It is very important that you read and understand our Terms and Conditions for Guests at SYHA Hostels, before booking or staying in one of our youth hostels.
This is necessarily a lengthy and detailed document, but the list at the top of Page 1 indicates which sections are particularly relevant to different types of guest.
All customers making a reservation or staying in our youth hostels agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
Download: Terms and Conditions PDF
While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this website, it is possible that errors, omissions or discrepancies may occur, and SYHA Hostelling Scotland assumes no liability for any loss or damage incurred in part or in whole because of such errors.
We reserve the right to update, revise or make obsolete information from this website without notice.
We will ask you for personal information such as your name and contact details when you make a booking or take out membership of SYHA Hostelling Scotland. We will use this information to provide you with a better service, but we will not sell or distribute your personal information to any third parties, or use the information you have provided for unsolicited email. Your details will be held in our internal systems only, and will not be accessible by the general public.
We may request your permission to send you information about SYHA Hostelling Scotland including news, offers and competitions, and you may withdraw your permission at any time by contacting us at email@example.com and including “Unsubscribe” in the subject line. If you wish to enter your views on our Hostel Ratings system you will need to provide your email address. This will also register you for email updates on news and promotions. Again, you unsubscribe at any time.
This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission.
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Using your information
Collecting information on the way in which you use our website helps SYHA Hostelling Scotland to better understand how we can improve our services. We use your information to:
- Manage and improve the website
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- Manage promotions, competitions, customer surveys and questionnaires
Your personal information is safe with us and will never be released to other organisations or companies. We may share anonymised information outside SYHA Hostelling Scotland to help us improve our services but we would like to reassure you this will never include personal information.
SYHA Hostelling Scotland is registered with the UK Data Protection Registrar.
Calls to our Reservations Department may be recorded for training purposes.