Booking a private room with shared self-catering is becoming very common in independent hostels.  Our hostels are affordable, friendly and overflowing with character, but they also can offer privacy and a high level of comfort as well as the convenience of shared living areas. As well as self catering kitchens, hostels often offer laundry, drying rooms and other facilities for the outdoor enthusiast or traveller.  Here are a few to try, but for any area of Scotland try our accommodation search facility to find the hostels with private rooms, often ensuite.

Jessie Mac's Dunkeld, Perthshire

Jessie Mac's has 7 ensuite bedrooms, offering a mix of luxury self-catering hostel with breakfast options. Jessie Mac's offers a warm welcome and a good night's rest. Breakfast is flexible, you can do your own in the generously equipped guest kitchen or be served with a choice of continental or a range of cooked options including a vegetarian, vegan & gluten free menu. There are 3 private double rooms, 2 family rooms and 2 dorm rooms, all ensuite.  Only 1 hour's drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow, with great public transport links. Visit the website 


Habitat at Ballater, Cairngorms National Park

Habitat is ideally located for exploring the Cairngorms, Royal Deeside, climbing Lochnagar and visiting Balmoral. Graded 5 Stars by Visit Scotland the hostel offers a choice of family, twin and dormitory accommodation, all ensuite. The kitchen, dining, sitting area with woodburning stove offers contemporary comfort and there are luxury touches from free kitchen essentials, magazines, fresh flowers which takes hostelling to a whole new level. Visit the website


Aultguish Bunkhouse, near Ullapool

This new style of quality bunkhouse, set in a beautiful North West Highland wilderness offers a range of rooms from a basic bunkroom with shared facilities, to ensuite private single, twin, double or triple rooms with flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and the best bed linen and towels.The cosy bunkhouse has excellent, spacious kitchen, dining and lounge areas to relax at the end of an invigorating day. Visit the website


The Cowshed Boutique Bunkhouse, Uig, Skye

The Cowshed Boutique Bunkhouse is a new style of Hostel. Created with a sharp eye for design and comfort it provides a luxurious but friendly retreat from the wilderness of the Isle of Skye. The bunk beds have been custom made to provide the perfect sleeping spot complete with individual reading lights, power points and a privacy curtain. Bunkrooms are 4 or 6 beds and each has its own private shower which is perfect for a family group. There are stunning views of the Isle and the sea through the large picture windows that surround the main living and dining space.  Visit the website


Colonsay Backpackers Lodge, Hebrides

This is a traditional backpackers lodge on a remote Hebridean island, which nevertheless offers twin rooms, some ensuite, in a cosy stone building which was a gamekeepers lodge. There is a spacious dining, cooking, sitting area and a living room with open fire. Located in the Southern Hebrides, the Isle of Colonsay is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt islands in the Hebrides, accessible via ferry from Oban. Visit the website


Murray Library Hostel, Anstruther, Fife

Our only Hostel member in Fife, the newly converted Murray Library Hostel has a sea-side location in the wonderfully picturesque village of Anstruther in the "East Neuk" of Fife. All the rooms have a sea-view, with a choice of 4 to 6 bed dorms, perfect for families and two private rooms. The bathrooms are shared, but high quality. There are excellent kitchen and living areas plus on-site laundry facilities and bike storage. The area is a mecca for golfers, walkers, outdoor activities and wildlife. Visit the website


Gulabin Lodge, Glenshee, Perthshire

The Lodge has 9 bedrooms sleeping 37 guests with double, twin and family rooms available.  On the upstairs floor, 4 traditional-style bedrooms sleep 12 guests in total which is  popular with smaller groups. Downstairs there are 5 bedrooms, sleeping up to 27 guests. These rooms have 2 sleeping levels with a mezzanine floor and are ideal for families.  The rooms are not ensuite but the toilet & shower facilities are private to each floor. Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre has a wide variety of instructor-led land and water activities to choose from all the year round Visit the website

More Hostels with Private Rooms!

Findhorn Village Hostel has just refurbished and provided a private room sleeping 5 with ensuite - ideal for families Visit the website

The Barn Hostel, on the Orkney Island of Westray, has one private ensuite room, sleeping 4 a further three private rooms for 2 with bunk beds and a private double room.  Visit the website

Comrie Croft Steading in Perthshire has a big selection of rooms including 6 ensuite rooms for couples and families.  Visit the website