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Edinburgh is truly one of the greatest cities in Europe, and is often overlooked by those who don't want to spend the time to extend their trip up north to Scotland. Edinburgh serves as a fantastic place to stay, to drink, to explore and as a great launching point into the highlands. Many companies run tours where for less than 50 pounds you can spend the entire day seeing lochs (including Loch Ness), mountains, and valleys.
Edinburgh is a very large city, so be careful to get a hostel close to the downtown core if possible. The city has a great bus system and has been in the works of reinstating their tram system, however as of writing there is no expected date of service. The train station is located in a prime spot right by the Royal Mile, from where you can access the castle, the Queens Scottish residence, Grassmarket or the start of the trail to Arthurs seat. There are a number of Edinburgh backpackers hostels right on Grassmarket (where the nightlife is), but expect lots of noise if you stay there. A more conserved location would be off the Royal Mile, anywhere in the close proximity to the central core.
Edinburgh is known for its rain so make sure you bring a jacket or umbrella. The city has great walking tours and many museums to keep you busy. Try the whiskey and haggis!
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Castle Rock Hostel
"This is seriously the best hostel I've been to. The common rooms are amazing (especially the "reading room" with the fireplace and classical music). The hostel is nicely decorated in the theme of medieval times, the rooms are big and airy, and you can't beat the location and the view of the castle. The kitchen is huge, and the bathrooms/showers are top-notch. A lot of long-term guests stay here, and no wonder, since it's a great place to meet...
High Street Hostel
"Bright and cheery, the High Street Hostel is full of color and character. Plaid wall-hangings and upright full sets of knight's armor stand side by side with a giant draped rainbow and vivid splashes of paint. Located just off the Royal Mile (High Street), this hostel is literally within spitting distance of the Edinburgh Castle, the Waverly train/bus station, and a slew of the best restaurants and pubs in Edinburgh. High Street Hostel...
St. Christopher's Inn - Edinburgh
"Edinburgh is a charming town, and St. Christopher's Inn is a charming hostel. Social, colorful, and friendly, it is definitely worth at least a night's stay. The Location The streets in Edinburgh tend to be steep and windy, so it is not fun to haul your luggage around while you're looking for the hostel. A quick trick to find St. Christopher's if the online directions aren't cutting it -- it is located right across the bridge from the...
"Caledonian Backpackers is large, comfortable, and has every amenity that a backpacker could ask for! The Location This hostel is just off Princes Street, which is the main shopping street of Edinburgh, and is very easy to find if you're coming in by coach (head south from the station and turn right onto Princes Street and follow until Queensferry Street, where it is practically on the corner) or train (go north on Waverley Bridge to...
Princes Street East Backpackers
"Princes Street East Backpackers exemplifies the type of backpackers for those who wouldn't dare stay in one due to their of dark halls filled with drug addicts and unsanitary living conditions. Although the addicts aren't seen in the halls, they definitely are a part of designing the artwork on the walls -- weird cartoon characters appear on every wall in the multi-level, dilapidated building. Having said that, Princes Street Backpackers...
Cowgate Tourist Hostel
"The Cowgate Tourist Hostel pits itself against the popular hostel just around the corner, so is pulling out all the stops to attract a crowd and a good reputation. The Location The hostel has a perfectly serviceable location. It's just a short walk from the city centre, main shopping street, and city centre attractions. Though there are others nearer the centre, the Cowgate Tourist Hostel has less traffic passing by and is in a...
"Argyle Backpackers is not your typical hostel -- situated in two conjoined townhouses, it has more of a cosy B&B vibe, making it feel like you are staying in someone's house. Rather than housing just your usual young travelers, many older people and families also stay here.The vibe is relaxed and fairly quiet -- definitely not a party hostel. Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and there is a lockout from noon to 2 p.m. for cleaning....
"Edinburgh's Budget Backpackers is more than anything an awesome location in an awesome city. You don't even have to take one step from the hostel's door to get one of the best views of the famous castle and you can even see it from some common room windows. And being close to the castle by all means involves being close to everything you'd like to see and do in Edinburgh. The hostel itself is even better than the location. The place is...
Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel
"Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel is centrally located and within easy reach of all transit options to and from Edinburgh. Staff are friendly and helpful. The Location The hostel is located just off the Royal Mile on Cockburn Street, and is a five-minute walk from Waverley train station. Most of the tourist sights of Edinburgh are within walking distance, as are an array of restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, and shops. Rooms and Bathrooms...
"Belford Hostel is an interesting, albeit very affordable, place to stay in Edinburgh, Scotland, and offers a very different hosteling atmosphere. The hostel is a converted nineteenth century church, giving it a truly unique vibe. The Location Belford Hostel is located West End of Edinburgh, in a quieter (and very safe) neighborhood. The hostel sits on the corner and is easy to locate, thanks to the impressive steeple of the church. It...
