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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.

This hostel is great!

This hostel is great! Direct access to Loch Ness and a lovely view up and down the loch. Absolutely loads of communal space (5 cookers in the kitchen and 4 fridges!!!). There are reading lights… Read more “This hostel is great!”

Kirsty Godsman
The Lochside Hostel

Review of Castle Rock

It was a nice place to stay at, even the big rooms, like the 16 people I stayed in, had some privacy, and I was able to enjoy my stay instead of worrying about the… Read more “Review of Castle Rock”

Alen Ríos
Castle Rock Hostel

Warm hostel, great location, helpful staff

Warm hostel, great location, helpful staff (Anne went above and beyond helping me book my bus plan for the next day), fun little city with great pubs and live music.

Joshua Mogyoros
Inverness Student Hotel

Perfect in every single way!

I booked this fairly last minute for New Years as I was late to the party, all my friends booked their accommodation earlier on. As all other reviews state, the location is just perfect. You… Read more “Perfect in every single way!”

Matt P
Royal Mile Backpackers

Nice hostel

Nice hostel, though it is showing some wear and tear. We slept here before starting off on the Great Glen Way and it did the job. The rooms are comfortable, there is an option for… Read more “Nice hostel”

Bart Smeulders
Fort William Backpackers

This is absolutely my favorite hostel ever!

This is absolutely my favorite hostel ever! I first came to stay there back in 2008. We had only planned to stay one night but fell in love with both the hostel and the island… Read more “This is absolutely my favorite hostel ever!”

Enlothien Took
Skye Backpackers

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