Best Places for Backpackers in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Top 44 hostels in Edinburgh, Scotland.

These are the 44 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Aynetree Guest House

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Aynetree Guest House

Family run Victorian detached guest house, with FREE Wi-Fi and car park space available for each room, situated near the city centre. All rooms have en-suite except one which has a private large bathroom. The dining room has a coal fire which is used during chilly mornings..... All bedroom wind...
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Edinburgh Regency Guest House

97 /100

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Edinburgh Regency Guest House

This Victorian building is located in a highly desirable area of Merchiston, with Union Canal at the rear of the guest house. Edinburgh city centre and the castle are 1.5 miles away, and there is free Wi-Fi. There is an excellent bus service which operates from outside Edinburgh Regency Guest Hou...
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Castle Rock Hostel

96 /100

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Castle Rock Hostel

Castle Rock Hostel is fabulously located right beside Edinburgh Castle! Our palatial hostel offers wonderful character, with a mix of grandeur and a backpacker vibe! OVER 18's ONLY - NO CHILDREN ALLOWED HOGMANAY - ALL GUESTS BOOKED IN WITH US OVER HOGMANAY RECEIVE A FREE STREET PARTY TICKET UPO...
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Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First

95 /100

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Pollock Halls - Edinburgh First

Pollock Halls offers 2* accommodation in Edinburgh to suit every budget and purpose, whether you're coming to the city on holiday, for business or as part of a group visit. Pollock Halls is seasonal campus accommodation located at the foot of Holyrood Park, and offers safe & affordable bed and br...
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CoDE Pod Hostels - THE LoFT

95 /100

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CoDE Pod Hostels - THE LoFT

CoDE Pod Hostels - THE LoFT is a unique, boutique hostel on Rose street North lane, in the vibrant and beautiful city centre of Edinburgh. We are located within walking distance of most major sights and we are conveniently located on connections from and to the airport. The train and bus station a...
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Light House Hostel

93 /100

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Light House Hostel

The Light House is a truly unique place to stay - our bright young team will welcome you to our beautiful Georgian townhouse bursting with character and charm. We have created a fusion of contemporary living space with good old fashioned family hospitality. Our guests often say it's more like a fami...
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Kick Ass Hostels

93 /100

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Kick Ass Hostels

Voted BEST NEW HOSTEL UK 2015. AWESOME CITY CENTRE LOCATION… FREE WIFI throughout the hostel….FREE CITY TOUR….FREE DAILY BAR EVENTS/ENTERTAINMENT. FANTASTIC NEW PODS JUST LAUNCHED OVER 18'S ONLY NO CHILDREN ALLOWED. Proof of age required at check-in Our Luxury hostel opened in April 2014 and...
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Royal Mile Backpackers

92 /100

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Royal Mile Backpackers

Please note we accept over 18's only and only groups up to 4 people. We charge all non-refundable bookings within 24 hours for the full amount. Smack, bang in the middle of town, you won't find a better location than the Royal Mile! In our small and friendly hostel with an open plan kitchen an...
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High Street Hostel

91 /100

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High Street Hostel

Please note NO under 18's allowed in the hostel. Welcome to the heart of Edinburgh. Relax, as a result of recent refurbishments we can assure guests of FREE HOSTEL WIDE WIFI and personal POWER POINTS WITH USB and BEDLIGHTS next to EVERY bed. Thrive in the backpackers atmosphere and meet peo...
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10
Budget Backpackers

90 /100

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Budget Backpackers

IMPORTANT : NO GUESTS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD. Proof of age is required at check-in. AWESOME CITY CENTRE LOCATION....Free wifi..Free city tour….Free Daily Bar Events/Entertainment. Guests of Budget Backpackers get to use, free of charge all the facilities of our New Kick Ass sister Hostel only 2 min...
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11
Argyle Backpackers

90 /100

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Argyle Backpackers

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN AND READ *THINGS TO NOTE* BEFORE BOOKING WITH US Bursting with character and exceeding standards for over 25 years! Argyle Backpackers is ideal for a stay in Edinburgh Hostel reception hours are 9 - 22 hours, check-in time is 2pm - 9pm. Late arrival is possible ONLY by e...
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12
The Baxter

90 /100

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The Baxter

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...
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13
Blossom

89 /100

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Blossom

Attractively situated within the select Edinburgh district of Newington, less than one mile from the City Center and on a main bus route, Blossom House is a traditional stone-built Edinburgh town house where the finest of Victorian features have been carefully combined with the latest amenities to p...
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Edinburgh Festival Camping

89 /100

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Edinburgh Festival Camping

Edinburgh Festival Camping, the only dedicated campsite for the Edinburgh festivals, is due to open again on 2nd August 2018. Run by Campingninja, specialists in temporary campsite, Edinburgh Festival Camping offers wonderful community atmosphere, quality tented accommodation and great on-site facil...
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Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