Royal Mile Backpackers
"Awesome! - I loved this hostel. My friend and I stayed here for two nights this past March (2008), and had a blast. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. We met lots of great people, and the whole place had a fun, relaxed vibe to it. We stayed in a 4 bed room, and it was spacious, and the beds were comfortable and clean. The bathrooms were small, but very clean. And for about 8 pounds a night, you can't go wrong. I plan on...
"The West End Hostel is located within a 20-minute walk west of Edinburgh Castle. It's centrally located to a wide variety of restaurants and pubs and is safe to walk around at night. There is no lockout or curfew and, for added security, you are provided a key to the front door. The smoke free rooms are a bit cramped, but clean and you are provided with fresh sheets upon your arrival. Each floor has a co-ed bathroom room where the...
The Globetrotter Inn Edinburgh
"The Globetrotter Inn Edinburgh is a great starting, finishing, or layover point during your travels. Though it is very large, it doesn't make you feel at all overwhelmed. There's plenty to do here and it's not dodgy like some other backpackers. From Waverley Train Station to the Shuttle Bus Pickup site, follow Princes Street/Waterloo Place east past the Balmoral Hotel towards Carlton Hill to Bus Stop C (on right). Shuttle bus arrives on...
"If you are looking for a backpackers hostel in Edinburgh, Brodies 1 is the place. Brodies 1 is located a few block uphill from Waverley Station on the Royal Mile. It's a small, two story hostel with the reception desk located on the first floor and the rest of the hostel located on the second floor. The hostel is very secure, with a closed circuit camera monitoring the front door and first floor and the use of secure cards to open the door...
Edinburgh City Hostel
"When choosing a hostel in Edinburgh the locations right in the old town are not necessarily the best, as a stay at Edinburgh Nights Hostel will show. The Location Located just ten minutes from the train station and about fifteen minutes from the old town, it's close enough to everything really plus you get a fabulous view of the fairytale-like skyline of the city from near the hostel door. It's also located on bus routes and near some...
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St. John's Hill
"These guys lease a different university building each year and I think the info on the front page is about last year. This year it is right on the Cowgate, at College Wynd. If anything, it's too close to the action. We had a great stay with these guys. The rooms are all single or twin privates in self-contained flats. It was perfect for us to base ourselves while doing Edinburgh. Literally a 5-minute walk from the Castle." … "You will...
Smart City Hostels Edinburgh
"Smart City Hostel is situated in an ideal location, just off the Royal Mile and in walking distance of all the city's attractions. It's so new you can still smell the paint, but this shows in other ways too, with exposed wiring around the place, and a few kinks still to be worked out. For instance, the swipe cards used to enter our dorm room stopped working four times in our two-night stay. Fortunately reception is open twenty-four hours, so...
Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
"The Location This hostel is conveniently located on Leith Street, just a couple of blocks away from Princes Street and the Golden Mile. You can easily walk to almost all of Edinburgh's attractions. There is a train station (Waverly Place) at Princes Mall, a couple of long blocks away. It also feels safer being around the neighborhood there at night, whereas it doesn't feel quite so safe on the Royal Mile -- what with all the pubs and bars...
Art Roch Hostel
"Art Roch Hostel is a great place to stay! It's a fantastic place to meet people and socialize. It has a very hipster/artsy vibe with an eclectic style. The hostel (as well as others in Edinburgh) are frequented regularly by a plethora of British bachelor/bachelorette (stag/hen) parties, so beware that you may not get much sleep if you are a light sleeper and are sharing a room with one of said parties. The Location The location is...
Light House Hostel
"… The Light House is the place to chill out, relax and make new friends.We host regular campfires and BBQs in our large back garden so bring your guitars and best (or worst) singing voices and join us for a good old sing along around the fire; dancing is optional! Or if it’s too wet outside you can relax in our spacious comfy lounge and enjoy a wide selection of movies on our home cinema system with HD projector and surround sound.We...
The Old Schoolhouse Hostel Apartments
"… We have now fitted Mechanical locks to all Rooms and Dorms for added security. The Old Schoolhouse, formerly a children's School , is a very unique and historic place to stay during your time in Edinburgh. Enter through the 'Boys' or 'Girls' entrance and check in to your wonderfully renovated apartment in what was once a historic Edinburgh School . Located just a short walk from Edinburgh's Train and Bus Stations and 5...
