Booking a private room with shared self-catering is becoming very common in independent hostels. Our hostels are affordable, friendly and overflowing with character, but they also can offer privacy and a high level of comfort as well as the convenience of shared living areas. As well as self catering kitchens, hostels often offer laundry, drying rooms and other facilities for the outdoor enthusiast or traveller. Here are a few to try, but for any area of Scotland try our accommodation search facility to find the hostels with private rooms, often ensuite.
Otter Bothy is a small, cosy cabin for one or two people, with spectacular views across West Loch Roag.
A comfy double bed, basic cooking facilities, ensuite shower room and toilet, and total peace and quiet.
Only a few metres from the shoreline, there aren't many places as close to the water as this!
The bothy has a decking area with seating to enjoy the beautiful views.
There is direct access to West Loch Roag, ideal for kayakers, and a separate drying shed for wetsuits, surfboards, bikes, and also a firepit.
Jessie Mac's has 7 ensuite bedrooms, offering a mix of luxury self-catering hostel with breakfast options. Jessie Mac's offers a warm welcome and a good night's rest. Breakfast is flexible, you can do your own in the generously equipped guest kitchen or be served with a choice of continental or a range of cooked options including a vegetarian, vegan & gluten free menu. There are 3 private double rooms, 2 family rooms and 2 dorm rooms, all ensuite. Only 1 hour's drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow, with great public transport links.
Ballater is ideally located for exploring the Cairngorms, Royal Deeside, climbing Lochnagar and visiting Balmoral. Graded 5 Stars by Visit Scotland the hostel offers a choice of private and dormitory accommodation, all ensuite. There is a large open plan kitchen / dining / communal area with wood burning stove, as well as a drying room and cycle storage. Either book the whole hostel, a room or just a bed, with no minimum stay. Excellent facilities, comfortable beds and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you – the kettle is always on!
This new style of quality bunkhouse, set in a beautiful North West Highland wilderness offers a range of rooms from a basic bunkroom with shared facilities, to ensuite private single, twin, double or triple rooms with flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and the best bed linen and towels.The cosy bunkhouse has excellent, spacious kitchen, dining and lounge areas to relax at the end of an invigorating day.
The Cowshed Boutique Bunkhouse is a new style of Hostel. Created with a sharp eye for design and comfort it provides a luxurious but friendly retreat from the wilderness of the Isle of Skye. The bunk beds have been custom made to provide the perfect sleeping spot complete with individual reading lights, power points and a privacy curtain. Bunkrooms are 4 or 6 beds and each has its own private shower which is perfect for a family group. There are stunning views of the Isle and the sea through the large picture windows that surround the main living and dining space.
This is a traditional backpackers lodge on a remote Hebridean island, which nevertheless offers twin rooms, some ensuite, in a cosy stone building which was a gamekeepers lodge. There is a spacious dining, cooking, sitting area and a living room with open fire. Located in the Southern Hebrides, the Isle of Colonsay is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt islands in the Hebrides, accessible via ferry from Oban. Visit the website
Our only Hostel member in Fife, the newly converted Murray Library Hostel has a sea-side location in the wonderfully picturesque village of Anstruther in the "East Neuk" of Fife. All the rooms have a sea-view, with a choice of 4 to 6 bed dorms, perfect for families and two private rooms. The bathrooms are shared, but high quality. There are excellent kitchen and living areas plus on-site laundry facilities and bike storage. The area is a mecca for golfers, walkers, outdoor activities and wildlife.
The Lodge has 9 bedrooms sleeping 37 guests with double, twin and family rooms available. On the upstairs floor, 4 traditional-style bedrooms sleep 12 guests in total which is popular with smaller groups. Downstairs there are 5 bedrooms, sleeping up to 27 guests. These rooms have 2 sleeping levels with a mezzanine floor and are ideal for families. The rooms are not ensuite but the toilet & shower facilities are private to each floor. Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre has a wide variety of instructor-led land and water activities to choose from all the year round.
Findhorn Village Hostel has just refurbished and provided a private room sleeping 5 with ensuite - ideal for families Visit the website
The Barn Hostel, on the Orkney Island of Westray, has one private ensuite room, sleeping 4 a further three private rooms for 2 with bunk beds and a private double room. Visit the website
Comrie Croft Steading in Perthshire has a big selection of rooms including 6 ensuite rooms for couples and families. Visit the website