Inverness Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the responsible lifting of restrictions and are delighted to be able to plan for the re-opening of our self-catering kitchens from 1st November. Drying room facilities are now available at many of our hostels but we would ask you to please contact the hostel team directly to allow them to manage your access. 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. Please remember, this guidance may be different in England and Wales.
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.
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- 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
20/10/21Excellent accommodation in the centre of Inverness, friendly staff, great value for money too. Would highly recommend.
16/10/21Lovely twin room. Tea/coffee available free in the mornings and evenings. There was also a microwave available in the dining room which was great. It meant that you could do ready meals or heat up carry outs rather than eating out every night. The microwave wasn't available in the summer. This was a great help.The hostel was very quiet n the evenings.
12/10/21Inverness is a good hostel in a handy location near the railway station and shops. Beds were comfy and shower room spacious. The wardens were very pleasant and friendly. We also appreciated the good bike storage.
09/10/21The hostel was welcoming, clean and quiet, it felt very covid safe. Thanks!
08/10/21The check in process was quick & efficient and the staff were very nice & friendly. My ensuite private room was very clean. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was great. There was tea & coffee readily available in the dining room. The hostel is in a perfect location for exploring Inverness and surrounding area. Bus station and town centre are within walking distance.
06/10/21Only slightly less than 5* for facilities and atmosphere is inevitable with current restrictions for co-vid currently place and fewer folks around, particularly in the self catering kitchen.
03/10/21Have stayed here many times and always found cheerful and welcoming staff and excellent single en suite room (when available)Have downgraded slightly on atmosphere which I regard as inevitable with the restrictions in place and Low numbers of hostellers, particularly the cheerful interchanges which take place in self catering kitchens.Look fwd to an upgrade in ‘22.. Frank F.
28/09/21I spent with my travel companion, 3 nights at the Youth Hostel in Inverness and it was very pleasant. Great location, 5 min walk to Morrisons and 5 more to the town center, where you also have a shopping center, incl an M&S.The area is very safe. All the staff we met were very helpful and kind.The hotel and room (double, em suite) was clean, well organised and presented and inviting.The other guests were respectful and we didn't hear any noise past 11 PM.
26/09/21Good hostel with very helpful and friendly staff
25/09/21It was comfortable with hot showers storage space towels etc.
20/09/21Spotlessly clean, easy check in. Staff very helpful and friendly. Unfortunately no cooked breakfasts yet but the packed breakfast was good valve. Plenty tea and coffee available, and other coffees to buy.
20/09/21Easy to find , within walking distance to centre etc , great if u are on a budget , stayed with 6 man dorm as an overnight with friends , no issues at all , showers clean and toilets clean , meeting areas tidy and clean , use hostels regularly with friends but have never actually joined for an annual fee to save a wee bit on the booking ! Will definitely be doing it next year , , Thanks again guys , see u again soon ??
19/09/21Great simple affordable accommodation.
14/09/21The lady who checked me in was exceptionally helpful and friendly, and efficient, totally brilliant.
09/09/21Lovely staff and atmosphere
27/08/21Stayed for 6 nights and had a very pleasant stay. Good location for exploring Scottish Highlands. Hostel modern, clean and comfortable. Room more like a budget hotel, but at less than half the price. COVID restrictions meant no kitchen facilities, but dining room (with free tea and coffee) and lounge (in lobby) available. Staff very pleasant and helpful. WiFi throughout. Parking on-site. Short walk to city centre and supermarket (Morrisons).
26/08/21A friendly welcome and sparkling clean room in a quiet location. A good-sized car park and excellent pre-visit information.
19/08/21A popular hostel with loads of parking, comfortable beds and good showers. Tea, coffee, milk, a kettle and mugs being provided was much appreciated.
17/08/21It was lovely to be back at one of my favourite hostels again. Despite some necessary changes that had taken place due to COVID, it was still the same familar place that I love!
15/08/21Thank you for providing a lovely and comfortable base for my travels around the Highlands. It is a 15-minute brisk walk from the station and the centre and is in a lovely, quiet area of Inverness. Lovely decor in the common area and the rooms have all that is needed for a hostel stay.
06/08/21great location and friendly staff
31/07/21It was great to stay at Inverness YH again. Olimpia and team have done a brilliant job in maintaining a lovely customer experience at the hostel.
29/07/21I stayed in a small private room, which was clean and nicely appointed with a chair, dresser, bed and nightstand. The shower was outstanding and the bed was firm. Other services varied because of Covid but I appreciated the limited use of the dining room and provision of coffee in the morning. It's about .7 mile from city center, but up a long hill at first!
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 :)
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.