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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
"The craic, the craic!!! What can I say, this place rocks!! I stayed there for 2 weeks and made most of my friends there for the summer. Definitely a great place to meet friendly, sound people from all over. The staff are lovely people. I'll be back without a doubt!" … "Highlight of trip - All the earlier comments about long termers did not apply when i was there. Maybe it was because I was traveling alone and actually spoke to people,...
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...
"The staff at Argyle Backpackers are great -- they won't hassle you; thanks to this, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Location Argyle is not near the bus station -- it's approximately a forty-five-minute walk, but the walk is worth it for the price, the cleanliness, and the facilities which include two nice kitchens, an outdoor patio, and comfortable showers. A good thing about the location is that it is a scenic walk to Edinburgh...
"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 Hostel Edinburgh
"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...
Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls
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...
Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel Fleshmarket
"If You have any Questions or would Like to know More about Directions: you will receive all our contacts on Your Booking Confirmation Mail-get in touch." … "If You have any Questions or would Like to know More about Directions: you will receive all our contacts on Your Booking Confirmation Mail-get in touch." … 16 Fleshmarket Close
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...
Light House Hostel
"One of the best hostels I've ever seen! - This hostel is amazing. Great staff, clean, comfortable beds, good location. Literally not one bad thing to say about this hostel. I didn't want to leave!" … "… is after 15:00 only - and till 22:00. Check-out by 11:30. Reception is open from 7:00 to 22:00. Cancellation policy is 72 hours in advance. Under Age Policy: Guests under the age of 15 must stay in a private room with a...
"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 option for a expensive city like...
Malone's Old Town Hostel
"… low cost way to spend you time in Scotland's capital. All our rooms are newly renovated and have bags of character and vary from 4 to 12 beds per room. Malone's Old Town Hostel is located right beside the Greyfriars Bobby statue and The National history museum of Scotland and is just a 5 minute walk from Waverly train station. Also Malone's Irish bar is one of of the most lively bars in Scotland and has constantly something going...
Art House Hostel
"… Place and look for the 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,...
"… in-room lockers, free tourist info and free luggage storage if you arrive before check-in starts. Security is also great, with electronic swipe cards and door codes, CCTV throughout and security passes issue to all our guests. For the security of all guests, everyone is required to produce government- issued photo ID to check in. Unfortunately we only accept guest over the age of 18 years. We accept big groups, hens and...
Allgirlz Hostel (Female Only)
"… and our super-friendly staff. Enjoy a great sleep in a quiet room - you won't find the word 'noisy' in any of our reviews. Enjoy a night in with the girls, watching movies from our extensive movie collection Our hostel is small and friendly and perfect for meeting new friends. Brand new modern bathrooms with free girly shampoos etc., lots of mirrors, hairdryers etc. A real home from home hostel, without the inconvenience of...
Kick Ass Hostel
"Terrible - I booked with these guys and booked the wrong dates. They charged me £85 "deposit" and wouldn't help me out with the correct dates. Then told me they were booked out! In the end I coughed up £85 and don't even know what the place is like. Staff and manager were very unhelpful! Dreadful customer service. Zero stars." … "… in-room lockers, Free tourist info and Free luggage storage if you arrive before check-in starts....
City Centre Hostel - Kingsview
"… you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 12:00 to 21:00 . Check out before 10:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes included. Breakfast not included. No curfew. Child friendly. We do not have credit cards facilities onsite at the Hostel. If you want to pay by credit card please call us to make the necessary arrangements. Reception is open for check ins between 12 Noon and 9pm. A late...
"… Extremely spacious rooms with very high ceilings give an airy and comfortable feel. With elegant touches and modern facilities so if its a boutique property in the heart of Edinburgh City then look no further. Friendly staff and a secure environment - and a free breakfast! Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay....
"The Baxter offers you something you won’t find anywhere else. More than just a place to put your head down our custom built hostel will wow you with its vibrant and unique style. We aim to be somewhere you genuinely want to hang out, where you can feel at home, meet new people and make the most of our amazing city. Our dorm rooms range from 4-12 beds, and you can choose from single sex or mixed. Enjoy our immaculate, customised kitchen...
"… if they choose to do so, meet and mingle with interesting new people, as part of their hostel experience. Code Hostel's Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. Payment upon arrival by credit cards, debit cards. This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival. Check in from 15:00 to 20:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Taxes included. Breakfast included. When you book, you will...
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Phoenix West Princes Street
"… genuine, traditional, Georgian town house property. Shared dormitories for individual or group travellers who like something a little bit special. Unrivalled city location, opposite the castle in the heart of the West of Princes Street. We offer all divan sleeping arrangements. extremely spacious communal areas with large comfortable leather sofas, satellite TV and FREE WIFI throughout the property. Edinburgh City Hostel...
City Centre Hostel
"… is open for check ins between 12 Noon and 9pm. A late arrival fee of £5 is payable for arrivals after 9pm. Late check ins are by arrangement only so please contact us to make the necessary arrangements. A security Deposit of £20 per person is required for all group of 7+ persons Great facilities of the City Centre Hostel Kingsview include: All rooms en suite, Games Room, WIFI in all rooms, fantastic self catering facilities. Our...
Summer Hostels - Cowgate
"… 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 adjusted or cancelled without penalty 7 days prior to your check-in date. Please note that no changes can be made within 7 days...
Summer Hostels - Beaverbank
"… amenities include a public roof terrace, coin-operated laundry, and bicycle storage. Free internet is available in each room, but please note that it is wired (ethernet cords are provided). Check out the rooms and surrounding location on Youtube by visiting the link below! http://bit.ly/17hyFgj 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....
Summer Hostels - Meadowcourt
"… reception, but please notify 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...
"… be part of a worlds first! Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 10:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes included. There is a £10 key and linen deposit on check in. This is refunded upon their return when checking out. Breakfast not included. No curfew....
The Old Schoolhouse Hostel Apartments
"… 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 private apartments. **NEW - APRIL 2011 - FOLLOWING CUSTOMER FEEDBACK ** We have now fitted Mechanical locks to all Rooms and Dorms for added security. The Old Schoolhouse, formerly a childrens School , is a very...
"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...
City Centre Tourist Hostel
"Poor, avoid it - I booked a four bed place for four people in Edinburgh. I called the manager twice prior to my arrival to check whether we were getting the right room (the last call was on Friday night -- around ten hours before our arrival) as we did not want to share it with other people. When we arrived it turned out we were suposed to share our room with two other people and when I saw them and amount of alcohol they purchased I felt...
"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...
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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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