Bunkum, 26 Hillhead Street, Glasgow G12 8PY
Bunkum is a small (36 bed) family run backpacker hostel offering extremely spacious and comfortable accommodation for travellers and backpackers in a 150 year old Victorian town-house in the vibrant West End of Glasgow.
The hostel facilities include a Common Room with TV, a large well appointed self-catering kitchen with cookers and microwave oven (tea and coffee is provided), a laundry room, public telephone, a small library including travel guides and local history books and (free) showers and (free) security lockers. There is also a limited number of free car parking spaces adjacent to the hostel. Unlike many hostels Bunkum has no night time curfew and no day time lockout.
Check-in is from 12.00 noon until 10.30 pm each day, although later check-in can be pre-arranged.
Bunkum is a member of SIH (Scottish Independent Hostels) the largest hostel organisation in Scotland with a range of over 100 quality hostels throughout the country. No membership is required for SIH hostels. For full details and a map seeWWW.hostel-scotland.co.uk
Single sex and mixed dormitory (6 or 8 beds) accommodation and family room accommodation costs from £12 per person per night; twin room accommodation costs from £16 per person per night.
Location and How to Find Us
The hostel is located in Hillhead Street in the West End of the city about 1 mile from the coach and rail stations.
By taxi the journey should cost £5 but it can be reached easily by bus from Buchanan Street Bus Station (along Great Western Road - look for The Belle bar on the left and get off at next stop - turn into Hillhead Street at the The Belle bar) or by Metro/Underground Railway (get off at Hillhead Station, exit right, take the first right into Great George Street and turn left at the top end into Hillhead Street).
Glasgow airport is 8 miles away (taxis from £18 - £20 depending on taxi driver and traffic congestion) and Prestwick airport is about 30 miles away (taxis around £50 - agree price with driver first). There are regular connecting coach and/or rail services to the city centre from both Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick airports. The train fare from Glasgow Prestwick is half price if you have a valid plane ticket!
Hillhead Street is flanked at one end by the magnificent, historic Glasgow University and at the other end by Great Western Road, the main tourist road to Loch Lomond and the North West (including destinations such as Oban, Glencoe, Fort William, Loch Ness and Skye).
The whole area is populated with many of Glasgow's best pubs, cafes and restaurants - where student prices are the norm as well as most of the main city museums and galleries (The Hunterian Gallery and the Charles Rennie MacKintosh House are actually in the same street as Bunkum); the good news for visitors is that admission to Glasgow City Galleries and Museums is Free. The area is the 'greenest' part of the city and the tropical hot-houses of the city Botanic Gardens and the less tropical Kelvingrove Park are only a couple of minutes away. On a more mundane but practical level there are banks, ATMs, travel agents, chemist shops, libraries, supermarkets, internet points and 24 hour convenience stores and cafes in the immediate vicinity.
For Glaswegians and locals the cosmopolitan West End of the city, recognised as the heart of young Glasgow, is definitely the best end of the city; it has its own festival in June every year. With Glasgow University right on the door step the area has its very own unique ambience yet it is only one mile from the noise and bustle of the city centre (and the best 'shopping' in the UK outside of London).
If you would like to book please get in touch as soon as possible - we have a limited number of beds and are usually busy. For immediate confirmation we recommend you telephone us as delays between e-mail correspondence can result in provisional bookings being lost. To guarantee the booking we need either -
You can give us your card number by telephone +44 (0)141 581 4481 or fax +44(0)141 581 6258. If you use e-mail send the card number (16 digits), expiry date and security in separate messages.
For cancellations we require 48 hours notice, otherwise we reserve the right to charge the cost of one night's accommodation to the credit card number given.
If you would like any more information let us know by e-mail or by telephone +44 (0)141 581 4481. For more information about the city of Glasgow see the web-sitewww.seeglasgow.com