Inverness Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the gradual and responsible easing of restrictions from 19 July. Unfortunately due to continued requirement for social distancing, we are unable to open our self-catering kitchens at this time. We hope to provide a date for the opening of these facilities following the next Scottish Government update. The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, employees and the communities in which we operate remains our main priority at this time. For more information on what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ's section of this website.
As you’ll appreciate, advice on Covid-19 is constantly changing and we would ask all our guests to continue to refer to Scottish Government guidelines and Transport Scotland advice on travel and social distancing when making their booking.
Located in a quiet neighbourhood a short walk from the city centre, Inverness Youth Hostel offers guests four star VisitScotland accredited hostel accommodation.
A popular choice for individual travellers, backpackers, families and groups, the hostel has a range of private and en-suite rooms as well as spacious shared accommodation with individual lockers for those exploring the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ on a budget. Some of the rooms enjoy glorious views towards the Moray Firth.
Our café offers guests a selection of hot & cold beverages and confectionery throughout the day. Other facilities include a large, comfortable TV lounge, laundry and drying rooms and secure bike storage. Free on-site car parking is also available.
Opt for a cooked or continental breakfast served daily in the dining room or take advantage of the large, well equipped self-catering kitchen. Packed lunches are available for groups and evening meals are also available to pre-book. Luggage storage is free for all guests and reception is open to 2am for late check-ins.
Meeting room facilities can accommodate up to 30 people (theatre style) or 20 (boardroom style) with flexible catering packages available. Contact the hostel direct to enquire.
The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.
For information on hostel accessibility please click here
- Friendly knowledgeable staff
- Comfortable private rooms with ensuites available
- Secure lockers and luggage store
- Great breakfast
- Easy walking distance from the city centre
Facilities & Services
Open all year
07:30-10.00 and 16.00-22:00
En Suite Rooms
Suitable for Groups
Catering Available (Full Meal Service)
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
Suitable for Wheelchair Users
Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance
Access with limited mobility
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
20/07/21Super clean hostel with lovely friendly staff. Great location with plenty parking. Definitely recommend.
17/07/21It was a bit far from the centre of Inverness, but apart from that a nice clean hostel, comfortable to stay at, good showers, clean rooms and comfortable beds. Breakfast box was good value too.
17/07/21Good stay, Comfy bed, good sized room. Lovely reception area with tv. Great bike store.
15/07/21Very friendly and clean. really good, quiet location but only 10 minute walk to Main Street. Good shower with plenty of hot water
13/07/21I have stayed in the hostel a few times now and it has always been a very friendly and pleasant place to stay
09/07/21We couldn't have been made to feel more welcome! A lovely atmosphere, and having a dedicated cycle store made it perfect. Our twin room was really spacious, and we really enjoyed being able to relax in the lounge area with some other guests in the evening.
08/07/21Given the covid restrictions my stay was more comfortable than I expected. I was pleased to see that, at least in the morning, a non dairy milk was available for the tea and coffee provided so thank you for that and for providing tea, coffee and mugs :)
08/07/21I've used Youth Hostels since 1950s and I find them home from home, very relaxing after travelling or a day walking or cycling. A good day out from Inverness is visiting Culloden Moor Battle site and museum along with the Clava Cairns which are almost next door.
07/07/21Excellent value accommodation near city center. Helpfull staff, easy check-in. Clean and comfortable room. TV lounge in lobby area. Dining room avaialble with free tea and coffee.
05/07/21The staff were exceptional and we are very grateful for their hospitality and willingness to accommodate our team.
The Polar Academy
29/06/21Great hostel! Central location and parking available superb.
25/06/21Excellent location close to central Inverness so convenient for the station. Staff all really helpful and it makes a great place to start and finish a cycling tour of northern Scotland from. In current Covid related circumstances everything was as good as could be expected. Thumbs up to Hostelling Scotland.
21/06/21A great experience - comfortable rooms and lovely staff. Highly recommended!
