Kirk Yetholm

Scottish Borders
Staying Safe under the Covid-19 Pandemic. (Guidelines as at 1st May 2021)
UK Govt. road map out of lockdown for England suggests likely earliest limited hostel opening 17th May, leading to unrestricted opening 21st June... all based on continued suppression of virus.  Scotland is appearing more cautious with opening and likely a few weeks behind these dates - we therefore aiming for end of July to open Kirk Yetholm. For now we will follow current Scottish Govt. guidelines and allow only private rooms to be made available and only those in the same family/social bubble to share these rooms. Communal areas such as lounge and members kitchen will possibly not be available. Tea/coffee making facilities will be provided.  Social distancing will be adhered to within the building where practical and face coverings should be worn on entering the front door and in all communal areas/corridors outside of your private room.  Remember we have 2 pubs in village and our community shop - breakfast and evening meals are often taken at these by our many walkers and cyclists, so you won't starve during your stay with us!!
As the Pandemic and Govt. guidelines are constantly changing - further guidance and details of what to expect will be e-mailed out prior to your visit.
We look forward to making your stay as comfortable and safe as possible and hope for better times when we can all again meet in the spirit of friendship, share conversations and laughter.
Any questions just e-mail us:
Stay Safe and See You Soon... :)

Simon and Maureen. (1/5/2021)


Recently upgraded, Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House offers a friendly and peaceful retreat after a day exploring the stunning Scottish Borders countryside and local heritage. There is a comfortable lounge, a well equipped kitchen, seating for 18 in the dining area and secure bike storage.

  • Open:  March-Nov daily.  (Winter by arrangement).  Check in 5-11pm, check out 10am
  • Beds:  22 in total = 1x7, 1x5, 1x4, 2x2 (twin), 1x2 (bunk) bed room
  • Dormitory beds (single sex), Family and Private rooms available
  • All bedding provided
  • Members Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Drying Room
  • Showers
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • No Smoking
  • Our Friends of Nature House has also been awarded Visit Scotland 'Walkers Welcome', Visit Scotland 'Cyclists Welcome'.  We are an SYHA Affiliate Hostel.

Excellent local amenities:
In addition to the self catering facilities at the Hostel, evening meals and breakfast are available in the adjacent Border Hotel. There is a well stocked village shop and a choice of eateries within a 10 minute walk.

As a focal point of village life, the local community, Borders Council, walking and outdoors groups have all supported the continued operation of Kirk Yetholm and we have some great plans for the coming years in terms of green initiatives for the building and supporting the local economy. In September 2017 we celebrated 75 yrs of offering accommodation in the village in what was originally the village school.  We have established a Borders Friends of Nature Group and many of the improvements at Kirk Yetholm are shown on the group fb page:

The FoN publication "Travelling Respectfully - Tips for fair travel" is highly recommended and a good example of our work over the last 100+ years.  Download here:

Kirk Yetholm is run by a mix of volunteer wardens and paid staff, so if anyone is interested in wardening (or work parties!!) please get in touch.

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