88 /100

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Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

Five star VisitScotland accredited hostel accommodation in the city centre, close to major transport links and ideally positioned for exploring Scotland's capital. Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel is a popular choice for individual travellers, backpackers, families and groups travelling on a budg...
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Safestay Edinburgh

87 /100

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Safestay Edinburgh

Stay with us at Safestay Edinburgh, located minutes from the historic Royal Mile, right in the heart of the city! We’re a five star hostel, all rooms are en-suite with bed linen provided. Our reception is open 24 hrs, there’s no curfew and free WIFI runs throughout the building. Bar 50 is popula...
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Grosvenor Gardens

87 /100

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Grosvenor Gardens

The Grosvenor Gardens Hotel offers a warm and professional welcome to both tourist and business visitors. In a city renowned for its Georgian and Victorian architecture this attractive Edinburgh Hotel provides Scottish accommodation and lodgings of the highest standard. The hotel has a friendly...
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CityLiveIn

86 /100

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CityLiveIn

CityLivein offers the very best in affordable accommodation in Edinburgh during the peak months of July and August. Offering a wide range of cost effective accommodation. CityLivein is the ideal choice for both business and leisure purposes whether your stay is for short or long term use. Edinburgh...
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Edinburgh Backpackers

86 /100

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Edinburgh Backpackers

The Edinburgh Backpackers Hostel has 4 separate buildings comprising of a variety of dormitories and private rooms, in the very best location in Edinburgh! We pride ourselves on our friendly and helpful attitude and are always on hand to give recommendations of our favourite attractions, historical...
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Haystack Hostel

86 /100

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Haystack Hostel

Haystack Hostel is perfectly located right in the centre of the city, between Edinburgh Old Town and New Town, and within a five minute walk to both the train and bus stations. Our staff are the friendliest in town, and we pride ourselves on having excellent knowledge of the local bars, restaurants,...
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The Westend Hostel

85 /100

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The Westend Hostel

The West End Hotel is located in a B-listed Victorian townhouse only 15-minutes walk from the West End of Princes Street, the perfect base to relax yet within easy reach of all that Edinburgh has to offer. We offer simple, quality accommodation for guests that want to make the most of their time...
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Destiny Student - Brae House

84 /100

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Destiny Student - Brae House

Destiny Student - Brae House is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's vibrant cultural district, just a few minutes walk away from The Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace and Arthur's Seat as well as Edinburgh University. This purpose built student campus accommodation offers comfortable accommodation for a...
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St Christopher

83 /100

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St Christopher's Edinburgh

When visiting the medieval Scottish capital, there’s no better place to base yourself than in the heart of Edinburgh. Tucked away in the centre of the medieval Old Town, our hostel is just a stroll away from countless incredible attractions like Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Galleries and...
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Belford Hostel

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Belford Hostel

Centrally located in Edinburgh's West End near the ancient and beautiful Dean Village and Water of Leith. Belford Hostel is a unique and lively converted church. Our dormitory accommodation is located within the old church hall complete with stained glass windows! Dorm sizes range from 2-10. It's...
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Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls

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Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls

It's not easy to find budget friendly accommodation in Edinburgh, especially during the busy Festival period, but at Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls we can offer you just that. Located just a 5 minute walk from the Royal Mile (High Street) in the centre of the world-famous Edinburgh's Old Town, our...
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Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel

82 /100

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Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel

Located in the vibrant Cowgate area of Edinburgh, minutes from the famous Royal Mile, Grassmarket, Scottish Parliament and popular Festival venues. Edinburgh Metro is open for six weeks July through to August every summer, offering guests comfortable private apartments of 4, 5 and 6 single rooms...
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Park View House Hotel

81 /100

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Park View House Hotel

Our Hotel was built in 1860 as a detached, Victorian, elegant family home. This warm and welcoming 3-Star non-smoking establishment has been transformed into 17- En-suite bedrooms. A selection of Double, Twin, Triple, Family and Deluxe Family rooms, enabling us to accommodate everyone from single tr...
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Destiny Student - Murano

80 /100

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Destiny Student - Murano

Destiny Student - Murano is located on a quiet street just off Leith Walk with the city centre within easy walking distance. This purpose-built student campus accommodation offers guests a central base in Edinburgh to relax and socialize at an affordable rate. Destiny Student - Murano offers dou...
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Destiny Student - Shrubhill

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Destiny Student - Shrubhill

Destiny Student - Shrubhill is located just off Leith Walk close to Waverly Train Station, the Edinburgh Playhouse or the St. James Shopping Centre, this purpose-built student campus accommodation offers guests a central and affordable base in Edinburgh. Our modern designed common areas such as gam...
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Edinburgh House Hotel

