This section covers: 

  • Hostel
  • Backpackers
  • Group Accommodation
  • Activity Accommodation
  • Camping Barn, Bod or Bothy
  • Bunkhouse

PDF document Guidance Notes for Hostel - size 752kb


Each property is recognised by a classification ‘type’. The range of facilities and services expected in your establishment depends on its classification:


PDF document Hostel, Backpackers, Group Accommodation and Activity Accommodation Criteria - size 504kb

PDF document Camping Barn, Bod or Bothy Accommodation Criteria - size 328kb

PDF document Bunkhouse Criteria - size 352kb


Hostels are required to implement at least 16 out of (up to) 38 sustainability actions to achieve the minimum standards for Quality Assurance. In 2019 this will increase to 18 actions.


PDF document Sustainability Actions for Hostels - size 294kb


Welcome Schemes

A range of Welcome Schemes have been developed by VisitScotland to complement our Quality Assurance Scheme.


Welcome Scheme participation is part of the Quality Assurance Scheme at no additional cost. If you wish your grading to include any of the specific Welcome Schemes please complete the application form and your advisor will check that you meet the criteria at the time of their visit.


View the Welcome Scheme criteria documents and application form.


Digital support

Find out how you can promote your business through digital platforms including We provide support to businesses in the form of our business surgeries and digital reviews to help you take advantage of your digital marketing options.


In addition to the support we can provide, the Digital Tourism Scotland website is an essential resource for any businesses looking to use digital marketing and technology to grow their business.


Find out more about our business surgeries, digital reviews and Digital Tourism Scotland here.

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