Hostelling International Northern Ireland

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Hostelling International Northern Ireland (HINI) is an organisation providing youth hostel accommodation in Northern Ireland. It is a member of the Hostelling International federation.


The Youth Hostels Association of Northern Ireland was formed in 1931,[1] around the same time as the Youth Hostels Association (England & Wales) YHA(E&W) and the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA). All three arose from a slightly earlier proposal to form the Youth Hostel Association of Great Britain.

Like all associations, in its early days it offered spartan facilities for those on walking or cycling holidays.[1]

Modern hostelling[edit]

The name of the association changed to Hostelling International Northern Ireland in the 1990s. As of 2015 it runs three Hostels and two affiliated Hostels.[2] The hostels are at Belfast, Bushmills and Whitepark Bay (near Ballycastle) and the newly refurbished affiliated hostel is situated in Armagh. The other affiliated hostel is Tir Navar in Derrygonnelly, Co Fermanagh.

Rooms are smaller than in the past ranging from two beds to six beds and can be used by families as well as individual travellers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Hostelling International Northern Ireland - History". Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
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