10 INCREDIBLE Hostels in Inverness (2020 • Insider Guide!)

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As the biggest city in the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is a major hub for travelers experiencing the beauty of Scottish high country.

For centuries, Inverness has served as the cultural and administrative center of the Highlands.

Modern-day Inverness is loaded with epic sights including a 19th Cathedral and a Red Sandstone Castle.

Like most parts of the UK, traveling in urban Scotland can be more expensive than us budget backpackers would like. Discovering cheap and comfortable accommodation isn’t always super easy whilst getting to know the country.

That is exactly why I wrote this guide to the best hostels in Inverness, Scotland!

With the help of this guide, finding the right hostel for yourself is simple and easy.

I break down the best hostels in Inverness by category so that you can find the perfect fit for yourself and your own travel style.

Whether you are looking to meet other travelers, score a private room in Inverness, or just looking for the best cheap hostel in town, this Inverness travel guide has got you covered.

Let’s dive right in and take a look…


Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Inverness


Best Hostels in Inverness

Welcome to my ultimate guide to the best hostels in Inverness!


The 10 Best Hostels in Inverness


Overall Best Hostel in Inverness – Inverness Student Hostel

Inverness Student Hostel best hostels in Inverness

Inverness Student Hostel is a cool, funky hostel and my top pick for the best hostel in Inverness. Details below…

– $$
– Free Tea & Coffee (& Cocoa)
– Linen Included
– Common Room

Just a few miles away from Loch Ness means all you cryptozoologists and backpackers will be loving the location of this Inverness backpackers hostel. There’s also a beautiful riverside area and a bus/train station nearby, too. The staff are lovely and friendly and helpful, which is always a plus – and let’s not forget about the free tea, coffee and cocoa that’s available to all guests. The showers aren’t exactly the most immaculate, however, the price and other amenities of this chill place mean it takes our spot as the overall best hostel in Inverness.



Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Inverness – Black Isle Hostel

Black Isle Hostel best hostels in Inverness

A hostel with craft beer on tap? Not you have my attention. Black Isle Hostel is the best hostel for solo travelers in Inverness.

– $$
– No Curfew
– Key Card Access
– Self Catering Facilities

Located above a bar – which is always a good place to socialise – this new hostel is our top pick for the best hostel for solo travellers in Inverness. The bar serves craft beer specifically, so that’s gonna attract some likeminded people in terms of backpacker-y vibes – well, maybe? We hope so, anyway. Other than that, the central location of this place means not having to walk too far into town, or to find a bus stop or anything like that, and walking around on your own with a huge backpack is never fun, right? And cause it’s new it’s all pretty clean and modern, too. Solid option.



Best Cheap Hostel in Inverness #1 – Inverness Tourist Hostel

Inverness Tourist Hostel best hostels in Inverness

Apart from the horrible name choice, Inverness tourist hostel is the best cheap hostel in Inverness.

– $
– Luggage Storage
– 24-Hour Security
– Hot Showers

Well, there we were thinking that only backpackers stayed at hostels. Or do backpackers count as tourists? When is a backpacker the same as a tourist? Um. We don’t know what we’re on about with that, but we do know that Inverness Tourist Hotel is the best cheap hostel in Inverness – it’s relatively central, providing a good base for exploring the city of Inverness, and for the incredible price of this place you can’t really moan. However it is a little bit old, and a little bit small, and the Wifi is kinda poopy. Other than that, it’s a decent place to lay your head.


Best Cheap Hostel in Inverness #2 – City Hostel

City Hostel best hostels in Inverness

Looking for an alternative cheap sleep? City hostel is another one of the best cheap hostels in Inverness.

– $
– Common Room
– Self Catering Facilities
– Free Tea & Coffee

City Hostel – which has a pretty good location in the city centre if you didn’t guess by the very unimaginative name of this top hostel in Inverness – is set in a pretty, old building, so there’s a nice bit of aesthetic heritage here. But don’t expect to be wowed by some of the basic nature of the modern furnishings here. However, it IS clean, if a little on the small side. It can also be a bit noisy, but for the price – and for the fact that it’s located right in the middle of town, you can overlook that, right? A bunch of restaurants and drinky places just on the doorstep, too. Inverness Castle is also in view!



