Hostels in Edinburgh : City Centre Hostel with ambience


High Street Hostel, 8 Blackfriars St., Edinburgh, EH1 1NE

The High Street Hostel has become a hugely popular destination for world travellers since opening in 1985 and is one of Europe’s best regarded and most atmospheric hostels.

Located just off the historic Royal Mile in a 400 year old building it is the perfect base for exploring all the city’s attractions and of course its wonderful nightlife.

Providing excellence in location, ambience and facilities, the hostel is highly recommended by more than ten of the world’s top backpacker travel guides.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Scottish Borders, Glasgow, Edinburgh and South Scotland and here is its own website.
High Street Hostel | Hostels in Edinburgh :  City Centre Hostel with ambience

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0131 557 3984

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Rooms & Beds:



All year. All day.

Price per night:

From £14 per person. ID required for check in.


Booking in advance not always crucial, 1 night's payment for booking.




From the bus station (St Andrews Square) turn left onto Princes Street then first right onto Northbridge. At top turn left onto the High Street on the Royal Mile and hostel is on Blackfriars St. on right. From railway station main exit turn left onto Waverley Bridge then right at the mini rounbdaout and straight ahead up the Mound, at the junction go left, then at cross roads left again going down the Royal Mile. Cross at the traffic lights at Northbridge and Blackfriars St is second on the right. From airport take bus 100 to last stop, Waverley Bridge and follow as above.

Public Transport:

Only a 5/10 minute walk from Edinburgh bus station or Waverley train station. Taxis cost between £3-£5 from each. The airport bus also stops outside the train station on the last stop so it is very easy to get to the hostel.

This accommodation is available to individuals, has a pub within walking distance and is on the City, Backpacker and Boutique Hostels map.

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High Street Hostel

High Street Hostel

As good as they say it is.

A mighty claim has arrived from High Street Hostel in Edinburgh: “The High Street Hostel has become a hugely popular destination for world travellers since opening in 1985 and is one of Europe’s best regarded and most atmospheric hostels.” Let’s just have a closer look at the veracity of this shall we…

“Hugely popular with world travellers”: Firstly – loads of people have left reviews for this hostel, nearly 500 on one site alone. Considering the ratio of reviews to silence, that shows a huge number of visitors. As far as world travellers go – that checks out too with visitors from Asia, America, Australia and Europe checking in. The photographs on their lively website and social media feed back this up too!

“Best regarded and most atmospheric” Overwhelmingly positive visitor reviews and recommendations left, right and centre from travel writers seem to say it is well regarded. What about atmospheric? From the engaging and vibrant website to the wacky mix of suits of armour and home-made murals, the atmosphere of the High Street Hostel is fun irreverent and yet somehow in keeping with Edinburgh’s historic legacy.

Why is all this true then? The location helps – it is right in the narrow streets and stone-built mansions of Edinburgh’s old town, close to The Royal Mile and all the attractions of Edinburgh. Check out Google maps and see all the blue-flagged locations nearby. But also the hospitality and good humour we’ve come to expect from Scotland. 

Autumn at High Street Hostel.

Autumn at High Street Hostel.

It looks like Edinburgh will be spending the Autumn warming itself with a drink or too.

High Street Hostel in Edinburgh, looks like a lot of fun. First of all, check out its website, which is the funkiest, most welcoming website I’ve ever seen.

The first page has a simple map of Edinburgh centre showing just how central it is, surrounded by a guide to the local sights. Perfect! I’ll bet there’s loads of backpacking visitors who’d welcome its jolly, useful simplicity. Further exploration shows us the interior. Simple, clean, bright and welcoming. Again: Perfect! Just what you’d be looking for in a city hostel. Digging further, we find a photo gallery showing all sorts of smiley faces – some of them painted as Halloween creatures. See – it looks like a lot of fun.

So while, we’re in the mood – let’s see what Edinburgh has to offer us, now that the kerfuffle of the festival season has died away. It looks like Edinburgh will be spending the Autumn warming itself with a drink or too. Edinburgh cocktail weekend. Edinburgh Gin festival. Edinburgh Oktoberfest. Blimey! Pass the paracetamol.

If Autumn in Edinburgh sounds like your cup of tea (or glass of gin) then check out High Street Hostel. It seems to fit the bill.

Experience the Bright Fire (Beltane) Festival in Edinburgh

Experience the Bright Fire (Beltane) Festival in Edinburgh

30th April 2017. Book your accommodation at High Street Hostel now

Around sundown on 30th April 2017, The Beltane Fire Festival will take place on Carlow Hill in Edinburgh.   A procession from the National Monument (the Acropolis) is driven by the beat of drums, at the procession head is the May Queen and the Green Man.  There is a performance and the birth of summer is signified by lighting a huge bonfire. Red and white dancers dance then mix with the audience as everyone drifts off into the night, some as late at 1.30am.  Experience this unique event and book yourself a comfy bed to return to at High Street Hostel.  High Street hostel is in a small street just off The Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Contact High Street Hostel:

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