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Scotland's Top Hostels

Offering award winning hostels and tours, Scotland’s Top Hostels is your one stop shop for the perfect budget friendly Scottish Holiday.

Our Hostels around Scotland

Scotland’s Top Hostels offers nine welcoming hostels throughout Scotland. With the original (High Street Hostel) opening up in Edinburgh in 1985, followed by Castle Rock Hostel(located beside the castle), as well as Royal Mile Backpackers(located on the famous Royal Mile). We also offer six Hostels in the Scottish Highlands. Whether you’re hiking the Great Glen Way from Fort William, wanting to spend some time on the bonnie banks of Loch Ness, or visiting the Highlands biggest city(Inverness) we have your Hostel needs sorted.

Our Story

Scotland’s Top Hostels offers nine welcoming hostels throughout Scotland. With the original (High Street Hostel) opening up in Edinburgh in 1985, followed by Castle Rock Hostel(located beside the castle), as well as Royal Mile Backpackers(located on the famous Royal Mile). We also offer six Hostels in the Scottish Highlands. Whether you’re hiking the Great Glen Way from Fort William, wanting to spend some time on the bonnie banks of Loch Ness, or visiting the Highlands’ biggest city (Inverness) we have your Hostel needs sorted.

Check out the interactive map of our hostels below

Multi Award Winning Tours of Scotland

MacBackpackers has run fun filled, fully guided adventures around Scotland for over 15 years. Created for young independent travellers aged between 18 and 40, our tours give an entertaining, informative and utterly unique view of Scotland.

Our guides, patriotic and passionate, will open up our amazing country to you, weaving together the rich fabric of Scottish history and culture as we travel along some of the most picturesque routes in Scotland.

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What our guests have to say

Hear from our guests from all across the world in what they thought about our Hostels.

No frill hostel, Great atmosphere.

No frill hostel, Great atmosphere. A lovely living room which a lot of games, books, a guitar and a lot more. The guy at the reception was very helpful as well in recommending places around… Read more “No frill hostel, Great atmosphere.”

Adrian Remedios

Great location just a few mins from the centre.

Great location just a few mins from the centre. Not all beds have plugs next to them. But everything else was as you’d want in a hostel. Sadly not found on hostelworld

Arjun Narayan Arjun Narayan
Inverness Student Hotel

Good social activities!

Good social activities! Good location. Beds and rooms are a little small, and the breakfast is just average. There was an unfortunate mix up with my check in, but the staff handled it extremely well!… Read more “Good social activities!”

Kristen Barber
Castle Rock Hostel

Staff was very friendly

Spent one night there. Staff was very friendly. The cat that came in the night was cute. Breakfast was available for £2.00. Definitely coming back!

Carlo Banchón
Skye Backpackers

Clean and tidy.

Clean and tidy. Comfy enough beds. Free quick wi fi. Cool common room with a record player and loadsa old records.

Paul Ryan Paul Ryan

Excellent Location

Excellent location! The rooms and the bathrooms are clean. The staff friendly and helpful. We didn’t like the fact that after the breakfast, we had to wash our dishes Some people were just pouring water… Read more “Excellent Location”

Kelly K
Castle Rock Hostel

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