What we offer and how to book…

Scotland's Top Hostels are

Special Offer

From 15 September to 15 June, stay in Scotland’s Top Hostels for 6 consecutive nights and you will get your 7th night free. This offer applies even when you move around the country staying in any of our hostels in Edinburgh, Inverness, Skye, Fort William and Oban.

Hostel Facilities

Each location has much to offer the holidaymaker, whether you are visiting our beautiful country for just a few days or for longer. Check our reviews in Let's Go and other guide books for an independent view of our quality!

We are independent hostels – you do not need a Hostels International, YHA or SYHA card to stay with us – you can just book ahead and turn up for a fun time.

Each hostel is just around 10 minutes walk from train or bus stations/stops.

They offer excellent locations close to the local sights and nightlife, the most comfortable and welcoming accommodation for backpackers of all ages, and a pleasant, mature atmosphere (no school groups!).

The hostels are open all day till very late and have friendly staff and first class facilities.

The bedrooms are shared, single sex dormitories, varying in size from 4 to 16 beds (average 8 beds per room). Double rooms can be arranged at our Skye and Fort William hostels at a small surcharge.

Fresh bed linen is provided and changed regularly when guests have an extended stay – no need to take a sleeping bag.

There are plenty of hot powerful showers and toilet facilities for everyone and you can even rent towels!

Valuables can be left with Reception for safekeeping and there are left luggage facilities for longer-term storage.

Laundry service is available at each hostel.

The hostels each have a self-catering kitchen and dining facilities. Breakfast is available at £1.40.

They also have comfortable, welcoming lounges – a cool place to be in summer, warm & cosy in winter. In Skye, Fort William and Oban they even have real log fires!

All the hostels offer comprehensive information on what to see and do in the area - sights and scenery, tips and tours.

Bike hire is available at Inverness Student Hotel, Skye Backpackers, Fort William Backpackers and Oban Backpackers.

Wherever you visit, we guarantee a fun holiday amongst the mountains, castles, lochs and legends of Scotland.

How to Book

New Year 2000/2001

Scotland is the home of Hogmanay. Unfortunately that means that it is a very popular place to visit at New Year. At the moment we are not taking any bookings for our Edinburgh hostels for New Year. Further details will be published on this page later in the summer.

We recommend that you book in advance, where possible, to ensure availability of beds, particularly during summer and essential during August, Christmas and New Year and at Easter. PLEASE NOTE: Because availability can vary by the minute, we do not accept any e-mail bookings during these periods.

Bookings for Easter, Christmas and New Year are not accepted more than 8 weeks in advance. A limited number of August bookings will be accepted from 1st June.

From mid July to the end of August we may be unable to offer guaranteed bookings for late July and August; We may accept a limited number of non-guaranteed spaces. Pre-payment is required for any "non-guaranteed" bookings but will be refunded if we are unable to provide accommodation.

To book at any of our hostels we need to know details of:

and receive payment for the first night's accommodation.

You can book by:

All Cash or Travellers' Cheque payments MUST be in UK Pounds only.

If paying by Credit Card there is a 30p per night surcharge.

To make your booking, contact each hostel directly or use the secure order form (current 1999 prices are shown on the secure order form):

Castle Rock Hostel

15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW, Scotland
Tel: +44 131 225 9666 Fax +44 (0) 131 226 5078
Royal Mile Backpackers 105 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SW, Scotland

Tel: +44 131 557 6120
High Street Hostel

8 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE, Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 131 557 3984 Fax: +44 (0) 131 556 2981
Inverness Student Hotel

Tel: +44 (0) 1463 236556
Skye Backpackers

Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, IV41 8PH, Scotland
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 1599 534510
Fort William Backpackers

Alma Road, Fort William, PH33 6HB, Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1397 700711
Oban Backpackers

Breadalbane Street, Oban, PA34 5NZ, Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1631 562107

Group Bookings

We are happy to welcome groups between October and June but unfortunately cannot offer group bookings during the summer months. Group bookings are subject to availability so the more notice you can give us of your plans, the better. For further information please contact Bruce Gorie at the address below:

Scotland’s Top Hostels

Suite 9, 28 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1QG, Scotland
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 131 220 1869

Refund Policy

If you have not checked in to the hostel, a full refund will be given if cancelling before 11am.

If cancelling between 11am and 9pm and the hostel is full, a 75% refund will be given if the bed is sold, otherwise no refund is given. If beds are still available, a 90% refund will be given.

After 9pm, no refund will be given.