Join the Scottish Independent Hostel Network

Any independently-owned Scottish hostel, bunkhouse, backpackers, bothy or activity accommodation can join the SIH network, as long as they are either affiliated to VisitScotland Quality Assurance or are part of our independent review system.  An annual membership fee is required based on the number of bed spaces in the hostel - please see the table of fees on the bottom of the page.  For such a small outlay, the marketing benefits are excellent

The benefits of joining the SIH Network

SIH works to help raise awareness of the quality and diversity of Independent Hostel accommodation in Scotland to a wide range of target markets through various marketing initiatives.  It undertakes marketing campaigns and initiatives which will benefit the members through exposure to the general public.  There are also many direct marketing benefits to our hostel members:  

  • An entry on the SIH website, linked through the A-Z and other pages which you can update independently and which is linked to your own website.
  • An Entry on the SIH app for smart phones which allows users to get information on our hostels even when out of signal and offline.
  • The SIH website provides a valuable email accommodation search facility direct to hostels
  • The opportunity to highlight your business on the special offers, news and other pages on the SIH website
  • An entry in the SIH printed leaflet, updated annually and distributed throughout Scotland
  • Direct email newsletter to 3000 subscribers, growing rapidly
  • Social networking posts on facebook, twitter etc
  • Connecting with like-minded hostel owners to exchange ideas on running hostels and get expert advice on a range of relevant issues.  Our members section on the website carries lots of information useful to hostel owners.

Membership Fees 2017 - 2018

To find out more, or apply for membership, please email Margaret at  Normally you can join pro-rata at any time of the year; the full annual membership is due on October 31st each year.

Table of Fees

No. of beds£ fee pa
0 - 10100
11 - 15130
16 - 20160
21 - 30190
31 -40220
41 -50250
50 -100280