barn conversion than bunkhouse, Wern Watkin is the ultimate pad for groups of walkers, cyclists and families looking for adventure in the surrounding Brecon Beacons.
Sleeps 30 in 7 en-suite bedrooms.

Beds from £18.50 per night.

Brecon Beacons YHA

YHA Brecon Beacons, Brecon, Wales

Formerly known as Llwyn y Celyn YHA Brecon Beacons is set in 15 acres of ancient woodland, overlooking the River Tarell with views towards Y Gyrn - great countryside for walking or cycling holidays. Tasty home-cooked food and local ales served.
41 beds: 1xdouble, 3x2, 1x2 es, 2x4, 1x4 es plus dorm beds

Prices from £21 - £86 (dorm beds - 6 bed rooms)

Yarde Orchard

Yarde Bunkhouse, Devon, England

Yarde Bunkhouse is the only accommodation on Devon's magnificent Tarka Trail and Coast to Coast Cycle routes. Simple hostel style rooms, and one family room in annexe. Sensitively built to eco-spec, with organic cafe on site. Summer camping available
Three rooms (Double+2 bunk, 4-bunk room, 6-bunk room); Yurt

Bunk in shared room £12 adult, £8 under 16. Bunk room for 2 £40, for 4 £40, for 6 £60. Entire bunkhouse £140. Summer camping from £5 pp for own tent pitch, to £34 for 3 person yurt incl. bedding.

exterior of en-suite accommodation

SRUC – Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen, Scotland

Just a short distance from the beaches, outdoor sports and walking trails of Scotland's North East coast, SRUC–Craibstone Estate is a comfortable hostel with a walled garden and arboretum, surrounded by some 800 acres of glorious woodland.
45 single ensuite rooms, 15 twin ensuite rooms

single ensuite room costs £30 per person, twin ensuite room costs £50 per room

YHA Ravenstor, Derbyshire, England

With 60 acres of National Trust parkland, you've got stunning views across the Derbyshire Dales from every window. Bring the brood for an action-packed activity holiday: endless walking and cycling routes, and historic homes and gardens nearby.
70 beds (dorms and private rooms)

Dorms from £13; private rooms from £29

Exterior of Strathspey Mountain Hostel

Strathspey Mountain Hostel, Cairngorms, Scotland

This friendly, great-value hostel in Newtonmore offers easy access to any number of outdoor activities, whether it's walking, climbing, cycling or skiing that you fancy. And when you return, there's a roaring open fire in the lounge to warm you up.
Two 6-bed dorms and two 3-bed rooms

Dorm beds £13, private room £30, Holmfield Cottage £60

The tiny, secluded campsite at The Lazy Duck

The Lazy Duck, Cairngorms, Scotland

'So laid-back it's almost horizontal', the Lazy Duck offers the ultimate peaceful retreat, tucked away in green pine forests full of wildlife. The site includes an 8-person hostel, romantic eco-lodge and cabin and a tranquil campsite with hammocks.
Eco-lodge & cabin sleep 2; hostel sleeps 8; campsite 4-pitch

Hostel from £19 pppn; cabin/eco-lodge from £95 per night for 2 people; camping £15 per tent per night (+ £5 per extra person).

YHA National Forest, Derbyshire, England

Located at the Conkers visitor centre, this is a great base for budget, family-friendly breaks. There are walking and cycling routes galore, and a lovely café on site. Archery, birds of prey handling and llama trekking nearby.
23 triples and dorm rooms

Dorms from £9.50

YHA Keswick, Cumbria, England

Take the launch across Derwentwater and climb Catbells before an evening stroll: this small, friendly youth hostel is well placed for exploring the Lake District. You're just a five-minute walk into town, and ten minutes to the lake.
85 beds in 26 bedrooms, sleeping 2-6

Dorms from £10; doubles from £39

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, Derbyshire, England

A magnificent refurbished Victorian Gothic mansion with great restaurant serving a 'rural' menu. You're surrounded by 27 acres of parkland and woodland - a great base for family adventures in the Peak District, with pretty Castleton on your doorstep.
146 beds/36 rooms; 28-bed annex (groups only); campsite

Dorms from £13.50

The exterior of Braemar Youth Hostel

Braemar Youth Hostel, Cairngorms, Scotland

This impressive former shooting lodge has traditional furnishings but it's equipped with all the modern facilities you could need. Ideal for outdoor activities, and at the end of the day you can curl up on comfy sofas beside the woodburning stove.
41 beds - mix of dorms and private rooms

Dorm beds from £16, twin rooms from £39

Llangollen Hostel, Denbighshire, Wales

A 32-bed hostel conveniently in the centre of Lllangollen with excellent facilities, including laundry, kitchen, lounge with log fire, wifi, bike and canoe storage, drying room and luggage drop. Dorms, as well as double and single rooms available.
32-bed hostel; some doubles en suite, plus dormitories

From £18 per person, including breakfast

Sparrowhawk Backpackers Hostel, Dartmoor, England

One of the country’s friendliest, cosiest hostels is set in a beautifully converted stone stable, its hay loft providing space for the dorm beds. Run with the environment firmly in mind the hostel has a well-equipped kitchen and sheltered courtyard.
14 bed dorm + 1 double room

Dorm room: adult £17, child under 14 £8. Double room £38.

