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Take a look inside the newly renovated Inverness Youth Hostel


By John Davidson


The hostel has an upgraded reception area including a 75in television.
The hostel has an upgraded reception area including a 75in television.

Here's what guests can expect when they open the doors to Inverness Youth Hostel after £40,000 was spent on refurbishing its public spaces.

The reception, lounge and café bar areas have been upgraded at the 163-bed hostel as part of a wider modernisation project.

The dining area after the refurbishment.
The dining area after the refurbishment.

Hostelling Scotland says the work has transformed the reception, entrance and internal spaces into a comfortable, warm and welcoming social space perfect for meeting, working, socialising and relaxing.

The project also involved the development of a flexible meeting space with audio-visual facilities, as it targets the city venue as a meeting place as well as the more traditional budget accommodation for travellers.

Meeting spaces have also been upgraded.
Meeting spaces have also been upgraded.

The renovation in the Highland capital follows recent development projects at Glen Nevis, Aberdeen, Loch Ossian, Achmelvich Beach, Oban and Lochranza youth hostels, with others at the planning and developments stage.

Hostelling Scotland chief executive Margo Paterson said: "We pride ourselves in excellent customer service, listening to our members and guests, understanding their needs and developing our network to offer the best possible hostelling experience.

The water refill station at Inverness Youth Hostel.
The water refill station at Inverness Youth Hostel.

"The Inverness Youth Hostel refurbishment project highlights this perfectly while also raising the profile of hostelling in Scotland. It reflects our mission to make more of Scotland more accessible to more people than anyone else; and especially young people, providing great value, affordable, flexible and welcoming accommodation in the best locations across Scotland."

Living areas have been modernised.
Living areas have been modernised.

The redesign was undertaken by Inverness company Canonbury Interiors.

The city youth hostel also has two hostelling firsts going for it – it is the first Hostelling Scotland location to introduce a Scottish Water refill station as part of the utility's Your Water, Your Life initiative, and also the first to serve Innes and Gunn beer on tap in its café bar.

Guests can buy Innes and Gunn beer on tap.
Guests can buy Innes and Gunn beer on tap.


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