Best Cheap Hostel in Inverness #3 – Struy Guest House

Struy Guest House best hostels in Inverness

If you go with the caravan out back, Struy guest house offers up some of the cheapest private rooms in Inverness.

– $
– Bicycle Hire
– No Curfew
– Free City Maps

The funniest thing about this Inverness backpackers hostel is that the cheapest private room option is actually a caravan in the garden – with shared toilet facilities (i.e. they’re in the house). We decided to share that because a) it’s funny and b) it’s a disclaimer, in case you were expecting, you know, a room! So other than that the dorms at this small hostel are very cheap, but the location isn’t all that – it’s a little bit far from the town itself. That said, this means it’s quiet and chill. Plus it’s super clean and the owners/staff are really nice and we like both these things.



Best Hostel with a Private Room in Inverness – Bazpackers Hostel

Bazpackers Hostel best hostels in Inverness

Classy and cozy, that’s what I like. The historic building that is Bazpackers is the best hostel with a private room in Inverness.

– $$
– Outdoor Terrace
– Common Area
– Historic Building

Bazpackers? BAZpackers? Why? WHY? We just can’t get over these names sometimes. Whatever. The main thing is that this hostel is located in the smallest hostel building in Inverness – whether or not that’s a good claim to fame, we’re not sure. The building also happens to be a converted house from 1826, which could maybe make it the coolest hostel in Inverness. But instead, we’re gonna go ahead and say it’s the best hostel with a private room in Inverness because the privates here, although cosy (i.e. small), are very bed-and-breakfast-like, which means comfy and cute (in a kitsch sorta way).



Psst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!


More Best Hostels in Inverness

Want to stay in the party district or maybe somewhere more laidback? Decide on where to stay in Inverness before booking your hostel.


Inverness Youth Hostel

Inverness Youth Hostel best hostels in Inverness

Modern, spacious, clean. Inverness Youth Hostel was almost my first pick for the best hostel in Inverness.

– $$
– Self Catering Facilities
– 24-Hour Security
– Common Room

A very large hostel with a very good industrial/catering kitchen, but because of the spacious nature of this Inverness backpackers hostel, it’s kinda hard to make friends. Everyone’s just too far away from each other! Other than that, it’s a short walk from this youth hostel in Inverness to the city centre and the top things to do in Inverness, plus there’s a giant Tesco (big old supermarket if you don’t know about it) and a few pubs nearby. The staff here are very lovely and friendly, which always helps add to the positive atmosphere of a hostel. Security is so good the alarm goes off if you mess around with door handles for too long, so get the peeps working here to teach you the secret!



Don’t fancy a backpackers hostel this time around? We know what it’s like. Everyone needs a hotel stay sometimes, right? So we’ve had a look through the hotels on offer in Inverness and come up with a few choices for ya…


Best Budget Hotel in Inverness – Woodgrove City Rooms

Woodgrove City Rooms best hostels in Inverness

As far as hotels go, Woodgrove City rooms is one of the better cheap hotel options in Inverness. Love the wood floors!

– $
– Towels Included
– Mountain View (Some Rooms)
– Self Catering Facilities

Sort of just a step above a youth hostel in Inverness, we have Woodgrove City Rooms – it’s got private rooms, a shared bathroom and a shared kitchen. It’s basically a bed-and-breakfast, except without the breakfast. It’s cute (maybe in that it’s cosy) and the rooms are fairly spacious, bright and well decorated – simply without being too fussy. Just what you’d expect of the best budget hotel in Inverness. There’s even a kettle and some free tea and coffee (it IS instant, however) in each room. It’s somewhat out of the centre of Inverness, but for the V acceptable price that’s ok.

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Best Mid-range Hotel in Inverness – The Kings Highway Wetherspoon

The Kings Highway Wetherspoon best hostels in Inverness

Right in the city center, nice pub onsite. The Kings Highway is another one of the best hotels in Inverness.