80 /100

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Edinburgh House Hotel

The majority of the city's most popular attractions including the famous Castle ,Princes Street Gardens, Hollyrood Palace ,Botanic Gardens are easily accessible. Further on its location gives a choice for evening out to Cinemas ,Theatre or to few of the best night clubs of Edinburgh in its vicinity....
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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

75 /100

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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

*** WE ARE DELIGHTED TO HAVE BEEN GIVE AN AWARD FROM HOSTELWORLD.COM! FOR BEST IMPROVED HOSTEL 2015! *** Located on the historic Cowgate Street, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's party and cultural district. Between Holyrood house (the seat of the Scottish parliament) and Edinburgh Cast...
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The Hostel

74 /100

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The Hostel

At The Hostel we provide comfortable accommodation at great rates! We understand that whether travelling as a tourist, backpacker or getting away with friends, comfort and budget are high on the list of priorities - we provide that and more, in the most stylish and funky hostel in Edinburgh! Locate...
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Merith House Hotel

74 /100

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Merith House Hotel

The Merith House Hotel in Edinburgh overlooks the beautiful Leith Links Park (the first golf course). Bus stop just outside takes you to Princess Street (city centre) in 5 - 7 mins. We offer free street parking. All Rooms Have LCD TVs (over 50 channels), tea/coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi, Fr...
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Destiny Student - Cowgate

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Destiny Student - Cowgate

Destiny Student - Cowgate offers you the most central stay during your Summer in Edinburgh. It is located on Cowgate in the middle of Edinburgh's historic old town surrounded by many pubs, restaurants and boutiques. The building has an elevator, 24-hour reception, coin-operated laundry facilities. L...
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Princes Street Backpackers East

70 /100

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Princes Street Backpackers East

Princes Street East caters mainly for independent, international backpackers between the ages of eighteen and thirty. Bear in mind, however, that this is only the core group; any traveller (over 18) with a valid international passport and a desire to have a good time is welcome here! When we say...
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Syozant Drumdryan Central ApartHotel

51 /100

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Syozant Drumdryan Central ApartHotel

Syozant Drumdryan Central, an ideal base for family and friends visiting Edinburgh located in city centre close to all amenities and attractions with private entrance. Most of the city attractions can be easily reachable by walk. Also comes with fully equipped Kitchen with an 4-seater dining table....
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Adelphi Hotel

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Adelphi Hotel

Free public, on street parking is possible nearby and Princes Street’s shops and the bars and restaurants on George Street are a 5-minute drive away. Edinburgh Rail Station is a 25-minute bus journey away. We provide different types of room .En suite double and family room for 4 .We also have bud...
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Let

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Let's Edinburgh

Stay with friends or family in 5* luxury for hostel prices, in Edinburghs BEST CITY CENTRE LOCATION! Ideal location for all tourist attractions plus Edinburghs vibrant cafe culture, nightlife and shopping streets. These TWO bedroom- TWO bathroom apartments include private parking and a fully eq...
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Salisbury Court

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Salisbury Court

Salisbury Court is in an ideal location amidst the popular festival hub of Edinburgh. Many of the rooms have amazing views of the stunning Arthur’s seat and Holy-rood Park, as well as being close to the historic Royal Mile and a short walk from many festival venues.There is also a variety of local c...
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Syozant Lauriston Central ApartHotel

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Syozant Lauriston Central ApartHotel

Syozant Lauriston Central ApartHotel is an exceptionally spacious guesthouse situated in City Centre and can reach all major attractions by walk. We can address and help our guest during their visit in Edinburgh and make their holiday an pleasant journey. Space abounds in the city centre hotel fo...
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Syozant Morrison Central ApartHotel

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Syozant Morrison Central ApartHotel

Enjoy your stay in Ediburgh! We offer a 3 Bedroom spacious property located in City Center and close to both Haymarket and Waverly. we offer free WiFi throughout the property and we can address and help our guest during their visit in Edinburgh and make their holiday an pleasant journey. Most of the...
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Young Street Apartments by Reizand

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Young Street Apartments by Reizand

Young Street Apartments by Reizand are in a remarkable 18th Century building that has been renovated to the highest standards of modernity and comfort while keeping its original period features. This sophisticated accommodation is very close to George Street with its designer bars and shops and the...
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Culane House Hotel

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Culane House Hotel

The Culane Guest House Hotel is centrally located and is the perfect place to unwind and relax in Edinburgh. The Culane Guest House Hotel overlooks the Historic Leith Links Park where the original rules of golf were made. The Guest House is only 10 minutes journey to the City Centre by bus and withi...
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Edinburgh Playhouse Apartments

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Edinburgh Playhouse Apartments

Edinburgh Playhouse Apartments, stylish luxury apartments located in the city centre only a mile (1.6 km) from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and Princes Street. These light and modern spacious apartments have living/dining rooms with flat-screen TVs with Freeview channels and DVD players. The...
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