The Proposal by Janet Malloy to turn the Little Schoolie into a Bunkhouse


A bunkhouse/hostel is a basic place for walkers, cyclists, small groups, any visitor in fact, to stay overnight. The proposed bunkhouse will have a capacity of 8-10 people staying in either bunk beds or in a family room. There will be a drying area for folk to be able to hang their clothes/jackets if they are caught in rain or snow. A cycle shed/rack for cyclists to leave their bikes safe and secure overnight without “cluttering” up the bunkhouse.

People who enjoy the outdoors will appreciate the views, walks and scenic roads that Gardenstown can offer. Photographers will be attracted by the wildlife, beautiful village scenes and the possibility of perhaps capturing the Northern Lights. The amazing geology round the area could attract geography students, scouts, young people doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Divers, canoeists…the possibilities are endless.

This could be a fantastic opportunity for the village and its future generations/ residents to benefit from an amazing gift that was donated to the village. Local trades doing the renovations, local trades doing the maintenance, local jobs and the chance for the village to benefit financially.



Potential Benefits of Bunkhouse

  • Employment
  • Hostel Manager
  • Cleaner
  • Potential for serviced cleaning company in village to manage this and other holiday lets
  • Food Provision for existing food providers or a bespoke evening meal provider on request
  • Potential for consideration of further alternative food providers as numbers increase
  • Potential to become electric bicycle hub
  • Potential for cycle repair business on proof of cyclist numbers
  • Potential for holistic health providers to offer first aid/massage/reflexology etc to walkers/cyclists


Increase in Tourism

Potential to increase tourist numbers to North East Scotland/Aberdeenshire

Potential to re-open coastal path from Macduff to Gardenstown and on around coast

Potential to add formal cycling routes to include Gardenstown and neighbouring villages with a loop added to NCN 1

Link to other hostels along coast as natural day walking and overnight facilities.


Potential Pitfalls of Bunkhouse

Potential for competition to other lets/bed and breakfast owners

Potential for increase of vehicles into village

Potential to increase in traffic on private road (High Street).


Start up Costs

  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Electrics
  • Water Meter
  • Renovations
  • Building Fees
  • Architect Fees
  • Solicitor Fees
  • Fire Alarm
  • Landscaping
  • Outdoor Buildings
  • Furnishings:
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Bedrooms
  • Lounge/Meeting Room
  • Dining
  • Bathrooms
  • First Year Manager Costs
  • Other Professional Fees
  • Contingency

Estimated Capital Costs of £200,000

50% Funding EU Grant / 50% Funding Loan from Scottish Resilience Funding

Possibility for local fund raising to reduce loan


Income and expenditure – Following Set up

Heating and power – 5000

Water – 2000

Telephone and Broadband –  800

Subscriptions and Licensing – 500

Loan Repayments – 4000

Hostel Manager  -15000

Cleaner – 5000

Insurance – 1000

Accountancy – 2000

Consumables – 500

Repairs/Decorating  – 1000


Total Expenditure –


Total Income –
(based on eight beds @ £20 per night for 65% occupancy)


The proposal document (PDF) can be downloaded HERE