There are a huge variety of hostels in Scotland, ranging from isolated bothies available for a yearly membership to vibrant city centre backpacker hubs, with affordable safe beds. The Scottish Youth Hostel Association runs a number of these low cost independent hostels for the benefit of young people; after all youth hostels are designed to offer budget accommodation to people who might not otherwise be able to go on holiday.
Glasgow hostels are popular with international backpackers and young people after a cheap city break. These economical smart city hostels tend to be central, clean and safe with hot water and free WIFI. This type of functional backpackers hostel may not offer the epitome of luxury but in a city with so many museums, galleries, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, why would you want more than a place to crash? Curfew at hostels is largely a thing of the past, but if you're a night owl, do check beforehand.
Inverness is a popular backpacking destination due to its proximity to the Scottish Highlands and rich historic culture. You can visit Inverness Castle, explore Inverness Cathedral and spend some cash at the Victorian market. After a fun packed day, bed down at one of the hostels Inverness can offer. These tend to be central and handy for public transport; there are also family hostels offering great basic accommodation. As you head further north, bunkhouses might be a more reliable bet, or try a more interesting stay at a converted crofthouse.