Best cheap hotels in Scotland

Planning a trip up to bonny Scotland? Use our guide to the best cheap hotels in fair Caledonia
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Whether you fancy scaling epic peaks, tramping through the highlands or trying out the amazing things to do, restaurants and bars in Scotland’s charming cities, a trip to the land of haggis and tartan can add up to a none-too-thrifty experience. But before you blow your wages in one fell click of the mouse, check out our pick of the best cheap accommodation Scotland has to offer. From beachside B&Bs and trendy backpacker’s hostels to homely hotels, there are plenty of budget options worth seeking out.

The best budget hotels in Scotland

Alexander Thomson, Glasgow

If it’s culture, history and a banging buffet breakfast you’re after, this Victorian-era hotel ticks all the boxes. The characterful rooms feature high ceilings and large windows and you can be swanning around the Gallery of Modern Art and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 15 minutes by foot. 

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Beaufort Hotel, Inverness

You’ve got to be seriously unfit if you work up a sweat pulling your case the 900-yard distance from Inverness train station to this homely, family-run hotel. Though if you’ve had a strenuous journey you could always splash out on the room with the spa bath. 

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Code - Pod Hostel Edinburgh

Shared rooms might mean you’ll be stuck with a loud snorer and no privacy, but while Code can’t vet who you’ll be bedding up with, its self-contained bunkbeds go some way to offering you a private space to sleep. If you think with your stomach then you’ll choose this place just for the breakfast waffles but the location – just a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle and the old town – could also clinch the deal. 

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Residence Inn by Marriott Aberdeen

Once you’ve got over all the space around your bed, recovered from the inevitable breakfast-induced food coma and thought about then decided against giving the fitness centre a spin, mosey on over to Aberdeen Beach. It's is a mere 20-minute stroll away.

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Clan Macduff Hotel, Fort William

Fancy enjoying your full Scottish brekkie with a glorious backdrop of mountainous terrain and lake views? Then snap this hotel up. From here you’re well-positioned to explore Fort William (five minute’s away by car), and you can be scaling Ben Nevis after a short ten-minute drive. 

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The Z Hotel Glasgow

We know you shouldn’t book a hotel based solely on the freebies it offers but guys: comp cheese and wine are on the cards at the Z Hotel! Besides, we doubt you’ll find any bed this comfortable at such wallet-friendly prices elsewhere. 

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Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

This budget-friendly chain is centrally-located with easy access to Edinburgh’s attractions and excellent transport links. The train station is on your doorstep, while the historic market square Grassmarket and its lively restaurants and bars will keep guests fed and watered.

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Kilchrenan House, Oban

This period property has a passion for pattern, but we reckon those gorgeous sea views will distract the eye. A generous breakfast is included, with gluten-free options too. But the real draw here – aside from the price – is you can be breathing in the Scottish sea air in under ten minutes by foot.

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Edenside House

Nature-loving guests will fall in love with this historic hotel perched on the Eden Estuary. It’s a five-minute drive to St Andrews and another ten to Dundee. En-suite rooms are small but perfectly formed and free parking, wi-fi and a hot, hearty breakfast is included.

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Haystack Hostel

Sometimes you turn up at a hostel and immediately regret not booking a hotel. Rest assured that won’t happen with this backpacker’s haven, situated just down the road from Edinburgh’s lively Princes Street. It comes with secure lockers, kitchen facilities and a well-kept communal area for getting to know your bunk mates. 

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