More than just a bed for the night, our youth hostels provide budget accommodation while offering the chance to have fun, discover new and exciting places and meet like-minded people with similar interests.

Many of our youth hostels are located in the heart of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery, providing an ideal base for a range of activities, from outdoor pursuits and wildlife watching to exploring Scotland’s vibrant culture and heritage.

Who uses Scottish Youth Hostels?

SYHA Hostelling Scotland welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Our youth hostels are popular with individual travellers, families and small and large groups. It is this mix of guests which makes hostelling such a unique and interesting experience.


Youth hostel opening dates and reception times outwith the main holiday season can vary, e.g. weekend opening only. Please check our website or call or email the relevant youth hostel directly. As a guide, the reception desks of small rural hostels are normally open between 7.30-10.00 and 17.00-22.30 and are generally closed during the day, whilst our city youth hostels are normally open 24 hours.

Youth Hostel Facilities

Wherever you stay within SYHA Hostelling Scotland's network, you can expect a warm welcome as standard. All our youth hostels in Scotland provide self-catering facilities, traditional multi-share rooms and comfortable lounges. Many of our properties also offer private and family rooms, often with en-suite facilities.

A range of other facilities such as a laundry and drying rooms, internet access and small shops are available – these facilities vary by site and details can be found on the facilities section for each youth hostel.

Breakfast is available at most locations and many also have cafes which offer lunch and/or evening meals. A number of our youth hostels are licensed allowing you to relax with a beer or a glass of wine at the end of a busy day. Find out more about Food & Drink in the hostelling network.

All our youth hostels are quality-assured and graded by VisitScotland and the Green Business Tourism Scheme, so you can be sure of the standards at each location.

Over 70% of SYHA's customer-facing staff have now completed WorldHost training, showing our commitment to customer service excellence.