Welcome to High Street Hostel

Edinburgh’s most famous hostel,
situated in the historic Old Town

Telephone: +44 (0)131 557 3984

Email: highstreethostel@scotlandstophostels.com

High Street Hostel
8 Blackfriars Street

Dorms (Up to 18 beds) - From £10.00
Dorms (Up to 12 beds) - From £12.00
Twins - From £20
Quads - From £14

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As Edinburgh’s original independent hostel, we’ve been helping backpackers enjoy Scotland since 1985. Offering affordable accommodation right in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh, we’re just a few minutes walk from Waverley Train Station.

Our historic 470 year old building was originally known as Morton House and belonged to the 4th Earl of Morton who was beheaded in 1581 for his involvement in the murder of Mary Queen of Scots’ husband! In the present day however, our guests can enjoy our large common room, fully equipped kitchen, clean comfortable rooms and free WI-FI. Just step out of our front door to experience all the history and culture which Scotland’s capital city has to offer.

Rooms are cleaned daily and each bed comes with bed linen and is equipped with a locker for security and peace of mind. Our foyer lounge has free WI-FI so you can stay connected to your friends and family. Whereas our large main lounge is a perfect place to chill out, relax, meet other travellers, and play pool & other games. The nearby shops offer everything you may need so you can show off your cooking skills (or maybe lack thereof) in our fully equipped self-catering kitchen. You’ll also receive great discounts on food and drinks at some of Edinburgh’s best local pubs.

Our friendly staff can offer you some great advice on what to see and do and where to eat and drink. They can also arrange for you to make the most of your time while you are Scotland and book you on a MacBackpackers tour to the highlands.

Please note that our check-in time is 2pm but guests are welcome to drop their bags off earlier and use the facilities the Hostel has to offer.

  • FREE Bed linen
  • FREE Thursday Pub crawl
  • FREE Lockers with locks
  • FREE movie nights & popcorn
  • FREE Coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • FREE Hair dryers
  • FREE Electrical adaptors
  • FREE Wi-FI in every room
  • FREE Book exchange
  • FREE Maps and Advice
  • Towel rental for £0.50
  • Laundry service for £4.00
  • Local food and drink discounts
  • Breakfast for £1.90
  • Kitchen use and fridge space
  • No curfew Luggage and bike storage
  • Minutes walk from the bus and train

We also have two other hostels in the Old Town of Edinburgh; the small & friendly Royal Mile Backpackers and Castle Rock Hostel which has awesome views of Edinburgh Castle!

Just a few reminders;

Strictly no stag or hen parties.

You will need photographic ID to sign.

Please note if you are booking for more than 5 people you need to contact us directly before making the booking.

Be aware that if you book for a group without contacting us directly, your reservation will be cancelled and you will lose your 10% deposit.

If guests are under the age of 18 you must contact the hostel first for the manager’s approval.

Please note that our bathrooms are unisex [but with private cubicles of course].

Our cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to 10:30am on the day of arrival. No-shows will be charged the equivalent of two nights stay.