Hostels are great for travelling and are normally relatively cheap and also a great way to meet people. Most hostels will have communal areas and communal cooking facilities, but some go the extra mile to make them cool as well as practical. With tourism being so competitive in Scotland, hostels have had to up there game to stay ahead which is great for the traveller.
One reliable name for hostels in Scotland is the Scottish Youth Hostel Association and hostels in this group tend to be of a good standard. The tourist board also have a grading system for hostels which gives consumers an additional metric to use when picking a place in addition to guest reviews.
A lot of the hostels are on price comparison website and websites such as Booking.com often offer deposit free bookings or free cancellation an this can be particularly useful in the early stages of planning a trip.