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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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)

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 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

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

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 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

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

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.

Exterior of the lovely St Paul's YHA

YHA London St Paul's

Formerly a school for choirboys, this remarkable-looking building boasts the ultimate location for exploring London - it's literally seconds from the cathedral! 213 beds, perfect for families, fully licensed restaurant serves breakfast and dinner.
213 beds from singles to dorm rooms

From £16 per night.

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 Barn

The Barn, Lundy Island, Devon

The Barn, a hostel at the centre of Lundy life, has two dormitory-style bedrooms sleeping six and eight that are lined with varnished wood. The large sitting-room has an open fire. One of the island’s best views can be seen from the sleeping gallery
2 Dormitories sleeping 6 and 8

4 nights from £349 (Equivalent to £6.23 per person per night)

YHA Eastbourne, Sussex, England

Wonderful views of Eastbourne and great access to the South Downs Way for walkers, cyclists and dog owners . 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

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 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.

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.

Exterior of Habitat @ Ballater

Habitat @ Ballater, Cairngorms, Scotland

The idea of a five-star hostel may seem somewhat contradictory, but this place pulls it off with style. Communal areas are modern and stylish and the facilities are excellent. Balmoral Castle is nearby along with many walking and cycling trails.
34 beds - 6 dorms plus private rooms

Beds in bunkroom from £18, twin/family room from £45/75.

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

Fraoch Lodge

Fraoch Lodge, Cairngorms, Scotland

Come and share a home away from home at Fraoch Lodge in the Cairngorms. Andy, a qualified mountain leader, is happy to advise on routes; Wee Gregor, at 5, is also happy to share his experiences & help out; and Rebecca is a great cook & gardener.
7: 5 twins/doubles; 1 triple; 1 single

£21 per person over 12; £10.50 per child (age 5 - 11); under 5s free - based on min 2 night stay and including a light breakfast.

YHA Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Right in the centre of lovely Cambridge, this 32-room hostel, located in a Victorian townhouse, and has recently undergone extensive renovations. There's a great café/bar on the ground floor.
122 beds in 32 rooms; 10 en-suite

Dorms: from £14.50; double rooms from £49

Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel, Langdale Valley, Lake District

A 38 bed hostel in the heart of the Lake District, Langdale Valley is the perfect base for cycling, walking and climbing. A cost effective option for groups or families and perfect for individuals looking for self-catering or home cooking in comfort.
38 rooms

from £15

YHA Bristol, Somerset, England

Explore buzzy, forward-thinking Bristol from this base right on the city's harbourside. Visit museums, galleries and independent shops. Brunel's magnificent suspension bridge is close, and the Somerset's rolling hills within striking distance.
133 beds (dorms, private rooms, some en-suite)

Dorms from £15; private rooms from £45

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

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

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

Private triple room

Smart City Hostels, Edinburgh, Scotland

Smart City Hostels redefines the hostel experience. A 5 star accredited hostel, just off the Royal Mile. Dorm with private rooms are available - all en suite. We have Bar 50 for food and drinks, a secure 24 hour reception and free wifi.
617 beds - mix of private and dorm rooms from 2-12 people

Prices vary by season. £12-£38/person dorm room; £19.50-£59.50/person private room

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

Entrance hall to YHA London St Pancras

YHA London St Pancras, London, England

YHA London St Pancras is just across the street from Kings Cross/St Pancras International station so perfect for travellers, but this hostel also makes a fantastic base for weekends away, budget family breaks and cut price sightseeing holidays.
40 rooms from doubles to bunks in dorms

From £18 per person per night

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 Cardiff Central street view

YHA Cardiff Central, Wales

Located in the heart of Cardiff and within walking distance of all the city’s best attractions, including the Principality Stadium, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay and rail and coach stations. With 320 en suite beds no wonder this is a 5* hostel.
320 beds

from £10

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

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)

YHA Edale, Derbyshire, England

Not only is this YHA one of the highest residences in the Peak District (fab views on all sides), but they run a great range of family-friendly activity breaks: have a go at archery, caving, canoeing and abseiling. Cycling and walking trails abound.
157 beds

Dorms from £13; 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. Dogs welcome!
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

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 Litton Cheney, Dorset, England

Surrounded by beautiful countryside just waiting to be explored, this former dairy in picturesque Litton Cheney is ideal for walkers and cyclists alike. Walk straight onto the South West Coast Path, or visit Chesil Beach and Abbotsbury Swannery.
22 beds, mix of private rooms and dorm beds.

From £18 for a dorm bed - up to £85 for a private room for 6 people.

The stunning mountain view from Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel, Cairngorms, Scotland

This spacious hostel offers great facilities and the best of the Cairngorms on its doorstep: fantastic hiking, mountain-biking and snow sports await. Loch Morlich Watersports Centre and beach are also nearby. Oh, and you'll love the amazing view.
72 beds - dorm rooms and private rooms available

Dorm beds from £17, twin rooms from £45

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 Brighton Regency frontage

YHA Brighton, Sussex

Complete beach front regency grandeur, YHA Brighton is mere minutes walk from Brighton Pier, Prince Regent’s magnificent Pavilion and the Lanes 180 beds across 51 rooms ranging from single to eight beds all en suite, a 4* hostel with cafe and bar.
180 rooms

beds from £13

Deepdale Tipi

Deepdale Backpackers & Camping, Norfolk, UK

Award winning, eco friendly, self-catering, backpackers' paradise of a hostel and campsite on the Norfolk Coast. This beautiful village by the sea is designated an "area of outstanding natural beauty" - the driest, warmest, sunniest region in the UK.
Mixed private & dorm, Campsite, Tipis, Yurts, Shepherds huts

from £18 camping to £90 yurt. All other prices in between.

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 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 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

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 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

Haggs Bank Bunkhouse exterior

Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, North Pennines, England

Get back to basics at this clean, comfortable and friendly bunkhouse and its adjoining campsite. Not only is it surrounded by the glorious scenery of the North Pennines, it also boasts its own beautiful patch of woodland and wildflower meadow.
Bunkhouse sleeps 24, also a camp and caravan site.

Bunkhouse: £18 pppn. Campers: £8 pppn. Caravans: £20 per night.

Exterior of Nethy House, one of the Abernethy bunkhouses

Abernethy Bunkhouses, Cairngorms, Scotland

These bunkhouses are fantastic for groups of any size - you have exclusive hire but only pay per bed used. Characterful Nethy House accommodates 25 to 65 people; smaller Nethy station sleeps 10 to 26. Walks, castles, lochs and distilleries beckon.
Nethy House sleeps 25-65, Nethy Station sleeps 10-26

Nethy House from £13.50 per bed, Nethy Station from £14.50 per bed

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