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Edinburgh Hostels

Scotland’s Top Hostels has three Edinburgh Hostels to choose from; Castle Rock Hostel, located beside Edinburgh Castle, High Street Hostel, one of Edinburgh’s oldest Hostels, and Royal Mile Backpackers, located on the famous Royal Mile of Edinburgh.

All three Edinburgh Hostels offer breakfast, laundry facilities, knowledgeable receptionists, as well as events every night of the week. 

Royal Mile Backpackers

Royal Mile Backpackers

Royal Mile Backpackers is a centrally located Edinburgh hostel with a HUGE personality. It’s the perfect base for exploring Edinburgh! ...
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High Street Hostel

High Street Hostel

As Edinburgh’s original independent hostel, we’ve been helping backpackers enjoy Scotland since 1985. This Edinburgh Hostel is a must if ...
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Castle Rock Hostel

Castle Rock Hostel

Castle Rock Hostel is fabulously located right beside Edinburgh Castle! Our palatial Edinburgh hostel offers wonderful character, with a mix ...
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Reviews of our Edinburgh Hostels

Great hostel

Great hostel – the staff are helpful and friendly and the place is always clean. The kitchen is a great idea. In the rooms with 10 beds, it can be a bit noisy and busy.

Sarah Cleveland
Royal Mile Backpackers

Awesome hostel!

Awesome hostel! Prime location on Edinburgh with comfortable and spacious rooms. Each bed had an outlet and a light. The beds were spread out so I did not feel very cramped like I have in… Read more “Awesome hostel!”

Jody B
Castle Rock Hostel

You should stay here!

I stayed here for 4 nights. Excellent location, right in the heart of the city. 5 minute walk from the train station. On the main road in Edinburgh. Staff is super friendly. Gave lots of… Read more “You should stay here!”

Louise T
Royal Mile Backpackers

Nice small little place

Nice small little place at the edge of the city-center. Every room has a thematic .. my was “Gotham” it s mean that every bed has is own name like “robin” or “pinguin”, etc. You… Read more “Nice small little place”

Alain Crudenaire
Royal Mile Backpackers

brilliant find right in the heart of Edinburgh!

brilliant find right in the heart of Edinburgh! Thank you for honouring my requests even in a really busy time. these guys have set up a really good Hostel (having run one in Sydney I… Read more “brilliant find right in the heart of Edinburgh!”

Debi Carmi
High Street Hostel

Nice enough place and not too expensive.

Nice enough place and not too expensive. The location is great and the staff are helpful. The facilities are surprisingly good including cosy lounge and kitchen area. The rooms were pretty sparse but that is… Read more “Nice enough place and not too expensive.”

Kyle Johnson
High Street Hostel

Very beautiful and clean hostel

Very beautiful and clean hostel. Staffs are very kind and gentle. Location is very good.

Kuwano Yuta Kuwano Yuta
Royal Mile Backpackers

Excellent hostel in a really good location

Excellent hostel in a really good location, could walk to most attractions. Fully equipped and massive kitchen. Big common area. Breakfast was cheap and decent. Room was a little cramped. Didn’t have to wait for… Read more “Excellent hostel in a really good location”

High Street Hostel

Cozy and very bohemian.

Cozy and very bohemian. The staff was nice. The room and the bathroom were clean. The rooms are spacious, so the number of people isn’t much of a bother. Great location, you don’t lose time… Read more “Cozy and very bohemian.”

Lucía Blanco Blanco
High Street Hostel

Thoroughly enjoyed staying here

Thoroughly enjoyed staying here. Stayed for a total of three nights at different times in September of last year. Very clean and comfortable. The hosts are all friendly and trust worthy and it is safe… Read more “Thoroughly enjoyed staying here”

Janna Peterson
High Street Hostel

Optimal hostel experience!

When I’m travelling and staying in a hostel, I’m usually looking for somewhere safe, comfortable, convenient, and cheap; any creature comforts are nice add-ons. One of the best things hostels can provide, though, is a… Read more “Optimal hostel experience!”

