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Independent Hostelling in Scotland

Hostelling in a Scottish Independent Hostel is a great low-cost way to explore Scotland. Individual travellers, couples, families and groups of all ages will all be assured of a friendly welcome.  Choose from 125 privately-run hostels located throughout Scotland from remote islands and small communities to bustling towns and cities. All our hostels have self-catering kitchens and other shared facilities while offering a range of rooms, from traditional bunkrooms to private ensuite family rooms. Use our accommodation search enquiry service to find the perfect hostel accommodation for you.

Hostels and Outdoor Pursuits

Hostels Temporarily Close

SIH supports the Scottish Government’s decision to enforce temporary closure of all accommodation providers in Scotland.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

Cycle & mountain biking

Many of our Hostels are ideally located as a stopover on a cycling route or for mountain biking trails, often providing specialist facilities and information.

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Download the SIH App

Read our blog to find out more about our new SIH App with special features such as "hostels near you" and directions to our hostels.

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Great features include: Hostels near you and My hostels.

Latest Reviews


Great brand new hostel

“Orcades Hostel was really clean and confortable, the shared kitchen nice. We were alone in a 6 beds dorms, so it was really good conditions that are probably rare in summer, but for what we saw it was great ! It's a small walk to the bus travel center and the ferry terminal, about 10-15mn. But you have a bus stop 2mn away down on the main street that can take you to Stromness with the X1.”

7 Oct 2019

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