Hostels in Inverness, Scotland

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Get to know Inverness (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Inverness. To help you make friends with Inverness before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Looking for hostels in the area of Inverness? We made it easy for you and put all hostels near Inverness in a group. Find all hostels in Loch Ness.
 River Ness

Inverness has become popular with tourists because of its close proximity to Loch Ness, and if you are looking for Nessie memorabilia, you won't leave Inverness empty handed. Along with hostels, Inverness also has the big shopping center area in the Highlands, and sports an abundance of malls and shopping centers, which get pretty busy with shoppers.

One thing to note -- it is not within walking distance to Loch Ness (unless you feel like walking a great distance!). There are plenty of buses that run from the city center, however, to points along Loch Ness, and there are attractions that are nearby Inverness if you have the time to get to them (such as the Culloden Battlefields and Urquhart Castle). While it is easy to get to by bus or by train, driving around the city is more complicated and parking isn't always very easy.

There are hostels in Inverness, and plenty of grocery stores and pharmacies, so it is a good pit stop for backpackers to patch up their needs before hitting the Highlands (or leaving the Highlands). Nightlife within Inverness is limited, but there are a few nightclubs and several pubs. Hootanannys and Johnny Foxes are quite popular pubs, both with travelers and locals, for their beer and for their music. Hootanannys is great for traditional Scottish music, but has three levels, which cater to a variety of musical themes.

For things to do within the city of Inverness itself, there is the River Ness, which is lovely to walk along, and there are several fishing spots as well. Inverness is a fine place to stay for a night (maybe two) in a hostel, but there are plenty of other places in the Highlands that have more to do and see.

Written by local enthusiast for Inverness hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Inverness hostels Emily Schreiber

FAQ about Inverness Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Inverness. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Inverness. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Inverness costs on average $37 for a dorm. A hostel in Inverness with private rooms costs on average $177.
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Black Isle Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Inverness.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Inverness

Your Packing List for Inverness

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Inverness Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Inverness, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
7 Total number of hostels
$37 Average dorm price
$177 Average private room price
$30 Cheapest hostel in Inverness
Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge is the cheapest
2 Party hostels in Inverness
Black Isle Hostel is the best rated
Most Inverness hostels are located in
Drumnadrochit
7.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Tore (9 Km / 6 mi.)
Dingwall (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Drumnadrochit (22 Km / 14 mi.)
Loch Ness (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Contin (23 Km / 15 mi.)
Garve (32 Km / 20 mi.)
Carrbridge (33 Km / 20 mi.)

Travel Tips for Inverness - from the Community

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