19/06/21Excellent location, plenty of free parking and within 10 minute walk of City Centre. The room was clean and tidy we felt very safe. The shower was amazing and bedding and towels were provided :) Excellent value and it is a shame due to covid the atmposhere was lacking but through no fault of the hostel.
15/06/21Amazing hostel! Great location, comfortable bed and extremely friendly staff!
14/06/21Perfect location for exploring North East Highlands.Reception area is top class and staff were very helpful.
12/06/21Stayed for 9 nights starting the first night of reopening in 2021. Excellent reception staff - very welcoming. Room very clean and comfortable. Good wifi conection - streaming video easy. Good location and easy enough to find. Car parking on site. Common facilities like kitchen still not available, but limited lounge (in lobby) and access to dining room. Very pleasant stay. Well recomended.
31/05/21The hostel staff were very helpful and efficient. The location is good for tourists visiting Scotland.
26/03/20In 2001 I stayed at your hostel for a couple of nights. So glad to return in 2020 and find it was even better than I remembered it! I wish I could've stayed longer... But I do plan to return to Inverness, so keep up your awesome work, I'll be back!
17/03/20Modern purpose built hostel about 10-15 minutes walk from city centre. Easy access from main road into town. Staff welcoming and helpful. Clean and comfortable. Very good value. Good facilities - large kitchen and dining area, several lounges. Very pleasant stay.
09/03/20This Youth Hostel is ideal for groups touring the Highlands. The location is good as very close to the A9. Good car park for a coach and a range of dorm sizes for accommodating large mixed groups. EXCELLENT value.
08/03/20Fantastic friendly place to stay all the staff are most helpful and the room was clean comfortable and cosy.
03/03/20Stayed with a friend for 2 nights in a twin ensuite room. Our visit was excellent from start to finish. Staff were friendly, welcoming and very keen to help. The room and beds were lovely and clean, and the shower was great. The kitchen was very well equipped with a large dining area and the lounge areas were excellent. Inverness itself is a delight to wander around and a walk along the river takes you quickly "out of town ". Would definitely recommend a visit.
29/02/20Have stayed several times over the past couple of years now, and has always been totally spot-on. Ideal.
26/02/20Very welcoming and clean hostel. The desk staff were helpful and friendly, made our stay so pleasant. The conference room was spacious and fit our small dance society perfectly for some morning workshops. A great experience overall and I would highly recommend Inverness Youth Hostel.
25/02/20The attendant was lovely and welcoming. Will be back again :)
24/02/20Great kitchen facilities, nice quiet room and social areas lots of parking if you have a car.
20/02/20All round excellent. Very friendly, professional and efficient staff. Clean and functional rooms and facilities. Very pleased to have stayed there and will do so again. Many thanks.
20/02/20Stayed here whilst skiing, at Cairngorm, to avoid the Aviemore crowds and would certainly do again. Fantatsic facility.
06/02/20Great hostel, friendly and helpfull staff, clean bedroom, good facilities, great kitchen, relaxed atmosphere. Close to shops and centre of town
Reasons to visit
Inverness and its surrounding area is steeped in history and no trip to would be complete without a visit to Loch Ness, the largest freshwater loch in the British Isles and home to the elusive 'Nessie'. Cruise on the loch and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle which stands proudly on its banks, enjoying magnificent views of the surrounding area.
From Clava Cairns to Culloden Battlefield and Inverness Castle with its new viewpoint overlooking the city, you'll never be short of opportunities to connect with the past.
Stroll along the banks of the River Ness and discover the city's fine bars and restaurants or head to the Victorian Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre for a bit of retail therapy.
The Moray Firth is teeming with wildlife and, when the tide is right, local dolphins are often seen swimming close to shore at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle.
The Victorian seaside resort of Nairn is a short drive away and the surrounding countryside plays host to a number of distilleries where you can discover the secrets of Scotland's national drink.