Centrally located YHA London Central

YHA London Central, London, England

YHA London Central is modern, but affordable, and just five minutes from Oxford Street. Close to all public transport there is a bar, cafe and self-catering facilities, a sitting room with wifi. Perfect for all your family's sightseeing needs.
56 rooms ranging from doubles to dorm rooms

Price from £18 per person per night

Interior main staircase of Sleep Well Hostel

Sleep Well Hostel, Brussels, Belgium

Sleep Well is a hostel that offers maximum comfort at minimum prices, with a range of room types from dorms to 'luxe' private rooms. It holds a Two-star Ecodynamic Enterprise label for initiatives such as 100% renewable electricity.
240 beds, ranging from dorm beds to private rooms

Dorm beds from 23.50 euros; private double room 73 euros

YHA Hathersage, Derbyshire, England

Plumb in the middle of pretty Hathersage with walking, cycling and climbing opportunities aplenty, this YHA is a great base for an activity holiday. There's a games room and books to borrow for rainy days, too. Chatsworth House is close by.
42 beds (dorms and private rooms)

Dorms from £17.50

Exterior of St Christopher's Inn Canal hostel

St Christopher's Inn, Paris, France

This cheerful backpacker hostel boasts a picturesque setting on the waterfront, in a neighbourhood you may recognise from the film Amélie. It has a sociable atmosphere and keen efforts at energy and water conservation.
4-12 bed dorms, private double and single rooms available

Dorm beds from 32.90 euros; private double rooms from 57.50 euros per person.

Monkton Wyld Court exterior

Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset, England

A welcoming B&B and campsite, amid rolling hills and within walking distance of the Jurassic coast. Visitors return time and again, secure in the knowledge that the hosts are doing everything they can to make their stay a green and relaxing one.
14 rooms comprising singles, doubles, twins, family + dorms

£35/45 single, £70 double/twin, £99 triple and hostel accommodation at £20 - all prices are per night

Astraka Refuge, near Megalo Papigo, Greece

A family-run hikers’ hostel three hours’ walk from Megalo Papigo that’s great for outdoor activites such as hiking and rock climbing on Mount Timfi. Yet non-walkers will also appreciate the extraordinary escapism and dramatic views.
50 beds in 4 mixed dormitories

Bunks from €12

Schlod Mhor Lodge is well-equipped for outdoor activities such as cycling

Slochd Mhor Lodge, Cairngorms, Scotland

This hostel is brilliantly set-up for outdoor activities, offering everything from Nordic ski hire to a cycle workshop. It feels wonderfully Scottish with the air of an Alpine gîte, with a hearty woodburning stove and red squirrels scampering about.
25 beds - dormitories, private rooms & family suites

Dorm rate from £19 for 2+ nights, Twin rate from £21 per person, family room from £19 per person.

Downhill Hostel Northern Ireland overlooks the Giant's Causeway Coast

Downhill Hostel, County Derry, Northern Ireland

An award winning hostel and retreat centre on Ireland's longest beach with the bonus of being easy on the budget. An ideal base for exploring the Giant's Causeway Coast, Dunluce Castle & the North Coast.
9: 6 double/twin/family rooms, 1 x 4 bed, 2 x 7 bed

£14.00 to £25.00

Exterior of Aviemore Youth Hostel

Aviemore Youth Hostel, Cairngorms, Scotland

Everything you'd expect from a hostel for outdoor enthusiasts - a well-equipped kitchen, large dining area and drying room, ideally located in the centre of Aviemore. The stunning panoramic views from the lounge will inspire you to get out there.
100 beds - rooms for 2 to 6 people

Dorm beds from £17, twin rooms from £45

YHA Eden Project, Cornwall, England

Bed down in converted shipping containers in this fabulous eco-friendly hostel in the heart of the wonderful Eden Project. There's a camping and bell tents available in the summer months, too. You're just a few minutes' walk to all the attractions.
234 beds in converted shipping containers. Campsite.

