Staying with Hostelling Scotland
Youth Hostels offer great value, flexible accommodation, expert local knowledge and a warm welcome for anyone wishing to experience Scotland. With youth hostels in some of the finest locations in Scotland, from cities to islands, beaches to hills and mountains and all points in between we offer a range of accommodation types that won’t break the budget.
Our youth hostels are open to all and everyone is welcome.
You can always be assured of a warm welcome and comfortable and clean accommodation. Our youth hostels offer a range of shared and private accommodation and are suitable for families, individuals and groups.
No – these days are long gone! Our teams look after all the cleaning, so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
Some of our youth hostels are available for private rental. Many of our hostels are ideally suited for popular activities such as hill walking, cycling and canoeing, making them an ideal base for any club or group looking for an exclusive rental. From weekend getaways for a special party to short breaks with family or friends, work events or even weddings, our private rentals offer the perfect escape for any occasion.
Your room should be hoovered, bins emptied, and showers and toilets cleaned every day.
Our affiliate hostels allow us to offer our guests accommodation in areas of Scotland where we have no Hostelling Scotland youth hostels helping our guests make the most of their trip to Scotland. They are accommodation providers which are recommended by Hostelling Scotland but operate independently and will be subject to different terms and conditions when booking. Members of Hostelling Scotland will be unable to use their membership when staying with an affiliate hostel. Please see the hostel pages for more information.
Dogs are welcome at a the following youth hostels:
- Achmelvich Beach
- Cairngorm Lodge
- Durness Smoo
- Gairloch Sands
A small fee of five pounds per night will be charged. Please note that all dogs must be booked in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is allocated. For further information please refer to our Dog Guidelines.
Registered assistance dogs are welcome at all our youth hostels but please stipulate this when booking.
Parking facilities vary at each youth hostel. Some parking may be on street or at a public car park and charges may apply. All vehicles are parked and left at the owner’s risk.
Hostelling Scotland are specialists in providing group accommodation. We can work with organisers to provide tailored packages to suit all requirements across a number of destinations throughout Scotland. Groups can also use our Exclusively yours…RentaHostel service and get, sole, exclusive use of a fantastic Hostelling Scotland property. Find out more here.
Whether planning a curriculum led school trip, an organised club outing, a wedding day or simply a gathering of friends, we can help. Find out more information and a list of our suitable youth hostels here.
Please note that we do not accept stag or hen parties at any of our youth hostels.
Making a booking
You don’t have to be a member to book and stay at our youth hostels but we do operate on a membership basis and daily membership is available at a cost of £3 per person per night.
If you do decide to become a member of Hostelling Scotland you will pay less every time you stay with us and gain access to membership benefits that will save you money on a host of visitor attractions, retail outlets and travel services across Scotland. You will also gain access to over 4,000 hostels around the world with dual membership of Hostelling International - perfect if you’re planning a trip abroad.
You must be over 16 to stay in one of our youth hostel without an adult. If you are under 16 you can stay with us as long as you are travelling with an adult. If you are under 12, you can stay if travelling with an adult, but not in shared accommodation.
Some of our youth hostel buildings and fittings have not been designed for children under the age of 5 years. Some youth hostels do provide equipment (cots/highchairs) which are suitable for infants (0-3 years). Please check with the youth hostel directly before you go.
Parties with young children (under 5) will only be accommodated in designated family rooms. Young children can only share accommodation with their parents or guardians.
Check-in and check-out times vary from hostel to hostel. Please check the hostel page for more information. Early check in and late check out may be available but would be subject to a small surcharge and is at the discretion of the youth hostel manager.
It is possible to amend and cancel most bookings, as long as you ensure you give at least 24 hours’ notice (before 12 noon on the first day of your booking). Please contact our reservations team on 0345 293 73 73 or contact the hostel direct to make any changes to a reservation. Please note: bookings made on the saver rate or using a promotional code are non-refundable and non-transferable. For more information, please refer to our terms and conditions.
Food and Drink
Self-catering facilities are available at all our youth hostels except Edinburgh Haddington Place.
Most of our youth hostels offer a delicious continental breakfast to help get your day off to the best possible start. Some of our larger hostels provide a full meals service including cooked breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals all prepared with fresh, nutritious and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Our smaller, more rural hostels can often provide simple but tasty ‘heat it and eat it’ meals, perfect for refuelling after a day in the hills. Teas, coffees and soft drinks are available at many of our hostels, while some offer a selection of wines, cider, lager and Scottish beers.
A number of our youth hostels are licensed and offer a range of wines, cider lager and Scottish beers; please see individual profiles for details. Alternatively you are welcome to bring your own drinks.
All bed linen is supplied at our youth hostels with the exception of Glen Affric where pillows and blankets are provided but guests will need to bring a 3-4 season sleeping bag and a pillow case.
Towel hire is available at a charge of £3 per person. Towels are included in pre-booked private rooms.
Please note you must bring a towel to Glen Affric Youth Hostel as there are no towel hire facilities
Our private rooms may contain a hairdryer or kettle – please contact individual youth hostel for more information. All of our youth hostels have self-catering facilities which will include kettles.
Any luggage that doesn’t contain valuables, such as clothes and toiletries are usually left in your room. We recommend that any phones, cameras, laptops, passports etc should be kept on your person or safeguarded if you are staying in shared accommodation. Most hostels will have lockers, however some of the smaller ones may not. Hostelling Scotland is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Free Wi-Fi is available at the majority of Hostelling Scotland operated hostels. Some of the smaller, more remote hostels have no Wi-Fi access. Check individual hostel listings for more information.
We make every effort to provide accessible facilities at our youth hostels and are currently working on Access Statements which will be made available on our website. If you have difficulty getting around and would like one of our easily accessible rooms, please contact the youth hotel directly or call the reservations team on 0345 293 7373.
To help us make arrangements please notify us at the time of booking, and a minimum of 72 hours in advance, if you or any of your party has any disability, medical condition or special needs, which may require specific facilities. We will endeavour to meet your requirements where possible but facilities vary by youth hostel – please check details before booking.
It is the responsibility of the lead person to ensure that all special requirements are identified and communicated to Hostelling Scotland employees.
Many of our hostels have storage rooms or lockers which allow guests to safely store their luggage. Please check the facilities section of the hostel webpage, where the presence of a luggage store should be indicated. If you are still unsure, please either contact the hostel directly.