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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.

Very cosy and clean

Very cosy and clean.loved the evening ambience where everyone prepares his own food in the kitchen and eats along with other residents.ideally located on the bank of loch ness with splendid twilight view. Stephen was… Read more “Very cosy and clean”

viswarnath virah sawmy
The Lochside Hostel

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

Room had a beautiful view of the ocean

Room had a beautiful view of the ocean. Rooms were clean with your own sink. Breakfast was only £2. You are walking distance to 2 bars and an Indian food restaurant. Staff were friendly.

Marion Lafleur
Skye Backpackers

Excellent staff

Excellent staff – one lady at the reception is really very polite and helpful – I am sorry I can’t remember her name. Clean rooms, very central location, good prices, I certainly recommend it to… Read more “Excellent staff”

leonidas lio
Royal Mile Backpackers

Well decorated

Well decorated, great staff, comfy beds and everything you could need

Alasdair Hall
Royal Mile Backpackers

Great value

Great value, perhaps most enthousiastic welcome I’ve had in a hostel this year, scones for breakfast, private parking, excellent hostel.

BJ de Bruin
Pitlochry Backpacker Hotel

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  • The tale goes that if you hold your face in the #FairyPools for a minute, you'll gain eternal youth and beauty. The cold water ensures not everyone can leave this magical place with this honor... Would you be able to hold your face in the pools for a minute? You could find out on one of our @macbackpackers tours to the #IsleOfSkye this summer! •
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  • One of our favorite spots in one of our favorite cities 😍 #RossFountain in #Edinburgh is only a few minutes walk from our 3 Edinburgh Hostels (@royal.mile.backpackers, @highstreethostel and @castlerockhostel) and is a stunning spot to spend a warm summer's day ☀️
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You can see the amazing Isle of Skye on one of our @macbackpackers tours this summer! Check them out for the best tours of #Scotland
  • With Castle Views like this, it's no wonder our @castlerockhostel is such a popular spot
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