Scottish Independent Hostels (SIH) is the largest hostel network of its type in the world, with over 130 hostels from Scotland’s Highlands and Islands to the vibrant cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness within its membership. Each one of our Hostels is unique, providing hospitality from independent owners that is excellent value, customer-led and quality assured.
What is an "Independent Hostel?
The description “Hostel” includes backpackers, bothies, bunkhouse, group accommodation and activity accommodation and, yes, hostels! An Independent Hostel is privately owned and run, as opposed to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association which is a Charity and requires membership. However, many SIH member hostels are affiliate members of SYHA and together the two organisations provide an excellent budget accommodation provision throughout Scotland.
A not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of Independent Hostel Owners
SIH is managed by a Board of Directors on behalf of the Hostel member network. SIH is a not-for-profit company to support Independent Hostel Members and to promote hostelling throughout Scotland. The Board ensures the quality standards are being met, represents the hostels interests within Scotland and undertakes marketing initiatives. SIH works closely with Independent Hostels UK in promoting the benefits of hostelling.
SIH Board of Directors
Our current volunteer Board of Directors were voted in at the SIH AGM on March 11th 2013. They are:
Patricia Eccles, Abernethy Bunkhouses, Nethybridge, Chair
Caroline MacInnes, Blackwater Hostel, nr Glencoe, Company Secretary
Davina Melton, Glencoe Independent Hostel, Treasurer
David Roberts, Galson Farm Hostel, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Allan Campbell, Haggis Hostels, Edinburgh
Dot Mechan, Jessie Mac's, Dunkeld, Perthshire
Matt Jenneson, Invergarry Lodge, Great Glen
Join our Network
You can join SIH at any time of the year. For 2013 we have a special offer running for new members who are VisitScotland Quality Assured or are in the registration process. Join now for 2014 and get the rest of 2013 free. Find out more here>