Borders Youth Hostel Saved From Closure

BORDERS MP Michael Moore has welcomed news that a deal has been struck between Friends of Nature and SYHA to save the hostel at Kirk Yetholm.

Following the sale of the former youth hostel, it will be operational from mid-August under the Friends of Nature banner and it is understood that it will become an affiliate hostel within the SYHA network.

Commenting, Mr 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.”

Earlier this year it was announced a decision on the future of Broadmeadows Youth Hostel near Selkirk had been delayed until after this summer season, while attempts are ongoing to find a new location for a youth hostel in Melrose after the 80 berth Priorwood House was advertised for sale.

Commenting on the Kirk Yetholm hostel, 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.”