About SIH (Scottish Independent Hostels)

Scottish Independent Hostels (SIH) is a Membership Association of independently owned Hostels in Scotland.  It is the largest Hostel network of its type in the world, with 130 Hostels located 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. The description “Hostel” includes Backpackers, Bothies, Bunkhouse, Group Accommodation and Activity Accommodation and, yes, Hostels! Click here for jobs and volunteer opportunities in our member Hostels

What is an "Independent" Hostel?

An Independent Hostel is privately owned and run, with the owners providing local knowledge and often the kind of personal, individual hospitality for which Hostelling is renowned.  The essence of Hostelling is to provide safe, clean, comfortable, friendly accommodation which has shared facilities so that it is affordable.  Guests can therefore cook their own meals and share the living spaces with other travellers and holiday makers.  Outdoor enthusiasts will choose Hostels which offer drying rooms and equipment storage - not to be found in other types of accommodation! In the past few years Hostels have updated their rooms to reflect guest feedback.  The one area that guests are sometimes not keen to share is sleeping accommodation and the majority of hostels now offer twin and family rooms, sometimes with ensuite as well as dorms. An Independent Hostel is differentiated from The Scottish Youth Hostel Association which is a Charity and which requires its guests to take out a membership.

A not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of Independent Hostel Owners

SIH is managed by a Board of Directors on behalf of the Association.  SIH is a not-for-profit Company to support Independent Hostel Members and to promote Independent Hostelling in Scotland. The Board of Directors 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 2015.  They are:

George Mc Connachie, Coll Bunkhouse, Inner Hebrides (Chair)

Dot Mechan, Jessie Mac's, Dunkeld, Perthshire (Vice Chair

Christopher Davidson, Haggis Hostels, Edinburgh

Claire Christie, Morag's Lodge, Fort Augustus

Pat Vallelay, Portree Independent Hostel, Isle of Skye 

Yann Syp, Willy Wallace Hostel, Stirling

Read more about our Directors here>

Join our Network

You can join SIH at any time of the year.