Time to take a digital detox

Technology ‘addicts’ are being offered the chance to get away from ‘IT’ all with a detox weekend at youth hostels in some of the most stunning locations around Scotland.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland says visitors will be cut off from their phones and other devices.

Those behind the idea say it will give people an opportunity to re-connect with family, friends – and the most breathtaking countryside and wildlife that Scotland has to offer.

Once free of the ‘chains of technology’ they will get the chance to experience life away from a screen for the duration of their stay.

With an SYHA Tech Detox weekend break a huge variety of activities are on offer; highlighting the best of Scotland’s great outdoors.

It could mean bagging a Munro or joining a guided walk.

There will be a chance to paddle a sea kayak, sign up for some wildlife watching, explore the beaches of the North West Highlands, go cross-country on a mountain bike or take on an island SYHAdventure.

Keith Legge, CEO, SYHA Hostelling Scotland, said: “We all need to break free from technology once in a while – we’ve just forgotten how to do it!

“With our Tech Detox weekend in September we want people, especially young people, to get outside and see what Scotland has to offer.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to experience and appreciate our countryside, environment, natural heritage and places of historic and cultural interest.

“By the end, we hope that our visitors will fully appreciate all of the benefits of switching off once in a while and seeing what they’ve been missing out on when chained to their tech.”

When visitors arrive at an SYHA Tech Detox youth hostel all technological devices will be confiscated – mobile phones, tablets, laptops etc – and there will be no access to televisions or internet kiosks.

Youth hostel staff will be on hand to advise on local outdoor pursuits, recommend the best activity providers, suggest exciting tourist attractions to visit and the best places to eat and drink so visitors can fully engage with the local area.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland are offering 10% off accommodation at selected youth hostels when booking a Tech Detox Weekend up to 31 July and staying from 4 to 6 September.

Visitors can use promotion code SYHATD9 when booking.

For further details on the Tech Detox weekend and a list of youth hostels included go to: https://www.syha.org.uk/TechDetox