Elise D
High Street Hostel

Castle Rock Hostel is one

Castle Rock Hostel is one of the greatest hostels I’ve ever stayed at. Built with a warm and historic aesthetic, the building is incredibly decorated, comforting, and clean. The hostel itself maintains a social vibe… Read more “Castle Rock Hostel is one”

Tori Blanchard
Castle Rock Hostel

Good social activities!

Good social activities! Good location. Beds and rooms are a little small, and the breakfast is just average. There was an unfortunate mix up with my check in, but the staff handled it extremely well!… Read more “Good social activities!”

Kristen Barber
Castle Rock Hostel

One of the best hostels I have ever stayed in.

One of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Great atmosphere. great location. Amazing space and very comfortable. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate for free. 😍

Gizele Magalhães
Castle Rock Hostel

Amazing staff very polite and extremely helpful

Amazing staff very polite and extremely helpful and make you feel very welcome .. Very tidy place with cheap good breakfast, great location for tours, shopping, eating, and night life. Every night a event to… Read more “Amazing staff very polite and extremely helpful”

Ambrose Hartman
Castle Rock Hostel

This was one of the best European hostels I went to!

This was one of the best European hostels I went to! It was a huge facility, themed rooms, wonderful 24/7 reception, great breakfast, perfect location.. overall I was so happy I stayed here!! Will absolutely… Read more “This was one of the best European hostels I went to!”

Kirsten Reid
Castle Rock Hostel

What I expected

Everything I needed for a vacation on a budget and in a perfect location. CUTEST little breakfast nook in the dining room. WiFi was good throughout the day, slowed down in the evenings when everyone… Read more “What I expected”

Melissa Y
High Street Hostel

Very friendly

Very friendly,clean,tidy,helpful great knowledge of the local area and events going on also central location great value for money.

Dharmapupil Myke
Royal Mile Backpackers

Absolutely wonderful place

Absolutely wonderful place. Basically the only reason not to stay here is if you’ve got a room in the actual castle, but assuming that you haven’t, this is the place to be. Lovely staff, big… Read more “Absolutely wonderful place”

Teagan Gosling
Castle Rock Hostel

quaint hostel centrally located

Royal mile backpackers is a quaint hostel centrally located on the Royal Mile. The location is perfect for touring the city. The staff were friendly and very helpful. Breakfast costs 2£ and is simple but… Read more “quaint hostel centrally located”

Sarah Bauer
Royal Mile Backpackers

Well decorated

Well decorated, great staff, comfy beds and everything you could need

Alasdair Hall
Royal Mile Backpackers

Cool hostel in the centre of Edinburgh. Loved it

Cool hostel in the centre of Edinburgh. Loved it. Relaxed atmosphere, pool table, decent internet and kitchen. Rooms were a little on the stuffy side without the windows ope but that is my only slight… Read more “Cool hostel in the centre of Edinburgh. Loved it”

Jack Roberts
High Street Hostel

The most fun place so far!

First of all – the room has got themes!! Me and my friends stayed in the Avengers room, and me, being the swede, of course got the bed Thor. It was so much fun sneaking… Read more “The most fun place so far!”

Castle Rock Hostel


It was a nice place to stay at, even the big rooms, like the 16 people I stayed in, had some privacy, and I was able to enjoy my stay instead of worrying about the… Read more “Mx”

Alen Ríos
Castle Rock Hostel

Best hostel I have ever stayed in

First off, great location. The Hostel is right next to the castle and the Royal Mile. It’s also next to some really good sit down places with great food. The hostel had great customer service… Read more “Best hostel I have ever stayed in”

Emily A
Castle Rock Hostel

First off, the location of the hostel is amazing.

First off, the location of the hostel is amazing. It’s right next to the castle and has some amazing views of the city. The employees are incredibly friendly and there are organized events most nights.… Read more “First off, the location of the hostel is amazing.”

Julia M
Castle Rock Hostel

Nice staff, big hostel.

