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

Call Reception on 0131 557 3984


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 470-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.


  • Beds & Rooms:

  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

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

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

    From the bus station (St Andrews Square) turn left onto Princes Street then first right onto Northbridge. At the 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 roundabout and straight ahead up the Mound, at the junction go left, then at crossroads left again going down the Royal Mile. Cross at the traffic lights at Northbridge and Blackfriars St is second on the right. From the 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.
  • Walks:

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This accommodation is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee, is a Green Business Award Winner and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the page of accommodation near Castles, the Scottish National Trail and the City, Backpacker and Boutique Hostels map.

It has availability at Spring Bank Holiday and Whitsun Half Term, Autumn Half Term, Christmas, May Bank Holiday, Easter, February Half Term and August Bank Holiday.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
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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High Street Hostel

October 15th 2011

High Street Hostel is located just off the High Street in the old town area of Edinburgh and claims to be the city’s oldest hostel. When you enter the solid and prominent building you are greeted by a large, warm and homely lounge area, furnished with sofas, table and chairs.

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Zip through Edinburgh’s old town on two wheels

February 19th 2020

What better way to take in Edinburgh? High Street Hostel has bike storage so you can fly over the cobbled streets and soak up the culture of this wonderful place.

A more traditional backpackers hostel. Expect lively communal rooms and friendly banter. Right in the center of Edinburgh, just a 10 minute walk from Waverley train station. A perfect location for city explorers wanting to see Edinburgh’s many attractions. Perhaps the Scottish National Portrait Gallery takes your fancy, maybe Edinburgh castle or you could just want to go round many of the great eating and drinking spots in the city. Anything is possible. Especially when you stay at a hostel right in the thick of it!… Just make sure to remember your bike lock.

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Warming up in Edinburgh

June 27th 2019

The sun is shining and it’s officially “Taps-Aff” weather here in Scotland. We still have a few beds open this weekend as well as events every night with our sister hostel, Castle Rock Hostel

Come enjoy the good weather and good craic this weekend as summer officially arrives in the city! You can join our legendary pub crawl on Thursday, £5 comedy on Friday and Beer Pong on Saturday to make sure you leave Edinburgh with more than just a few photos.


Winter at High Street Hostel.

January 10th 2019

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

High Street Hostel in Edinburgh, looks like a lot of fun. It’s website is funky and welcoming.

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. 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 winter months warming itself with a drink or too.

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

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