Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling
Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling

Stirling Youth Hostel, Stirling

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Wish I'd Stayed Elsewhere

This hostel seemed to be out to extract as much money from their guests as possible. There were no lockers in the rooms. They had lockers on the ground floor where you could lock things up -- and run up and down the stairs every time you need something?! The large lockers were 6 GBP PER DAY! That's more than an extra $9 (U.S.) just to safely store your stuff in an inconvenient place. There was no wifi when I was there. It was broken and staff didn't even indicate how long it had been broken or when it would be fixed (if ever). The only internet option was to pay a GBP ($1.65) per 20 minutes to use their computers. In addition, the mattresses were horrible -- the worst I've slept on at a hostel. The only reason I stayed was there was only one other girl in my 6-bunk room and the last night I had it to myself. No wonder there were so few people staying there ... I'm sure word gets around (as it should). Based on what I've read online, I wish I'd risked a slightly more crowded room and the inconvenience of moving ... to the hostel further down the hill. It didn't look that nice from the outside, but apparently it's a more user-friendly place and the location is fine. I would not recommend or stay at the Stirling SYHA again.

United States

Stirling Youth Hostel seems to serve as a gateway to the Highlands in some respects. You will more often than not find a very international clientele, and also one geared towards outdoor activities. This is also reflected in the maps of the Highlands that you can find throughout the hostel. For better or worse, the hostel does have a noticeably quieter feel than many of those in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


The hostel is in the old town and within walking distance of the train station, albeit a little ways uphill. From the station head out on Station Street and you'll soon come to a "T" roundabout with Murray Place. Turn left and follow Murray around Crawford Arcade to the "Y" intersection with King Street and pedestrianized Port Street. Turn right onto King for a block and then veer left onto Spittal Street. Follow Spittal up the hill -- it will turn into St. John Street and the hostel will be the neo-classical building on your left, the one with the campanile out front.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Bedrooms contain standard hostel bunks, but sinks available in the rooms are a plus for dental and eye care.

Common Spaces

Reception at the hostel is open twenty-four hours, and the staff are friendly and helpful. The common room has TVs and table games like billiards -- it's an ok place to unwind if not exactly the coziest place in the world. The kitchen tends to be on the busy side, so you may wind up waiting a bit if you don't beat the rush. On top of that it's only open for cooking breakfast and supper -- you're on your own for lunch. And if you don't feel like cooking up your own breakfast, the hostel serves up a decent one from a separate kitchen for a few pounds extra.


Strirling is probably best known as the home of Stirling Castle and the William Wallace Monument, both fine tourist attractions and not far from the hostel (especially the castle). But Stirling is also home to many fine churches, including the sturdy little Gothic St John's, just a block up the hill from the hostel. Stirling also serves as a good jumping-off point for the Trossachs and the rest of the Scottish Highlands. And Monty Python fans will be in for a treat when they realize they're a short drive or ride from Castle Doune, which, as the only private castle available to the comedy troupe, had to do quintuple duty in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" as Camelot, Swallow Castle, the Castle of Guy de Lombard, Swamp Castle, and Castle Anthrax!

For those making their way into the Highlands, or those just wanting to get a bit further away from the bustle of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Stirling SYHA hostel is a safe bet for comfortable accommodation at a decent price. The Stirling SYHA hostel is about the best deal in the area; better than hotels, but not quite on par with hostel prices in more remote areas of Scotland or other parts of the British Isles.

Pete Alwin


Location and Contact




Address: St. John Street, Stirling, Stirling, Scotland

Stirling Youth Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Stirling Youth Hostel Stirling
Phone Number: +44 (0)1786 891400
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)


Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental


Lockers in Lobby


24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup


Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: Winter season closed Mon, Tue, Wed

Reception Hours: 07.00-10.00 and 16.00-22.30

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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