Nice staff, big hostel. Rooms are a bit small, and toilets and shower maybe short, but in truth I only needed to wait once in 3 nights. Breakfast is £1,90 with fruit, cereals, toast with… Read more “Nice staff, big hostel.”

Adrián Salavera
High Street Hostel

Located near the Royal Mile, is in a central position

Located near the Royal Mile, is in a central position. Nice rooms, very friendly receptionists, kitchen available for everyone and full breakfast every morning at 1.90£. Showers are a bit small and could be better… Read more “Located near the Royal Mile, is in a central position”

Paolo Molteni
High Street Hostel

Nice people

Nice people, tidy and cozy place. Has fireplace, great for winter!

Lucas Baldo
Royal Mile Backpackers

Excellent staff

Excellent staff – one lady at the reception is really very polite and helpful – I am sorry I can’t remember her name. Clean rooms, very central location, good prices, I certainly recommend it to… Read more “Excellent staff”

leonidas lio
Royal Mile Backpackers

However for the location, friendly staff and low price it was worth it

Stayed during my UK trip. I was in the 8 bed dorm which was spacious and had two cosy sofa chairs in the room. Breakfast was only two pounds and you get cereal, milk, juice,… Read more “However for the location, friendly staff and low price it was worth it”

Sam N
Royal Mile Backpackers

Excellent Location

Excellent location! The rooms and the bathrooms are clean. The staff friendly and helpful. We didn’t like the fact that after the breakfast, we had to wash our dishes Some people were just pouring water… Read more “Excellent Location”

Kelly K
Castle Rock Hostel

Rooms are fantastic

Rooms are fantastic, showers are very good, and the staff was very helpful. I’d highly recommend this hostel! Each person gets a locker, you can rent a towel for 50 pence, and they offer a… Read more “Rooms are fantastic”

Sam Hicks
Royal Mile Backpackers

For sleeping very good

For sleeping very good. Price are normal. For extra charge breakfast like toast cereals juice. Coffee and tee are free. Disadvantahe i consider wc and toilet. But if you looking for cheap acommodation for sleeping… Read more “For sleeping very good”

Andrej Žiak Andrej Žiak
High Street Hostel

Located right on the royal mile.

Located right on the royal mile. No complaints, friendly staff, clean rooms/beds, clean toilets and showers. Laundry service also available for £4. Would recommend for anybody wanting to stay on the royal mile.

Anthony Lang
Royal Mile Backpackers

Can’t say much about the hostel except that it‘s the best one

Can’t say much about the hostel except that it‘s the best one we‘ve ever stayed in. We slept in a 8-bed-room and it was just as comfortable as a double room. Roommates were young an… Read more “Can’t say much about the hostel except that it‘s the best one”

Leo Stempfl
Royal Mile Backpackers

Amazing hostel

Amazing hostel. Nice environment, decent domitory, good shower and nice breakfast. The staff are warm-hearted and you can turn to them for any problems.

Peiran Shen
Royal Mile Backpackers

Perfect in every single way!

I booked this fairly last minute for New Years as I was late to the party, all my friends booked their accommodation earlier on. As all other reviews state, the location is just perfect. You… Read more “Perfect in every single way!”

Matt P
Royal Mile Backpackers

Great place

I loved my stay at the royal mile, the people there were kindly and everything was very clean, and plus, i did the bar crawl, following the advice of the hostel workers and it was… Read more “Great place”

Royal Mile Backpackers

An awesome hostel.

An awesome hostel. It offers an activity every day and the staff is really friendly. You can relax in the lounge or in the movie theater. The hostel offer free tea, coffee or hot chocolate.… Read more “An awesome hostel.”

Simon Bedard seguin
Castle Rock Hostel

Incredible value, especially because of the location!

The hostel has a great vibe and atmosphere. People working there were very friendly and made us feel at home. Everything is clean and the interior is actually really pretty. We loved the open kitchen.… Read more “Incredible value, especially because of the location!”

Tea B
High Street Hostel
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