A plea has gone out to save Scotland’s oldest hostel in the Yarrow Valley from shutting its doors for good after 82 years.
SYHA Hostelling Scotland is looking to sell its Broadmeadows facility, first opened in 1931, citing declining visitor numbers this year.
Local councillor Vicky Davidson hopes the hostel can remain, but has cast doubt on the charity’s assertion that it had increased its marketing efforts to encourage more visitors.
She told The Wee Paper: “I don’t think it helped that we were not told it was to be open this summer. I only found out it was through a local farmer who thought it was doing quite well.
“Broadmeadows obviously does not fit in with SYHA’s strategy which seems to be city-based hostels where they can make money.
“Providing a bed for walkers was why the SYHA was founded, so it is disappointing they have decided to sell their oldest hostel.”
SYHA got rid of its Melrose and Kirk Yetholm facilities last year, but the latter has since been re-opened as a private hostel which is affiliated to SYHA. Ms Davidson added: “I just hope someone can come forward and take Broadmeadows on as a hostel.”
Keith Legge, CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland, said: “No feasible solution has been forthcoming and as a not-for-profit charitable organisation we must make responsible decisions if we are to secure the long-term viability of our network for future generations.”