We narrowed it down to make things easier for you.
As always, we tracked down the coolest hostels in Scotland, and did the leg work for you. You will find many family-friendly hostels as well as fun backpacker hostels.
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Are these the best Hostels in Scotland?
All featured backpacker accommodations are Eco-friendly, design driven, unique, social, and working with great hostel staff!
If you are into social, unique and design accommodations, this is your place to be! Many of the hostels in Scotland are perfect for families too.
That being said, a few hostels are adults-only and do not allow kids. Keep an eye on that!
In this Backpacking Scotland guide we cover:
- Lochaber, Onich
- Fort William
- Loch Ness
- Isle of Skye
- Full Map with all Scotland Hostels
Below we included the map already. It will help you planning your backpacking Scotland and to get an orientation.
At least I love to use maps for better planning. Hope it is useful for you too.
Best Hostels in Edinburgh
Obviously you will be kicking off your Scotland trip in Edinburgh. Besides staying at a comfortable hostel, you should also explore this city at its best.
We wanna help you. So we wrote up this guide on fun things to do in Edinburgh – outside the tourist box.
The 3 best hostels in Edinburgh are:
- Castle Rock Hostel (top choice for backpackers)
- CODE Hostel (perfect for couples, solo travellers and digital nomads)
- The Baxter Hostel (number one for female solo travellers)
Full guide: the best hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland
1. Castle Rock Hostel
The Only-Adults Hostel in Edinburgh guarantees a good time for every backpacker.
The hostel has clear house rules. Some very important points:
- Strictly 18+ only
- No hen or stag parties
- 7-night maximum stay
2. CoDE Pod Hostels – THE LoFT (high tech modern design)
Is this the absolute coolest hostel in Edinburgh? We certainly think so!
CoDE Pod Hostels – THE LoFT is a modern design hostel in the New Town of Edinburgh. It is modern in the sense of design and technology as well.
There are no bunk beds at CoDE Pod Hostels – THE LoFT but fancy, modern pods which give you the privacy you’ve been waiting for when staying at a hostel.
Each pod has its own socket-outlet and lighting, so you can simply close your curtains to get your rest.
Those pods have the same idea behind as those popular capsule beds around Asia.
Read our full review of CoDE Pod Hostels.
3. The Baxter Hostel (custom built + quirky)
The Baxter Hostel, with its tartan wallpaper, ancient oak floors and traditional Georgian panelling is the perfect place to stay if you wish to dive into the Scottish spirit.
This custom built hostel wants you to laugh loudly, sleep deeply and quickly fall in love with Edinburgh.
That might be easier than you think!
The Baxter is the new kid in town, a luxury boutique hostel. There is not a lot of boutique hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland So consider this one a big score.
Best Hostels in Glasgow, Scotland: Youth Hostel
Glasgow Youth Hostel offers 4-star VisitScotland accredited accommodation in a Victorian townhouse overlooking Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow’s lively West End, close to award-winning Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, numerous cafes, restaurants and bars.
Read: a guide to the best hostels in Glasgow.
Best Hostels Stirling: Willy Wallace Hostel
Getting out of the cities, we recommend staying at one of the nicest backpacker hostels Scotland has to offer.
In Stirling you will feel like home at Willy Wallace Hostel. It is self-catering and comes with all facilities you need.
The staff really stands out here, ask them for things to do in the area. They know their things!
Best Hostels in Callander, near Stirling: Callander Hostel
A warm welcome awaits you at Callander Hostel, not far from Stirling.
Situated in Callander and set within the gentle beauty of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park we provide a unique hostel experience with free WiFi access throughout, free private onsite parking, 24-hour front desk, the hostel also features a shared guest lounge and a bistro.
Best Hostels in Crianlarich: Youth Hostel
Great for groups, families and individual travellers and yet another Youth hostel.
Here you can choose between comfortable private rooms, some en-suite, to spacious shared accommodation. Clean, simple and straight-forward accommodation like you would expect from any great Youth Hostel.