"Great staff, great location - The location of this hostel is excellent, easy walking distance to anything you might need or want. The facilities are very clean and secure. The Haggis staff (special shout out to Robbie and Longhaired Chris) was great, which I think is the most important feature of any hostel. They helped out anyway they could and provided insight into the city. Thanks Haggis!" … "Good location & Friendly Staff - The...
City Centre Hostel
"… have 2 lockable bedrooms and a shared lounge, bathroom and kitchen area. Individuals bookings can share a 2 bed room apartment with someone else and groups of 4 or more have the option of booking both rooms and having exclusive use of the apartment. We also have some Apartments with 2 x 4 Bed Rooms which are great for groups as we can offer a combination of private Twin Rooms for the leaders and 4 Bed Rooms for the group all in...
Summer Hostel - Cowgate Campus Accom
"… has free internet (by ethernet; not compatible with wireless devices), a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, and a spacious living & dining area with a flat screen TV. The building has an elevator, 24-hour reception, bike storage, coin-operated laundry facilities, and a 11am check-out time. Check-out time is 11am. We have 24-hour reception, but please notify us in advance if you have a late check-in after 10pm. Reservations can be...
Summer Hostel - Beaverbank Campus Accom
"… for the full cost of the reservation. Linens are provided free of charge, and towel rentals are available for £5. Storage lockers are available for free, but please remember to bring your own lock. Beaverbank is open from July 27 to August 31 this summer. ROOM OPTIONS The building is open from July 27, 2013 to August 31, 2013 this summer. All bedrooms have one 3/4 double bed, are en suite, with a private bathroom containing...
Summer Hostels-Meadow Court
"… or cancelled without penalty 7 days prior to your check-in date. Please note that no changes can be made within 7 days of your check-in date, as you will be responsible for the full cost of the reservation. Linens are provided free of charge, and towel rentals are available for £5. Storage lockers are available for free, but please remember to bring your own lock. Meadowcourt is open from June 6th to August 31st this summer....
Smart at iQ
"… space and kitchen, are good for groups. The self contained studios are ideal for those couples looking for a self catering option. These rooms are equipped with a kitchen area, complete with a kettle, microwave, hob and oven, and fridge freezer. Our luxury studios, with additional space for you to relax, toiletries and bathrobes, are great for those looking for a little more comfort from their stay. The single bedrooms within the...
Art House Hostel
"… west-bound bus stop for 10, 11, 15, 16 which will take you to Tollcross. From Waverley Rail Station [Taxi] : Cost around £5. Journey time around 5 minutes. [Bus] : Cost £1.20 single. £3 day ticket. Journey time around 10 minutes. As you come out of Waverley Rail Station, walk up to Princes Street and on this side of the street look for the west-bound bus stop for 10, 11, 15, 16. From Edinburgh Airport...
Bus Station Backpackers Edinburgh Hostel
"Really excellent hostel - This hostel is totally deserving to five stars, the location is terrific, at beautiful street very close to the center, and very easy to find, the staff is especially nice, the ambiance there is very good. everything is clean and comfortable, the breakfast is very tasty, the hostel is one of the best i have ever been." … "Excellent - It is like a house really -- very comfortable. Nice and modern, very...
Malone's Old Town Hostel
"… from Waverly train station. Also Malone's Irish bar is one of of the most lively bars in Scotland and has constantly something going on from Live Music, Ceilidhs, Live Sport and Fantastic Food, to keep everyone entertained during their stay Please note : Check-in from 12:00 -22:00 Check- out by 10.30 Cancellation policy is 2 days in advance We accept payment by cash & credit card This is a no smoking hostel....
Summerhostels - Meadowcourt campus accom
"… us in advance if you have a late check-in after 10pm. Reservations can be adjusted or cancelled without penalty 7 days prior to your check-in date. Please note that no changes can be made within 7 days of your check-in date, as you will be responsible for the full cost of the reservation. Linens are provided free of charge, and towel rentals are available for 5. Storage lockers are available for free, but please remember to...
Art House Central Hostel
"… area of Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!Take a step back in time and experience a real living part of Scotland's history right under your feet in this very romantic 18th century setting. Enjoy our traditional open fire place or a walk in our private gardens. Comprising 50 beds, the Art House Central Hostel offers a selection of en suite, private and shared rooms, BBQ, south-facing garden with fantastic views of the city...
"Note: This hostel was previously called "Highlander Backpackers". It is now under new management. This hostel is reasonably well located for seeing the sites. It's a 15 to 20 minute walk from the Royal Mile and the main tourist sites, but busses are just a block away. The hostel has a bit of a run down feel to it but the it is clean. The interior could use a coat of paint to spruce things up. The beds in the dorms are quite lumpy and...
