Hostelling Scotland Top Five Destinations

With hostels in key locations across Scotland, Hostelling Scotland offer great value, flexible accommodation and a warm welcome for anyone wishing to explore and discover the real Scotland! Check out these top destinations to get inspired for your next adventure.

Once you've discovered your dream destination, save 15% off accommodation and free Hostelling Scotland membership with your Young Scot card or European Youth Card.

Glen Nevis, Fort William 

Photograph of waterfalls at Glen Nevis, Fort william

You’ll find Glen Nevis in the heart of the UK’s Outdoor Capital, surrounded by mountains and the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. The 5* Glen Nevis Youth Hostel is just outside Fort William and has recently been given a complete makeover. Be inspired by a hand-painted mural of the local area inside created by artist Little Book Transfers and relax outside on trendy spacious decking, while taking in spectacular views of the mighty Ben Nevis. It’s so close that you only have to cross the road and walk over a small bridge until you reach a path that will take you up to Ben Nevis. Not what you expected from a hostel, right?

What is there to do? Get on your bike as the Lochaber area has a world-class mountain biking course, visit one of Scotland’s oldest museums - West Highland Museum, visit Glenfinnan Viaduct which you might have seen in the Harry Potter movies.

Discover Glen Nevis with Migrating Miss watch the video here.


Picture of Edinburgh Castle from below

Discover Scotland’s capital city and visit The Elephant House, famous for its connections with a certain Boy Wizard. Visit Edinburgh’s most famous close, the Real Mary Kings Close, which sits beneath the Royal Mile and uncover the city’s hidden history. Immerse yourself in the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August – there is so much to see, do and learn, whether you’re into music, dance, books, comedy, or the arts.

If you know your way around the capital then you’re bound to have seen Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel on Leith Walk, a few minutes from the Omni Centre and Edinburgh Playhouse. The hostel has its own café/ bar which is open all day and has tasty cakes, snacks and drinks on the menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is also served at the hostel, or you can save money by rustling up your own meal in the self-catering kitchen.  

What is there to do? Try a ghost-tour from one of Edinburgh’s award-winning storytellers, get amazing views of the city from Edinburgh Castle or Calton Hill, walk along the Water of Leith Walkway.

Discover Edinburgh with Migrating Miss watch the video here.

Achmelvich Beach

Rocks leading down to sandy Achmelvich Beach with clear blue ocean

Beach lovers – this one’s for you!

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel in the north-west Highlands is right beside a beautiful, sheltered white sandy beach. Not many people know about this ‘secret beach’ on the NC500…and that’s one of the best things about it.

Explore miles of unspoilt coastline and crystal clear waters – whether you’re walking next to it, swimming in it, or trying out some water sports on it! The hostel is close to Suilven, one of the most identifiable mountains in Scotland, with its dome-shaped peak which has been described as looking like a dinosaur’s back.

What is there to do? Watch the sun rising over the sea, visit Stoer Lighthouse, discover local wildlife by going on a whale & dolphin watching boat trip – tours leave from Lochinver, which is around 4 miles away.

Watch adventure photographer Dan Bell’s video about Achmelvich Beach here.

Portree, Isle of Skye

Photograph of multicoloured houses sitting near the coast of Portree, Isle of Skye

If you’ve never been to Skye then you have to go! Scotland’s second largest island, off the north-west coast, really does have it all – from dramatic mountain-scapes to ever changing cloud formations and sparkling lochs. No wonder it’s one of the country’s most popular destinations…

The Isle of Skye’s dramatic landscape has been used in many film and TV productions including The Land That Time Forgot, The BFG, Stardust and cult classic The Wicker Man.

The island’s capital Portree sits in a natural harbour on the east side. Surrounded by hills, Portree Youth Hostel offers fantastic views of the bay. It’s perfectly located, in the heart of the town, so it’s the perfect base for getting around and exploring all Skye has to offer.

What is there to do? Visit Dunvegan Castle which is home to Clan MacLeod, experience an underwater boat trip (it’s a thing!) on the Seaprobe Atlantis, walk to the iconic Old Man of Storr rock pillar.

Watch the Isle of Skye Road trip to find out more about The Isle of Skye.


View of Clydeside in Glasgow showing the squinty bridge at sunrise over the River Clyde

It’s the UK’s friendliest city. It’s packed with energy. It’s the beating heart of Scotland.

Glasgow Youth Hostel overlooks Kelvingrove Park in the lively west end, close to Kelvingrove Art Gallery. It’s a 10-minute walk from trendy Finnieston, which is buzzing with creativity and has an awesome range of places to eat and drink - including the delicious Avo Avo avocado restaurant.

The hostel is within easy reach of many of the city’s best music venues, including The SSE Hydro, The SEC Centre and SWG3, which attract some of the biggest names in music, from Beyonce to George Ezra and Mumford & Sons.

What is there to do? Hit the shops – we recommend Buchanan Street, Byres Road, or if you’re into vintage then give Mr Ben Retro Clothing a try! Take a friend for coffee and cake at Glasgow’s cat café.

Discover Glasgow with Migrating Miss watch the video here.

Remember you can get 15% off room rates and free membership at Hostelling Scotland with your Young Scot card and European Youth Card! Where will you explore?