You’d be forgiven for thinking the scenery of Scotland had been plucked straight from a fantasy movie – breathtaking mountains, towering castles, mysterious lochs, rugged cliffs and sweeping countryside. Add to this delicious food, the world’s finest whisky and fantastically friendly locals, and you have yourself the backpacking adventure of a lifetime.
With the following affordable and indeed unique backpacker hostels and the current cheap flights to Glasgow that are available, it doesn’t have to cost you and arm and a leg.
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Budget Backpackers, Edinburgh
Budget Backpackers is one of the most popular hostels in the UK, and for good reason. Not only is it located in the heart of Edinburgh, but its facilities and atmosphere are second to none. The hostel’s chill out room is colourful and inviting with comfy sofas, a widescreen TV and views of Edinburgh Castle. You can snag a dorm bed for as little as £7, while private twin rooms are still very cheap at £23.
Glasgow Youth Hostel, Glasgow
Glasgow Youth Hostel offers a beautiful mixture of traditional architecture and modern features, with a Victorian exterior and décor complimented by comfortable accommodation, internet access, entertainment facilities and a laundry. There are three large lounges for kicking back and socialising as well as a popular coffee shop. Expect to pay around £15 a night here.
Skye Backpackers, Kyleakin
This quaint hostel is nestled between the mountains and the ocean in the charming fishing village of Kyleakin, on the Isle of Skye. It offers quirky accommodation, clean and comfortable facilities, a large garden and cosy fireplace. Around the Kyleakin area you can go hiking in the mountains, visit local distilleries and breweries, explore castle ruins or simply relax with a good book in the peaceful garden. Dorm beds at Skye Backpackers start from £15 a night.
Loch Ossian Hostel, Corrour
Nature buffs and adventurers will love the serenity and remoteness of Loch Ossian Hostel in the Scottish Highlands. Positioned next to a picturesque loch in the middle of nowhere, this hostel is completely eco-friendly – so much so that the only way you can access it is by walking 2km from the Corrour railway station. Don’t expect the usual luxuries like showers or electrical applicances, but rather the luxuries of nature like breathtaking scenery and utter tranquillity. If you’re feeling particularly active, why not have a crack at joining the Ossian Hour Club by running around the loch in under an hour.
About the Author : Simon Byrne+ is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. From Piranha fishing in the waterways of Bolivia to exploring ancient tombs in Cambodia, Simon’s travels continue to take him to weird and wonderful places, uncovering unique experiences and fascinating local people.