Castle Rock Hostel, 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW

Call Receptionist on 0131 225 9666


In a wonderful location, facing south with a sunny aspect and panoramic views over the city, Castle Rock Hostel is just steps away from the city centre with the historic Royal Mile, the busy pubs and late-late nightlife of the Grassmarket and Cowgate and of course the Castle.

Most of the rooms have no traffic noise, there are loads of great facilities, 24-hour reception and no curfew. With its beautiful and dramatic skyline, Edinburgh is truly one of the world's great cities. The cobbled streets of the Old Town lead past mysterious gothic buildings up to the magnificent castle. Below the castle's rocky pinnacle lies the New Town's 200-year-old Georgian splendour.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Scottish Borders, Glasgow, Edinburgh and South Scotland and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

  • Open:

    All year. Reception 24 hours.
  • Price per night:

    From £14 per person. ID required for check in.
  • Booking:

    Booking not always essential. First night's payment needed to book.
  • Directions:

    10 minutes' walk from Waverley train station, turn left out of the station and continue to small roundabout. Cross over and continue up Cockburn Street to the top. Turn right onto the Royal Mile and follow uphill towards the Castle. Take the left fork at the Hub (church) and the hostel is situated 200 yards on the left side of Johnston Terrace next to two red telephone boxes. By Car : follow signs for city centre towards the Castle turning onto Royal Mile uphill towards the Castle then left fork at the Hub onto Johnston Terrace.
  • Public Transport:

    10/20 minute walk from Waverley train station and Edinburgh bus station (taxis £3-£5). Airport bus goes to train station so it's easy to get to the hostel.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Scottish National Trail
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2021 Available for Christmas 2021 Available February Half Term 2022 Available Easter 2022 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
pClothes washing facilities
sComputer with internet
6Green Tourism Award: Bronze
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
0VisitScotland Quality Assured
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from Castle Rock Hostel

Castle Rock Hostel is excited to be welcoming Scottish tourists again from the 26th of April!

March 25th 2021

Our guests will still need to abide by strict COVID hygiene measures when staying with us, but we’re hoping this signals the beginning of the end of this crazy situation we’ve been living through for over a year. We can’t wait to see some new (masked) faces!

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Castle Rock Hostel in Edinburgh is Open !

August 28th 2020

It’s been a long time coming as we’ve been hard at work getting the hostel COVID ready. There are some new rules to work with but we are sure we can make your next visit to Edinburgh a great one!

There are some new rules and regulations to work with, but we hope we can make your next visit a great one!
If you’re looking to visit please take note of the following new rules:
– We only have room for 15 groups who will all have their own rooms. Space may be limited, so make sure to book early!
– Check in is from 17:00 each day
– Reception is only open from 07:00-11:00 and 17:00-23:00 each day, but if you arrive between these times please ring the doorbell and you’ll be allowed to drop off your luggage.
– Walk in reservations are unfortunately not allowed, please book ahead.
– Our onsite kitchen is closed to guests, so you’ll need to go out and enjoy some of Edinburgh’s cafés and restaurants for your meals. This is to help us keep you safe!
– We’ve installed hand sanitizer throughout the hostel and encourage you to use it as often as possible.
– The common areas will be a 1 metre social distancing area. Please don’t mix with other groups as we don’t want anyone getting sick.
– All our staff will be wearing masks in any common areas. They’re friendly but they’ve been told to give guests their space during this tough time.
– Cleaning shifts will be more regular and thorough than before with extra attention paid to touch points throughout the hostel
– All toilets and showers will be room-specific. Please only use the toilet or shower that you’ve been assigned.
– We won’t be running any event for the timebeing, but we can give you plenty of recommendations of things to check out in the city!
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Castle Rock Hostel in Edinburgh

April 11th 2019

A real sociable kind of place. With great facilites in the hostel and a great location just steps from the city centre with it’s busy pubs and nightlife.,

The hostel seems made for it, with room for more than 300 guests and great facilities and common areas. The location is fantastic with view to the castle from some rooms and common lounges nice if there’s one of the firework events on! Castle Rock Hostel is just steps away from the city centre with the historic Royal Mile, the busy pubs and late-late nightlife of the Grassmarket and Cowgate.
The hostel hosts many activities and is a very social environment. They organise trips out such as the walk up to Arthur’s Seat but also their regular Thursday pub crawl, Monday pub quiz as well as pool competitions and ceilidhs to keep you entertained. There are also Movie marathons in the Cinema Room. To say nothing of the beer pong, whatever that turns out to be!

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November 28th 2014

The capital city of Scotland. Steeped in a rich history, culture and of course lots and lots of whiskey. Edinburgh is without a doubt one of the most picturesque and interesting cities in United Kingdom, boasting a wide array of attractions and sites for anybody looking to explore this most wonderful of cities

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