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

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Scottish City Hostels: Backpackers hostel in Edinburgh

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.


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  • 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 Land's End to John O Groats on foot Castles and Coasts Route Great North Trail Scottish National Trail
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2023 Available New Year 2023 / 2024 Available February Half Term 2024 Available Easter 2024 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2024 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


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
9Best Price Guarantee


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If you want to have the best time in Edinburgh, read this

April 29th 2023

The Castle Rock Hostel is a true gem among the many accommodation options in Edinburgh. With over 200 beds, it offers many different private and dorm rooms to fit your needs. The hostel is decorated like a castle, complete with medieval decorations and furnishings. What’s more, the hostel’s prime location means that you can see Edinburgh Castle from your window! There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the city’s rich history than by staying in a hostel that evokes the spirit of Edinburgh’s past. This incredible hostel is located in the heart of Edinburgh and offers an unforgettable experience that combines medieval charm with modern amenities.

But the Castle Rock Hostel isn’t just about the decor – it’s also about the amazing perks that come with staying here. One of the best things about the hostel is that they give you a pass to the hostel with a list of local independent cafes, bars, and restaurants where you can get deals on their food and drink just by showing your pass. This means that you can explore the local scene and enjoy great food and drink without breaking the bank.

The real highlight of the Castle Rock Hostel, however, is the events that they organise every night. Whether you’re in the mood for a comedy night, a ceilidh (a traditional Scottish dance party), or a bar crawl, there’s always something going on at the hostel. These events are the perfect way to have fun and meet new people from all walks of life. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, you’re sure to make some unforgettable memories at the Castle Rock Hostel.

In conclusion, if you want to have the best time in Edinburgh, you absolutely must stay at Castle Rock Hostel. With its unique medieval decor, prime location, and amazing perks like the pass to local cafes and bars, it’s the perfect home base for exploring all that this incredible city has to offer. And with the hostel’s nightly events, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time and make some new friends along the way. So don’t hesitate – book your stay at Castle Rock Hostel today and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Latest News

Stop off in Edinburgh during the Great North Trail

August 19th 2022

The Great North Trail, which starts in the Southern most part of the Peak District and ends in the most Northerly part of Scotland passes through many amazing places such as Edinburgh. If you are taking this amazing trail as a more leisurely pace, why not stop off in Castle Rock Hostel in Edinburgh? You can take in some of the amazing sights and experiences the city has to offer.

No need to even leave the safety of the hostel to admire Edinburgh Castle as views are available from the front door. It’s central location makes it the perfect base to explore Edinburgh before continuing with your journey into Scotland.

Edinburgh castle via the great north trail
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Edinburgh -The capital city of Scotland

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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