Caledon Culture & Language Center
"Edinburgh Hostel is in Edinburgh city centre. Small and friendly with all the features you need for a great stay in central Scotland. This may be your first trip to Europe or you may be European yourself discovering why Edinburgh is such a popular place to visit." … "… along on the right. Directions from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Edinburgh Hostel: From station leave by the Waverley steps exit to Princes Street. Turn right...
Edinburgh Eglinton Youth Hostel
"A group of us stayed here for two nights this May. I found the accommodations adequate, clean and very functional. There was Internet access, which is a plus for me. There is no lift, and it is 72 steps to the top floor (which I was on) — I wish I had taken a smaller suitcase. :D The food was first rate! The neighborhood was very safe, I thought. I would stay here again if in the area." … "… in on visitors to Edinburgh. As a...
City Centre Tourist Hostel
"I went to this hostel in December 2004. Its location is perfect, right on the busiest street with lots of shops. But I think you can find other nice hostels with the same price and good location, because Edinburgh is not a very big city. The hostel was not good at all for me, honestly. First, I had to share a four-bed dorm with a strange guy (I'm a female). It was not very comfortable thing for me. Second, the shower facilities are not...
Edinburgh International Hostel
"I and my children (daughter, 13; son, 15) had the pleasure of staying here for two nights, 25 and 26JUL2004. Having our own adjacent rooms (there are no larger rooms) was ideal after having spent the previous several weeks together in either family rooms or dorm room in hostels. This hostel had only recently opened up, and Marta, from Poland, was an exquisite hostess." … "Excellent hostel. Cheapest we could find with single rooms,...
"The atmosphere in Ocean Hostel is pretty good, its' leisurely and friendly. Some people have been stayed in this hostel for long time. Generally, it's tidy and clean but the kitchen is a bit unorderly and crowded. The location of is not ideal, it's a bit far from city centre; it will be an ideal work to walk though the long Leith Street! However, the day pass for bus is cheap, only asked for 2.3 pounds. There is a bar just opposite to the...
Edinburgh Metro Hostel - SYHA
"… it provides a great base for exploring Scotland’s vibrant capital. All accommodation is provided in single rooms (lockable with a £10 key deposit), and each flat has a shared bathroom, kitchen, laundry facilities (during daytime only) and 24-hour access. Private flats comprising of 4, 5 or 6 rooms with kitchen and bathroom are also available. Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel is just minutes from the historic Grassmarket, the Scottish...
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Edinburgh Travel Tips & Suggestions
I love the city and want to go back. It's nice to see familiar street names. I felt so much at home -- it's a home away from home here.
For me, it's the most pretty capital in the world! I love it! I love the city, its castle, its streets, its shops, its parks and gardens, its nightlife, its cultural spirit, and I love its people. Scottish people are the nicest people I've ever met! If it's possible, try to go in August and live the Edinburgh Festival. It rocks! These days the city is full of people all around the world and it can be noisy, but the atmosphere is unique! There are lots of concerts, theater plays, cultural activities, and tons of fun. I hope I will go back soon. It's the city I would like to live in. In short, I recommend Edinburgh to everybody!
We have spent the weekend in Edinburgh -- oh, what a city. It's definitely a place we would come back to and party -- fab food and places to drink.
— Girls from Birmmingham
Edinburgh is good for a visit. It's kind of expensive in accommodation and foods. As a budget traveler, the transportation cost is more reasonable in Scotland than in North America. The connection to different cities is excellent. We had a great time in the city of Edinburgh, too much to see but not enough time.
A great city. You don't need a car -- for £2.30p per day there is unlimited bus travel in and around the city. Visit H.M.Y. Britannia -- the exhibition is excellent. If you're a Twitcher, the Seabird Centre at North Berwick is five star -- £15 buys you a return rail ticket, which includes entrance to the centre, connecting bus, and entrance to the Concorde museum.
Do a Macbackpackers tour. They take you up into the highlands, leaving and returning from Edinburgh. They are really well priced, have great Scottish guides, are filled with stories, and they make it really easy for you to have a good time and meet lots of people.
Edinburgh has a very relaxed and friendly feel that most cities don't. The castle is the centre peice of a great city that is a must for anyone looking to see the best cities of Europe.
I lived in Edinburgh for a year and I cannot say enough about how great a city it is. It has everything that a big city offers but it has a small town feel to it. It was amazing and beautiful.
By far one of the best cities I've ever been in! The city is amazing, the history is fabulous, and the people are genuinely warm and welcoming. This is one of the most understated travel spots!
Edinburgh is possibly the best city I saw in Europe. It's a funky, gothic place and everyone should go. Make sure you spend the money to see the castle. It's awesome!!!!
If the weather is nice, take time out and rest at the park on Prince Street. Best place to sunbathe.
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