– $$
– Parking Available
– Location Tho
– Bar & Restaurant

Yep, staying at this branch of Wetherspoon (a chain of pubs/hotels throughout the UK) is one of the most affordable options RIGHT in the town centre, which is why it’s our best mid-range hotel in Inverness. Yes, it’s not the cheapest, but that’s why it’s mid-range. The rooms here are clean, cosy and contemporary – plus just downstairs there’s a pretty big bar and restaurant space for all your eating and drinking needs. Whichever you wanna do. Both? Well, let’s just say they do a HAGGIS PIZZA here and leave it at that. It’s also very near the train/bus station and Inverness castle is but a 5 min stroll away.

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Best Splurge Hotel in Inverness – Bunchrew House

Bunchrew House best hostels in Inverness

Wanna stay is sprawling Scottish castle-ish thing? Bunchrew House may be pricey, but it is certainly one of the coolest hotels in Inverness.

– $$$
– Historic Building
– Firth View
– Garden/Grounds

It’s not exactly central but, pfft, who CARES when you’re staying in a literal country manor in a stunning slice of countryside just outside of Inverness! Really! Who cares! Needless to say, it’s very, VERY lovely here – it has a very, VERY expensive price tag to match, however. There are 20 acres of landscaped garden to meander around here and the manor itself overlooks the V beautiful Beauly Firth. Parts of this hotel date back to 1505. FIFTEEN-OH-FIVE! That’s OLD man! Huge fireplaces, wood panelling, an incredible free breakfast, Tesla (and non-Tesla) charging points… it’s just a dreamy place. As you can tell: our best splurge hotel in Inverness.

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What to Pack for your Inverness Hostel

Pants, socks, underwear… Here are some other items you might not have thought to pack.


Headphone Spltter1. Headphone Splitter: Don’t be those awkward people sharing one earbud on the bus, as you show off your in-depth music knowledge to your new friend. A headphone splitter is a great item to bring traveling, it works fantastic on those long bus rides or easy dorm Netflix nights when you want to relax and connect with someone.


Universal Adapter2. Universal Travel Adapter: Not every country has the same electrical plug style, so carry along a universal travel adapter. You’ll want one that covers varying voltage levels, has protection from power surges, a fried laptop is not fun, and enough ports so you don’t have to spend all day individually charging your devices.


Travel Pillow3. TRTL Travel Pillow: Get rid of the red eyes and yawning with this TRTL travel pillow. It’s not just a normal neck pillow (I mean, look at it!), the ergonomic design gives your neck and head so much comfortable support that you’ll actually be able to have some decent rest.  Super easy to carry and clean, it takes up so little space compared to a traditional travel pillow.


Luggage Travel Lock4. Padlock: Unless the thief literally spends hours to figure out the code (he won’t), this three-digit padlock is going to keep your stuff safe. It’s great for keeping the zipper of your backpack secured or your locker properly closed. This basic and very flexible padlock saves you from having your essentials stolen. Definitely a must-have for every backpacker!


best toiletry bag for one bag travel5. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: The Active Roots Toiletry bag keeps all of your bathroom essential items organized instead of flowing around your backpack. Having everything handy and accessible in one water-resistant bag is a bathroom lifesaver. This toiletry bag also helps from being that embarrassed person walking back to the dorm room, in a towel, to grab forgotten shampoo.


AR Towel6. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.


Why you should travel to Inverness

Well guys, that’s all I got. We have reached the final chapter of my best hostels in Inverness list.

Traveling in Scottish cities isn’t always the cheapest endeavor. Finding budget accommodation can sometimes be a real challenge.

Now that you have journeyed through my best hostels in Inverness travel guide, you are now in full possession of all of the best budget options in town.

The goal in writing this guide was to shine light on the best backpacker accommodation in Inverness so that picking the right place to stay is as easy as enjoying the Scottish highlands themselves.

All of the best hostels in Inverness are now in your pocket. The choice of where to book is up to you…

Still feeling uncertain of where to book? Choosing the best hostel doesn’t have to be like eating Haggis.  When in doubt, I recommend that you go with my top overall pick for best hostel in Inverness: Inverness Student HostelHappy travels!

Inverness Student Hostel best hostels in Inverness

Inverness Student Hostel is great way to go if you just want an awesome, easy hostel…


Travel Safety Tips for Inverness

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More Epic Hostels in Scotland and Europe

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Inverness.

Planning an epic trip all across Scotland or even Europe itself?

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Inverness has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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