Welcome to Scotland's Top Hostels!


in bonnie Scotland for 20 years!

On the left we offer excellent value backpacker accommodation

in Edinburgh & around the Highlands.

On the right we offer a choice of wonderful tours of Scotland

with MacBackpackers. 


Our Hostels

We have an amazing selection of hostels located in the most wonderful places! From the lively centre of Scotland’s capital to the dramatic landscapes of the Isle of Skye. Our hostels are geared towards backpackers with the vibe and facilities required for a great trip.

Our Edinburgh Hostels

We have 3 historic hostels in the Old Town of Edinburgh which provide a central base to explore everything the city has to offer. Royal Mile Backpackers is located directly on the Royal Mile overlooking Edinburgh’s most famous street. High Street Hostel is just off the Royal Mile in a historic building full of character. Castle Rock Hostel is situated next to Edinburgh Castle with fantastic views up to the castle ramparts.

All three locations are in the centre of the Old Town with all of it’s attractions, cafés, restaurants and bars and it’s only a short walk to Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh’s museums and galleries.

Our Highland Hostels

Our 5 Northern hostels are atmospheric and friendly places to unwind and meet fellow travellers. They are located in great places with beautiful views and central locations. Inverness Student Hotel is in the centre of the town but still has great views across the river to the mountains near by. Skye Backpackers, in Kyleakin, is just across the village green from the shore where you can sometimes see otters, seals and dolphins play. Fort William Backpackers is perched on a hillside with lovely views across the town . The path to Ben Nevis also starts at the bottom of the hostel garden. Oban Backpackers is centrally located in Oban, perfect for the end of a hard day of walking or sight seeing. Pitlochry Backpackers is also centrally located in this picturesque town and is a great place to unwind.

The Ultimate Scottish Experience

MacBackpackers have been running tours for almost fifteen years. We provide extremely high quality, yet fun and informal, fully guided tours of Scotland, designed for young, independent, budget-minded travellers for 20 years!

With a full range of one to five day tours which leave from Edinburgh, there is a tour suited to every budget and length of stay.

Heading North into the Highlands of Scotland, the dramatic mountain scenery never fails to impress. Longer tours also visit the beautiful Isle of Skye off the West Coast with stunning coastal views and cosy pubs for the evenings. Exploring sights along the way, you’ll hear tales of Highland rebellion, tragic massacres and legendary heroes, helping you to understand why this part of the country is so unique. Of course our passionate, 100% Scottish guides will also help you experience the glittering Lochs, magnificent castles, awe inspiring mountains, friendly locals, bagpipes, kilts, coos, castles and whisky you’ve heard so much about!

Still need convincing…?

bonnie* – beautiful