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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 my favourite hostel ever! I only intended staying for a few nights while visiting this awesome city. I ended up living there for over three months! everyone is friendly, staff are great, facilities are excellent. As a traveler this place is like my second home. I'm definitely going back!" … "This is honestly one of the best hostels I've stayed in during the three-plus years I've been backpacking! It has great facilities,...
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 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!" … "… be very quiet when returning after midnight, this is to ensure other guests who are sleeping are not disturbed. Please be aware there are different booking conditions for August and New Year due to the Fringe and Hogmanay...
"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!" … "Really clean, quiet, relaxed, good...
Malone's Old Town Hostel
"… 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 on from Live Music,...
Art House Hostel
"… Station; around £18 from Edinburgh Airport. From St Andrews Square Coach 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 the coach station, walk down North St Andrew Street to York Place and look for the west-bound bus stop for 10, 11, 15, 16 which will take you to Tollcross. From Waverley Rail...
"… Wi-Fi, self cater kitchen, Tv/movies/board games, free bed linen, free 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 for all rooms, 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...
West Port Pads
"… and 24 hour access at fantastic budget prices. Our apartments consist of 2-bed and 4-bed rooms, kitchen and bathrooms. It's the perfect home away from home location for individual travellers who don't mind to share, or groups who can take advantage of having their own room, or depending on group size, their own flat! Guests are provided with bedding and linen for all rooms, so all have you have to bring is yourself! And maybe...
Allgirlz Hostel (Female Only)
"… and enjoy travel conversations with fellow travellers 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...
Kick Ass Hostels
"… and power point. 24hrs Reception, No curfew. Security electronic swipe cards for all rooms, CCTV throughout and security passes issue to all our guests. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel, Internet access, Free city tour, Free pub crawls, Free bed linen, Free in-room lockers, Free tourist info and Free luggage storage if you arrive before check-in starts. Keep it Clean: All rooms are cleaned every day. Our bathrooms and...
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...
Summer Hostels - Beaverbank
"… flat w/ 4 bedrooms for up to 8 guests - 5-bedroom flat: private flat w/ 5 bedrooms for up to 10 guests - 6-bedroom flat: private flat w/ 6 bedrooms for up to 12 guests 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 3 days prior to your check-in date. Please note that no changes can be made within 3 days of your...
City Centre Hostel
"… book tours or get advice on where to go in Edinburgh and what to do. City Centre Hostel can accommodate individuals or groups. Each of our adjoining Hostel apartments which can be rented individually or as a group has either 2 Triple sized Bedrooms (which can also be booked as Twin or Double Rooms) or 2 x 4 Bed Rooms. Groups of 4+ have the option of booking both rooms and having exclusive use of the apartment. Please note:...
Summer Hostels - Meadowcourt
"… Each flat has free wireless internet (unfortunately, we cannot guarantee compatibility with all wireless devices), coin-operated laundry facilities, kitchen, and common living room where you'll have a chance to mingle with the other festival-goers. For those travelling by car, parking is available for 10 a day. Check-out time is 11am. We have 24-hour reception, but please notify us in advance if you have a late check-in after...
The Old Schoolhouse Hostel Apartments
"… 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 minute walk from the world renowned Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. There are few better locations to explore the historic old town of Edinburgh with all its cafes, bars, shops...
Bus Station Backpackers Edinburgh Hostel
"Brilliant little city centre hostel - This is a very small city centre hostel of around about twenty beds. The staff were very friendly and gave me a brilliant low down of what to do and see in the city centre area. As it was my first time in edinburgh and I was traveling alone, it was great for me that the staff led most of the hostel out on a pub crawl on the nights that i was there. I got to meet loads of people there from all over the...
"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." … "… from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Edinburgh Hostel: From station leave by the Waverley steps exit to Princes Street. Turn right and walk east along past the...
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...
Art House Central Hostel
"… 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 and...
"Not as anticipated - We were provided a sheet upon check in which stated that the apartment building had an elevator, which was perfect since our room was on the third floor and we had large suitcases and my mom was traveling with us. When we arrived at the apartment, there was no elevator and the management made no attempt to return our phone calls. The washing machine/dry combo was a joke -- eight hours to wash and dry two pairs of jeans....
"… a short walk from our Cowgate location and a five minute walk to Edinburgh Castle, Lothian Road Cinemas, as well as George IV Bridge. The pedestrian friendly streets are host to artisan boutiques, restaurants and pubs, including The Last Drop Inn, site of the last public hanging in Edinburgh's history. Stylishly furnished, the self catering flats of Portsburgh Square feature a fully stocked kitchen, laundry machine, a large...
Lets Edinburgh - Private Apartments
"… to our five 6 person apartments, and is therefore only suitable to be rented on its own - rather than with one of our 6 person apartments. Individual luxury for hostel prices - your perfect combination! We sincerely hope you can stay with us this year. The privilege will be all ours. These bright, light and spacious luxury apartments, available for self catering rental - really stand out from the crowd. Luxury accommodation at...
Unite 4 - Chalmers Street
"Clean and functional - Had a clean and functional apartment with private bathroom. Location was good with major sights in walking distance and a great park to hang out just outside the door." … "… to all the city festival locations. Chalmers St has a selection of ensuite rooms and Shared bathrooms available in 3-5 bedroom flats. These are suitable for people visiting alone or in groups. Your room consists of a small...
Lady Nicolson Court
"… Plus, you also get a flat screen TV, some studios even have their own balcony. In-room Internet access, linen and towels are included in the price. Double en-suites are studio apartments with kitchen area and en-suite bathroom, small double bed and all your own space. Property Features include, 24/7 Onsite Team Wired Internet in each room Flat Screen Television Secure Door Entry CCTV Please note that if the remaining balance is...
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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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