Quality Assured Hostel Accommodation in Scotland
Hostel accommodation is by its nature good value for those on a budget but this does not mean that the standards of hospitality are not high. All SIH Hostels are quality assured by Visit Scotland as providing a certain level of accommodation and their relevant badge is displayed on their directory listing. Many hostels also opt to join additional schemes including "green tourism" and "welcome" schemes as well as fulfilling the criteria for disabled access. The common factor amongst all our hostels is shared facilities, in particular kitchen and dining facilities. This allows people to eat within their budget and tastes as well as meeting other like-minded people. Outwith the cities many hostels are well set up for providing tailored accommoation for outdoor enthusiasts, providing drying rooms, storage for sporting equipment and even outdoor activities.
A wide range of hostel accommodation to suit all budgets
Within the term "Hostel" there is a wide range of different types of accommodation which will suit all budgets. Each SIH Hostel is unique because it is independently owned but the following categories give an idea of the different levels of hospitality offered:
Star-rated accommodation often in shared rooms with bunk beds but family rooms may also be available. Hostels normally welcome individuals, families and groups, many of whom are staying on a short-term basis. Hostels may be more formal than backpackers and bunkhouses and may provide meal service or cafe/restuarant/bar on site.
Very similar in style to a hostel, but may be run on less formal lines, such as 24-hour access. They are often more appropriate for longer term independent travellers and the younger end of the market and they tend not to take family groups.
Star-rated accommodation often in shared rooms with bunk beds. Predominantly group bookings only accepted. May be fully serviced or self catering.
Star-rated accommodation normally provided on a group basis. The establishment will also offer fully certified or licensed activities.
Rural accommodation which can be booked by groups or individuals. Services and facilities may be limited but will include a self-catering facility. Bunkhouses are not star rated but will meet or exceed minimum standards for cleanliness, maintenance and quality.
Bods, Bothies and Camping Barns
Simple, overnight accommodation, usually in remote or rural locations where facilities and services may be limited.
VisitScotland Grading System
VisitScotland uses a five-level star-grading system to indicate the standard of customer care and range of facilities on offer at assessed establishments. The awards focus on the standard of the welcome, hospitality and service they provide, as well as presentation and the standard of toilets, shop or café if they have them.
The number of stars awarded to a property indicate that it is:
Acceptable - 1 star
Good - 2 stars
Very good - 3 stars
Excellent - 4 stars
Exceptional - 5 stars