Hello Edinburgh! The beautiful capital of Scotland is one of those magical places that needs to be visited at least once. The buzzing city is full of culture, history and charm. Honestly, it’s hard not to fall in love with the scenic Old Town, home to the famous castle and other amazing medieval buildings. Once you’ve embraced the history and culture of Edinburgh you can stroll into the New Town to hit up the stylish shops and restaurants. The capital also has a reputation for being a great night out, so why not sample the local whiskey and test out your Highland dancing skills to the sound of the bagpipes! When you wake up (when you wake up) yeah I know you wanna be, you wanna be… in a hostel that is right for you. Don’t walk 500 miles into the city, there’s plenty of amazing options in top locations. Our roundup of the best hostels in Edinburgh should help you choose.
Just off the Royal mile, Castle Rock Hostel is a destination in its own right, with many of the dorms allowing guests to wake up to a view of Edinburgh Castle. This funky hostel is packed full of quirky art work, cosy corners and a grand piano if the mood strikes you! Boasting a large kitchen and multiple lounges, Castle Rock is perfect for socialising. Friendly staff offer great advice and their highly praised walking tours and pub crawls are a guest favourite. The location is rated 9.9 and for those environmentally conscious out their Castle Rock is carbon neutral!
Address: 15 Johnston Terrrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW
If you’re down to party, look no further than this place. The onsite bar is one of the most popular hang outs for backpackers and pints go for just £2! This hostel’s Grassmarket location puts you right in the action, but what sets this hostel apart is the expertly designed, trendy interior. From little huts in the bar to sleek dorms, private shower pods and your own night light, this hostel has thought of everything. The large, onsite vintage inspired café is a great place to relax and hang out before hitting the town.
Address: 2 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2JA
Belford Hostel is set in a converted church in Edinburgh’s West End. Stain-glass windows in the hostel common room create an authentic vibe and cosy bay windows in some rooms are perfect for an afternoon reading break. You can’t go wrong with Belford’s outside BBQ area, exclusive to guests and a great place to meet fellow travellers. Location wise, it’s very near Haymarket station, allowing you to explore the rest of Edinburgh. It’s also conveniently in walking distance of the beautiful, ancient Dean Village and Water of Leith.
Address: 6-8 Douglas Gardens, Edinburgh EH4 3DA
If you want to be in the heart of Edinburgh look no further than High Street Hostel. Located on Blackfriars street, just off the Royal Mile, you can walk to the Castle, the Sottish Parliament and plenty of museums. The staff make this place what it is, so don’t hesitate to grill them for tips over a game of pool. Don’t let the 470 year-old building fool you, power points and head lights are by every bed and 24/7 hot showers are at your disposal! The chilled atmosphere is what this place in known for and the free teas, coffees and hot choccy are just an added treat!
Address: 8-18 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NE
The Baxter Hostel is a luxury boutique hostel with a unique style and character. Handmade furniture, a customised kitchen and a chilled out lounge area provide a charming space for backpackers. It’s in a great location, just two minutes from Waverley station and a 10 minute walk to the Old Town. All bunks have their own charging cube and the free brekky is a great way to meet new people. If in need of a late night tipple, a nice pub is just on the corner and a supermarket is walking distance for any supplies.
Address: 5 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA
Hidden just behind Edinburgh’s main shopping centre, this little gem ticks all the boxes. As you can see the trendy pod designed bunks maximise space without compromising on privacy. The listed red brick building adds a touch of history, whilst cool communal areas and a free breakfast are an added bonus to this modern take on hostel living. It is conveniently located within walking distance of all the major sites and airport transfer routes to allow you to explore the rest of Scotland. If you’re looking for an extra splurge why not try their penthouse apartment, with private bathroom and your very own roof terrace!
Address: 50 Rose St N Ln, Edinburgh EH2 2NE
St Christoper’s is ideal for the solo traveller. The Belushi bar and restaurant onsite is a perfect place for you to meet any fellow nomads. Located opposite Waverley Station and just off the Royal Mile, you will be well on your way to discovering the city. The bar creates a lively atmosphere where mingling is definitely encouraged and 25% off at the onsite restaurant makes the stay even sweeter. Other perks include a flat screen TV in the large chill out lounge, free laundry services and of course free WIFI!
Address: 9-13 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE
Edinburgh Backpackers is a reliable home a way from home for anyone looking to walk 500 miles through this enchanting city. Perched on Edinburgh’s funkiest street, its super close to transport links and a range of shops, record stores, cafés, pubs and clubs, so you can check in and then check out the best Edinburgh has to offer. With this central location, super friendly staff, cosy bunks and travellers from around the world, we can bet you’ll be extending your Edinburgh adventures to stay here a while longer.
Have you stayed in any of the best hostels in Edinburgh? What did you make of the Scottish capital? Let us know in the comments.