Located just a short walk from the city centre, Inverness Youth Hostel is the ideal place to stay when exploring the Capital of the Highlands. Perfect for groups, families and individual hostellers, the youth hostel offers a selection of shared accommodation and private rooms, some of which are en-suite. Facilities include a self-catering kitchen, an on-site café and guest lounges for your comfort.

As well as being the perfect start or finish point for the now famous North Coast 500 (we have free parking for guests), Inverness Youth Hostel is a great base for visiting the nearby sights such as Loch Ness, Fort George, Clava Cairns, Urquhart Castle and Culloden as well as the new viewpoint at Inverness Castle. The Moray Forth is teaming with wildlife and you are likely to see dolphins swimming close to the shore at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle when the tide is right.


If you are looking for large group accommodation or holiday cottages then we have locations across Scotland perfect for groups and family gatherings on a budget. See below for availability or click here for more information and to enquire.


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  • Access with limited mobility
  • Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance

Food and Drink

  • Alcohol Licence
  • Café
  • Groups meals service
  • Individual meals service Conti&Cooked B/fast
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel Services

  • Bike store
  • Conference & meeting facilities
  • Distance to nearest shop 0.5 miles
  • Drying room
  • En suite rooms available
  • Family friendly
  • Laundry
  • Lockers/luggage store
  • Private rooms available
  • Suitable for groups
  • Total beds 158

Internet Access

  • WiFi access (FREE)


  • Lounge/TV room


  • Distance to airport 8.5 miles
  • Distance to bus stop 0.5 miles
  • Distance to train station 0.5 miles
  • Parking nearby (free/charges apply) Free of charge


Open All Year

Tel: 01463 231 771

Reception Open 07:00 - 10:00 and 15:00 - 23:00.

Check in 15:00. Night porter 23:00 - 02:00 for late check-in.

Check out 10:00

Please note that there is no access to rooms or facilities from 10:00 - 15:00.

For a printable version of this information click here to download youth hostel fact sheet.

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Victoria Drive, Inverness IV2 3QB Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 1463 231771

Email: inverness@hostellingscotland.org.uk


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As part of our commitment to sustainability and environmental issues, our youth hostels are assessed by Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification in the world. The assessment covers areas such as energy saving, waste minimisation, social responsibility and travel.

Inverness Youth Hostel currently holds a Silver award for Green Tourism. To read more about Hostelling Scotland’s Sustainability Charter, please click here. There are some quick and easy ways that you can make a difference and help us achieve our Green Tourism goals - to read our Responsible Visitor Charter and find out more, please click here.

We encourage our guests to use public transport where possible when travelling to our youth hostels – please see travelinescotland.com to plan your route or speak to youth hostel staff. If you are touring Scotland on two wheels then sustrans.org.uk has a wealth of information on cycling routes, safety and sustainable travel.

Local activities:

  • In Your Element offer award-winning, land and water-based outdoor activities and events in the Inverness area. Instructor-led activities include segway safaris, canoeing, bushcraft, mountain biking, weaselling, sea kayaking, white water sledging, abseiling, archery and more. For those who wish to explore the loch independently, IYE also offer a canoe hire operation across Scotland, which is offered alongside an equipment shuttle and passenger transport service Scotland-wide. 
  • Inverness is the start and finish point of the now famous North Coast 500 (NC500) driving route and you will find a selection of accommodation choices to suit your needs here at Inverness Youth Hostel, we even have free parking for guests. For more information on discounted car hire options for NC500 click here.