- Staying with Hostelling Scotland
- Making a booking
- Food and Drink
- Hostel Facilities
- Dogs at Hostelling Scotland
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 our hostels being in some of the finest locations in Scotland – cities, islands, beaches, hills and mountains (and all points in between) – we have a range of accommodation types that won’t break the budget.
Our youth hostels are open to all and everyone is welcome.
A warm welcome and comfortable, clean accommodation. Our hostels offer a range of shared and private rooms 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 hostels are available for private hire. Many are ideally suited for popular activities such as hill walking, cycling and canoeing, making them a great base for any club or group looking for exclusive use. Perfect for work or family gatherings, celebrations and activity breaks, visit RentaHostel for more information.
All our rooms are checked daily to ensure that we offer a clean, well-stocked environment for all our guests.
When staying in a private room if any additional cleaning or towel replenishment is required, this can be coordinated with the hostel team.
Our shared rooms may have guests at different stages of their stay, we, therefore, work respectfully around guest's property. All shared facilities are cleaned on a daily basis - this includes all washrooms and WCs.
Our affiliate hostels allow us to offer our guests accommodation in areas of Scotland where we have no Hostelling Scotland youth hostels. Affiliates are accommodation providers who are recommended by us but operate independently and are subject to different terms and conditions when booking. Members of Hostelling Scotland will be unable to use their membership when staying at an affiliate hostel. Please see the affiliate hostel pages for more information.
Dogs are welcome at selected hostels, in certain room types. Please book in advance directly with the hostel at a cost of £5 per dog, per night. Check individual hostel pages for details. In consideration of other guests please adhere to the ‘doggy do’s & don’ts ‘as set out in our dog-friendly facilities section
We do accept registered assistance dogs in all our hostels - 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.
Large groups (ten or more guests) are welcome at our hostels, including clubs, youth groups and school and university groups. For more information go to our group bookings section
Groups can also use our RentaHostel service and get exclusive use of a fantastic Hostelling Scotland property. Find out more here
Making a booking
Annual membership of Hostelling Scotland entitles you to benefits that will save you money on many visitor attractions, retail outlets and travel services across Scotland. In addition, it entitles you to bring up to eight non-members with you at membership rates, making it ideal for families or small groups.
As a member, you’ll also gain access to over 4,000 hostels around the world with automatic dual membership of Hostelling International – perfect if you’re planning a trip abroad.
If you prefer not to purchase an annual membership, daily membership during your stay will cost £3 per person per day.
Yes, you can. We will have a record of your membership purchase and will use this to verify your entitlement to your member discount.
You should receive your membership card within 7-10 working days.
Yes, you can still become a Hostelling Scotland member.
You must be over 16 to stay in one of our hostels without an adult. If you’re under 16 you can stay with us as long as you’re travelling with an adult.
Parties with younger children (under 13) must stay in designated family rooms. Younger children can only share accommodation with their parents or guardians.
Some of our buildings and fittings have not been designed for children under the age of 5, though some hostels do provide equipment (cots/highchairs) which are suitable for infants (0-3 years). Please check with the hostel directly before you go.
The maximum number of nights you can book at any one hostel is 14, however you may be able to extend your stay with the agreement of the hostel manager.
Check-in and checkout times vary from hostel to hostel. Please check individual hostel pages for more information. Early check-in and late checkout may be available, subject to a small surcharge, and at the discretion of the manager.
It’s possible to amend and cancel most bookings, as long as you give at least 72 hours’ notice (before 12 noon on the first day of your booking). Please phone our reservations team on 0345 293 73 73 or contact the hostel direct to make any changes to a reservation.
Note that 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.
If you've not received your confirmation email then check your spam/junk folder. If your email system has identified the email as spam/junk then you’ll need to add Hostelling Scotland to your safe sender list.
If the email is not in your spam/junk folder, please contact us.
Food and Drink
Self-catering facilities are available at all our youth hostels.
Most of our 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, prepared with fresh, nutritious and locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible. Our smaller, more rural hostels often provide simple but tasty ‘heat it and eat it’ meals. Teas, coffees and soft drinks are available at many hostels, while some offer a selection of wines, ciders, lagers and Scottish beers.
Many of our hostels are licensed and offer a range of wines, ciders, lagers and Scottish beers. You’re also welcome to bring your own drinks.
We supply all bedlinen, except in Glen Affric Youth Hostel where pillows and blankets are provided but guests should bring their own 3-4 season sleeping bag and a pillowcase.
Towels are provided in all private rooms, excluding our summer hostels (Glasgow Metro, Edinburgh Metro and Perth). If not staying in a private room, you can rent a towel for £3 per person. Exceptions is Glen Affric Youth Hostel, where there are no towel hire facilities and you should bring your own and Edinburgh Metro where towels are available to purchase at a cost of £5 per person.
Some private rooms may contain a hairdryer or kettle – please contact individual hostels for more information. All our self-catering kitchens have kettles.
The majority of bedrooms have power sockets within them.
For more information about the specifics of a room you’ve booked or are thinking of booking, please contact the hostel directly.
Any luggage that doesn’t contain valuables, such as clothes and toiletries, can be left in your room. Phones, cameras, laptops, passports, etc, should be kept on your person or safeguarded if you are staying in shared accommodation.
Many of our hostels have luggage storage rooms and most, but not all, have lockers. Please check the facilities section of the hostel webpage, where the presence of a luggage store should be indicated. If you’re still unsure, please contact the hostel directly.
Hostelling Scotland cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Free Wi-Fi is available at most Hostelling Scotland hostels, mainly in communal areas, though 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 hostels and a full access guide is available on our website. If you have difficulty getting around and would like one of our more accessible rooms, please contact the hostel directly or call the reservations team on 0345 293 7373.
To help us help you, please notify us at the time of booking if you or any of your party has any disability, medical condition or special needs that require specific facilities. We will endeavour to meet your requirements where possible but facilities vary – please check before booking.
Dogs at Hostelling Scotland
Unfortunately not all of our hostels are suitable for dogs and several have limited availability. The following sites are able to accommodate your dog:-
- Achmelvich Beach
- Cairngorm Lodge
- Durness Smoo
- Gairloch Sands
As responsible owners we know that your dogs will be fully inoculated and well behaved and not left alone for any period of time.
Dogs are permitted in selected private rooms only and not in shared accommodation therefore advance bookings should be made via participating hostels direct.
The fee for any dogs staying with us will need to be paid on arrival
There is a charge of £5 per night per dog. This additional charge is made to allow us spend additional time cleaning and preparing our premises for the next guests.
Yes, there is a limit of two dogs per room.
Dogs will have access to public areas of the hostel with the exception of the kitchen, dining area and quiet rooms. Owners are asked to keep their dogs on a short lead in public areas and don't allow them to jump up. Owners are asked to be considerate to fellow guests at all times.
Hostelling Scotland does not provide specific dog bedding, therefore guests will need to bring their own bedding/baskets and dog food.
The hostel reception is happy to provide water bowls, dog treats and doggy towels if you need to dry your dog.
The hostels may hold a limited stock of poop bags but owners are asked to bring their own pooper scooper and poop bags with them.
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