View from Balmaha Bunkhouse

View from Balmaha Bunkhouse

SIH Hostels are perfect for individuals, families and groups

Scottish Independent Hostels is a network of member hostels, but no membership is required by guests.  Our member hostels all provide good value, individual accommodation with a high level of customer care.

An SIH hostel in every part of Scotland

Our member Hostels range from a cosy 6-bed hut in a pine forest to converted railway carriages,  crofters' cottages and  city centre town houses; there is such a variety of unique hostels to visit, every one with its own individual character.  Our members tend to locate in the most magical places and offer local knowledge for their guests.  Many Hostels offer unique extras from hot tubs, guides, home grown vegetables to the option to gather your own eggs for breakfast.  Hostelling is not only very affordable, but also offers the warmth of shared experiences. 

Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities in our Hostels

We currently have several jobs and volunteer opportunities within our membership - a great way to see Scotland as well as find work.  

Find out more on our jobs page 

SIH Hostels are for everyone; individuals families and groups

Each year more and more people, young and old, from all parts of the globe, stay at our hostels and report on how warmly they were welcomed and how so much was done to make their stay a good one.  Visitors comment on the individuality of the hostels and that our hostels offer excellent value for money. Many guests come through recommendation or are making a return visit.  Individuals, families and groups can all experience and enjoy the unique hospitality which fosters the shared stories and camaraderie which make hostelling such fun.  Hostelling is very attractive for anyone who loves the outdoors with the majority of hostels offering drying rooms and storage for outdoor equipment and other useful facilities.  Many hostels provide private rooms, family rooms and ensuite as well as the traditional bunks.  Some hostels are a great venue for exclusive use, including educational trips, group visits, reunions, weddings, special celebrations and stag and hen parties. 

Quality Standards

The majority of our hostel members are quality assured by Visit Scotland (VSQA) as providing a certain level of hostel, backpacker, bothy, group or activity 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. Any hostel member which is not VSQA is required to sign up to our own in-house review system so that their own guests can provide information on quality standards.  Our review system is new, therefore there are not yet many reviews but we are confident these will soon be available.

SIH Hostels all offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; well equipped self-catering kitchens, hot showers and warm clean beds. Many hostels offer all-day access and are open all year, always check opening times before arrival.  Unlike the charity the Scottish Youth Hostel Association, Scottish Independent Hostels are each privately owned and do not require guests to join up to a membership.