Scottish Borders hostel saved

Kirk Yetholm's youth hostel has been saved thanks to a deal between Friends of Nature and the Scottish Youth Hostel Association.

It is one of three hostels in the Scottish Borders that were earmarked for closure by the Scottish Youth Hostel Authority last year.

Broadmeadows, Melrose and Kirk Yetholm Hostels Credit: ITV Border

It along with Broadmeadows YHA and Melrose YHA had previously played an important role in Scottish Borders tourism, however in recent years occupancy has been as low as 13% for the year.

This deal will be welcome news for the people who live in the village who feared it's closure would affect tourism in the area.

Keith Legge, Chief Executive of SYHA Hostelling Scotland said:

“This is an excellent outcome for the community and is what we have been endeavouring to achieve in retaining accommodation for budget travellers in the Borders through our affiliate programme.”

– Keith Legge,
Kirk Yetholm Youth Hostel Credit: ITV Border

Local MP Michael Moore said:

"It is fantastic news that the hostel at Kirk Yetholm has been retained and I welcome the hard work and efforts of Friends of Nature and SYHA to make this happen.

“It was extremely disappointing last year to hear that all three Borders youth hostels were set for closure and I have worked closely with the CEO of SYHA ever since to discuss possible alternatives.

“Here in the Borders, we have so much to offer tourists and saving the hostel at Yetholm will provide a boost to the area.”

– Micahel Moore MP