From £29 per person

YHA Eastbourne, Sussex, England

Wonderful views of Eastbourne and great access to the South Downs Way for walkers and cyclists. You're just a mile from the town centre and seafront, ideal for those wishing to explore the countryside or coast by bike or on foot.
30 beds (all rooms en-suite)

Dorms from £11.50

YHA Holmbury, Surrey, England

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty bordering 4,000 acres of open access countryside and woodland, the YHA at Holmbury has large grounds and is perfect for playing, relaxing, dining and camping. Heaven for walkers and cyclists.
13: 1 for 3, 2 for 2, 10 for 4; campsite with 15 pitches

Dorms from £11.50; private rooms from £29

YHA Conwy, Snowdonia, Wales

An ideal base for those wanting to explore North Wales on a budget! Families and groups will love it here, or anyone wanting to get to the coast or those after an activity break in Snowdonia. A great option for a car-free break.
82 beds (all rooms en-suite)

Dorm s from £11; private rooms from £26

YHA Malham, Yorkshire, England

YHA Malham is a great base from which to explore Pennine Way: families, single travellers, groups and school trips will all love this comfortable hostel in the heart of a beautiful dales village, surrounded by classic Yorkshire limestone scenery.
81 beds in 19 rooms sleeping 2-8; 2 camping pods for 3

Doubles from £39; dorms from £18.50; pods from £36

The Old School House Hostel, Lancashire, England

Set within gorgeous surroundings and just a short walk from the renown bird reserve Leighton Moss, this hostel is ideal for large groups. Cheap and cheerful (and comfortable, and clean), it's run on a no-profit basis by the local Quaker group.
6: 1 sleeps up to 25, 2 sleeps up to 3, 3 other large rooms

£15 - adults, £7.50 - under 16s

The entrance to The Smugglers Hostel, decorated with bright flags

The Smugglers Hostel, Cairngorms, Scotland

Travel back in time and tread in the footsteps of whisky smugglers, from the 'highest hostel in the Scottish Highlands'. Explore the wild landscape on foot or by bike - if cycling back up the hill seems a bit daunting, you can hire an electric one.
20 beds

Dorm beds £15 (discounts for group bookings)

Entrance to YHA London Oxford Street

YHA London Oxford Street, London, England

YHA London Oxford Street offers comfortable yet cheap accommodation in London’s West End where you will find an eclectic mix of cafes, pubs, cinemas, quirky boutiques and a great alternative nightlife. Self catering and restaurant on site, wifi.
104 beds from doubles to dorm rooms

Price from £23 per person per night

YHA Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England

Nestled in the Dorset hillside, this seaside timber retreat is just a one-mile walk away from Lulworth Cove and the South West Coast Path, and is the perfect place for discovering Dorset's Jurassic Coast and the historic Lulworth Castle.
34 beds in total. Camping space for up to 12 people.

From £20 for a single dorm bed - up to £90 for a private family room sleeping up to 6 people.

YHA Swanage, Dorset, England

This elegant Victorian Villa on the dramatic Jurassic Coast is the perfect base for a family beach holiday. Within minutes, you can be building sandcastles on an award-winning sandy beach or enjoying the classic seaside resort of Swanage.
101 beds. Rooms 2-8 beds, for private hire or as dorms.

From £13 per person for a dorm bed - up to £90 for a private room for 6 or more people.

Hawkshead

YHA Hawkshead, Cumbria, England

This family-friendly grade II listed Regency style building, in a glorious setting overlooking tranquil Esthwaite Water, is an ideal base for cheap family breaks, school trips and activity breaks. Great for walking and cycling.
106 beds in dorms and private rooms; 8 pods; cabin for 5

Dorms from £15

YHA Truleigh Hill, Sussex, England

A quiet spot close to some fabulous walking and cycling routes and spectacular views. The hostel is set in the South Downs National Park, just inland from the coastal towns of Shoreham, Brighton, Hove and Worthing. Lovely grounds to relax in.
56 beds (dorms and private rooms)

Dorms from £11.50; private rooms from £29

Sunset over the Helmsley

YHA Helmsley, Yorkshire, England

Not far from the atmospheric ruins of Rievaulx and below the dramatic hills and moors of the North York Moors National Park, the lovely little town of Helmsley boasts a fantastic youth hostel for those looking for a budget option.
35 beds in 7 rooms: 2 for 4, 4 for 6, 1 for 3

Dorms from £12.50; from £49 for 3, £59 for 4

Dufton Hostel lounge

Dufton Hostel, North Pennines, England

This cosy hostel is ideally situated for nature lovers, with the Pennine Way, Cross Fell and High Cup Nick all close by. Spend your days exploring and have a delicious three-course dinner waiting to welcome you back!
Sleeps 32 over a number of rooms

£10 per person per night

YHA Okehampton, Dartmoor, England

This handy hostel has two sites – the original Goods Shed, next to Okehampton Railway Station, and Bracken Tor. Both sites offer a range of bunk rooms, some with private bathrooms, plus drying rooms, catering and dinning facilities and camping areas.
Sleeps 34 in bunks and en suite rooms

Beds from £14.50, private rooms from £24.

