Sleeping on a budget in Scotland

These hotels and hostels in Scotland are budget-friendly but still provide you with everything you need for a relaxing stay and a good night's sleep.

1) The Baxter

Just off Princes Street in the heart of the capital and a stone’s throw away from Waverley train station, this hostel is in a perfect location to get in amongst the life of Edinburgh. Above the Guildford Arms that serves a great pint. Inside there is a Nordic/Highland hipster-style of design. The space is well managed with even one of the dorm rooms having a three-tall bunk bed if you don’t mind heights! Upstairs mixed dorms for up to 12 people, down a four-bed private room with en-suite bathroom. Free breakfast of eggs on toast to start your day.

hotel interior of The Baxter in Edinburgh

5/2 West Register Street, Edinburgh

+44 (0)131 503 1001

2) The Murray Library Hostel

The beautiful red sand stone building stands out from the rest at Anstruther’s harbour. Formally a library it’s now been lovingly converted into a hostel. Many original features have been kept with stripped back flooring, a grand staircase, sachet windows, cast iron radiators and a decorative mosaic floor as you enter. Offering a range of private rooms, family rooms and mixed four-to-eight-man dorms. Warm and friendly common areas with board games to keep everyone entertained. Very affordable prices, don’t miss the chance to stay in this unique set-up.

room interior at the Murray Library Hostel

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3) Cleikum Mill Lodge

Originally built in 1877 and used formally as a drill hall, court room, cinema and bingo hall this building now serves its purpose as self-catering accommodation. Now split into two floors you have the option to book a room or book the building for up to 12 people. The Tweed Valley is famous for its world class mountain biking and Innerleithen is a perfect place to base yourself to head out and explore. The lodge is set up to accommodate active outdoor guests with bike store, drying room and laundry.

room with wooden floors at the Cleikum Mill Lodge

7 Cleikum Mill, High Street, Innerleithen

+44 (0)7790 592747

4) Kinlochewe Hotel

The Kinlochewe Hotel is a must-stop-off if you are in the area and searching for a good drink or something to eat. The menu has the best of the north-west to offer, with the produce being sourced locally, from Torridon to Gairloch and it has to be sampled. Accommodation is also available, ranging from cosy double and twin rooms to the bunkhouse, which is a great option if you are watching your spending. Put it all together with their friendly service, it’s a great place to spend a night, or two.

cozy interior of a room at the Kinlochewe hotel

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