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Coming out of hibernation

We reopened the doors of Saddle Mountain Hostel on 26th April 2021. After a long winter closure it feels like we’ve woken up from a very long sleep.

We were keen to welcome our first guest of the 2021 season but, of course, there were some anxious moments making sure the hostel was ready and we were prepared.

It’s been a busy few weeks since that first night. We’ve welcomed back many familiar faces as well as meeting some new guests. We’re pleased to report we have remembered what to do. We’re also delighted that our guests have given us some great reviews already. The extras (fridge, kettle, table) we’ve added to our bedrooms to make a stay with us more comfortable are going down well.

We’ve been busy on other fronts too. Continuing to represent the hostelling sector and working with the Scottish Government, VisitScotland and UK Hospitality Scotland has taken up a lot of our time and there is still much to do as hostels continue to face significant challenges. Greg, along with two other members of Scottish Independent Hostels, was interviewed for a news item on BBC Scotland about the problems connected with running a hostel at the moment, even though we are open. He’s becoming quite the media star, following up his appearances on TV and the radio last summer! And we’ve managed to sneak in some time off to further explore our local area so we have lots more ideas for things to do when you stay.

Like all animals coming out of hibernation, we’ve emerged into spring hungry and ready to resume with life. We hope you feel the same way and are able to stay with us soon.

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