YHA South Downs, Sussex, England

These old Sussex farm buildings have been given a new lease of life. Inside, the rooms are packed with character, and there's the fantastic Courtyard Café serving up local treats. You're right on the South Downs Way, too.
66 beds (dorms and private rooms); 4 camping pods

Dorms from £13.50; private rooms from £35

Exterior of The Benwiskin Centre

Benwiskin Centre, Sligo, Ireland

A budget eco-hostel in a beautiful scenic rural location in North Sligo. A great base for exploring the stunning mountains, countryside and sandy beaches, particularly good for surfing and horse riding.
6 en suite rooms (2 family, 2 twin, Mixed dorm for 8 people)

Bed in dorm room €17 per night, Twin Room for 2 €50 per night, Family room for 4 €68 per night.

The exterior of Craigower Lodge with some of the bikes and canoes you can hire

Craigower Lodge - Caingorm Adventure Centre, Cairngorms

If you can't decide on just one outdoor activity, why not try them all? Stay at an activity centre with mountain bikes, canoes and kayaks available to hire. Fantastic for groups; you can relax and socialise on the terrace or in the cosy lounge.
68 beds

Dorm beds £16

YHA Ilam Hall, Derbyshire, England

A characterful 17th-century Gothic mansion surrounded by 84 acres of National Trust-owned parkland. Endless walking and cycling, and fantastic limestone gorge scenery on your doorstep. Pretty Ilam is worth exploring, too.
118 beds/25 rooms (dorms and family rooms)

Dorms from £13; private rooms from £29

Palace Farm Hostel with pretty flower boxes

Palace Farm Hostel & Campsite, Kent Downs, England

A family-run B&B, hostel and (quiet) campsite in a small quiet village in the heart of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fantastic for relaxing, wildlife watching, cycling and walking in the beautiful surroundings.
1x 2, 1x4, 2x5, 1x6 and 1x8 person rooms

Adults- £20 per person per night, Children- £15 per person per night, Single Supplement- £4 per person per night. Discount for room rates, see web site, group bookings please phone. Camping £8 for adults, £4 for children.

YHA Youlgreave

YHA Youlgreave, Derbyshire, England

High above the River Bradford and overlooking one of the area’s finest limestone dales is Youlgreave YHA. A perfect spot near the natural beauties of Lathkill Dale, and an ideal base for walking, cycling and climbing in Derbyshire’s White Peak.
42 beds: 1x2 4x4 1x6 plus dormitory accommodation

Prices from £15 - £139 (Dorm Beds - 6 bed private rooms)

Iona Hostel in a fantastic natural setting in Scotland

Iona Hostel and Bothy, Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland

An independent hostel with a strong ethos of sustainability, on a traditional working croft in an extraordinary and elemental landscape. Kick off your shoes and watch the light sing on the sea. Comes highly recommended by visitors.
Five mixed rooms, sleeping 2, 4 (x2) and 6 (x2)

£19.50 per bed night / £16.50 for under 10's.

YHA Eyam, Derbyshire, England

This tiny turreted castle perched on a hillside above the historic village of Eyam was built in 1887 and opened as a hostel in 1972. Superb location with great views, restaurant onsite and family-friendly activities on your doorstep.
60 beds/14 rooms

Dorms from £13.50; private rooms from £29

Impressive architecture of the exterior of Pop' Hotel, Avignon

Pop' Hostel, Avignon, France

This bright and vibrant hostel doesn't just offer good value and a central location - it's also great for socialising, with a bar serving regional wines and tapas and a communal lounge area with a library of resources to help you plan your stay.
22 rooms - dorms and private rooms available

Dorm beds from €15; private double rooms from €50

YHA Berwick, Northumberland, England

The old granary, set in Berwick's historic quarter, has been given a total revamp – it now houses one of the YHA's most beautiful structures. There are 13 bedrooms, a fabulous café/bar, an art gallery, and music and comedy nights throughout the year.
13 rooms: 55 beds in total

Dorm beds from £15, family rooms from £45

YHA London Thameside Rotherhithe

YHA London Thameside, London England

YHA London Thameside, a purpose built 320 bed hostel (with 70 en-suite rooms) in Rotherhithe, is on the Jubilee Line, London Underground with fast access to the entire London network, and the Thames path will take you on foot direct to Tower Bridge.
320 beds

From £15 per person per night

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