Best Hostels in Oban: Oban Youth Hostel
The Youth hostel network in Scotland is well connected, and again in Oban our best hostel is from Youth Hostel.
Oban is known as “The Gateway to the Isles” and the ferry port is just a 15-minute walk from the hostel.
The hostel is located at the sea side and we really love their actual building. In the morning you can enjoy your cup of coffee with an amazing sea view. Come down early to secure your spot at the window!
Best Hostels in Lochaber, Onich: Corran Bunkhouse
Corran Bunkhouse is set in Lochaber near Onich, on the banks of Loch Linnhe. This charming property offers rooms set in a former bunkhouse with a steam room and kitchen.
Best Hostels in Fort William: Fort William Backpackers
Fort William Backpackers is a charming Victorian building with a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
The super experienced staffs knows how important it is to be able to relax after a hard day’s exploring, and this cosy hostel is the perfect place to re-charge your batteries and share the tales of your adventures.
One of the few real backpacker hostels in Scotland!
Best Hostels in Loch Ness: Great Glen Hostel
You are backpacking Scotland, and there is no way you can miss Loch Ness.
So here is the best hostel in Loch Ness, or better near Loch Ness.
Nestled between mountains and Lochs in the heart of the Great Glen, 15km north of Fort William and 6 km south of Loch Ness, the Great Glen Hostel is welcoming and comfortable place to stay when you’re touring the Highlands.
Both Urquhart and Eilean Donan castles are within an hour’s drive and are easy day trips from here.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Best Hostels in Inverness
Up in the North, in the town of Inverness you can find two cool backpacker places to stay:
1. Black Isle Hostel
Featuring a shared lounge, Black Isle Hostel is situated in the Inverness City Centre. Anything is in walking distance. You can even walk from here to the castle.
The dorms are spacious and modern; that is a big plus!
2. Bazpackers in Inverness
Situated in Inverness, Bazpackers features BBQ facilities and free WiFi. Among the various facilities are a garden and a shared lounge.
Best Hostels in Isle of Skye, Scotland: Skyewalker Hostel
One of the most amazing hostel names in this world; no doubt!
A warm welcome awaits you at the award winning, family run Highland Skyewalker Hostel!
You can chose between 10 bed dorm and twin en suite rooms. The highlight is the Skyewalker Jedi Huts (listed as Deluxe Tent!)
Important: This hostel is not family-friendly. It is an adults-only hostel!
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Best Hostels in Portsoy: The Sail Loft Bunkhouse
Located in Portsoy, just around 11 km from Banff, The Sail Loft features BBQ facilities, garden and shared lounge. Popular points of interest nearby include Delgatie Castle.
Just so you know: We consider The Sail Loft one of the 3 best hostels in Scotland! We love their bunk beds and especially the view around from the rooms.
This place is a must-visit for Nature and Ocean Lovers!
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Aberdeen: Youth Hostel
Refurbished in 2018, the hostel offers guests comfortable private en-suite rooms as well as spacious shared accommodation with private lockers for those exploring the city on a budget.
Best Hostels in Dundee: Backpackers Hostel
Centrally located, the Dundee Backpackers boasts the pedestrianized centre, with numerous shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs, right on its doorstep.
There is no parking spot offered by the hostel. Keep this in mind in case you are traveling with a car or van.
They do have a Library, Billiard pool and even a games room.
Best Hostels in Anstruther: Murray Library Hostel
We are about to finish our round trip around Scotland. But let us end with an amazing place: Murray Library Hostel is situated in Anstruther.
The rooms have a beautiful sea view, even the dorms!
Map with all Top Scotland Hostels
Below we share our map of Scotland and all its recommended hostels.
We included all budget accommodations listed here. This should answer your questions on where to stay in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland all around.
In this guide we started in Edinburgh and we went clockwise around.
For Couples, Solo-Travellers and Female Solo-Travelers
We narrowed it down for you.
Whether you are traveling with your partner and want to socialize, or you are one of the brave solo-travelers.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries