Royal Mile Backpackers, 105 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG

Call Receptionist on 0131 557 6120

Hostels in Scotland: Self-catering hostel in Edinburgh

Royal Mile Backpackers is a small and cosy hostel with its own special character! Perfectly located on the Royal Mile, the most famous street in Edinburgh, Royal Mile Backpackers is the ideal place to stay for the independent traveller. The comfortable beds and cosy common areas will make you feel at home, and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you make the most of your time in Edinburgh.

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 6.30am - 3am (24 hrs during August).
  • Price per night:

    From £10 per person. ID required for check in.
  • Booking:

    Booking not always essential. 1st night's payment required for booking.
  • Directions:

    From main bus station turn left onto Princes Street then take first right onto Northbridge. At the top turn left onto the High St. on the Royal Mile. From the train station take the Princes Street exit (up Waverley Steps), at the top go right then right again up Northbridge, then left at crossroads, the hostel is on the left side of the road and shares the stairs with Shamoli restaurant. From the airport take bus no.100 to the city centre, get off at Waverley Bridge. Walk away from Princes St. towards the roundabout, go over the roundabout onto Cockburn Street. At the top of Cockburn Street turn left onto the High St. on the Royal Mile. Cross traffic lights at Northbridge and the hostel is on the left side of the road and shares the stairs with Shamoli restaurant.
  • Public Transport :

    Only a 5/10 minute walk from both Edinburgh bus station and Waverley train station. A taxi costs between £3-£5 from each. The airport bus also stops outside the train station on the last stop so is very easy to get to the hostel.
  • Walks :

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

Available Autumn Half Term 2022 Available for Christmas 2022


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
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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Edinburgh’s calling

April 7th 2022

Stay at Royal Mile Backpackers on Edinburgh’s most famous street. Situated halfway between Edinburgh castle and Holyrood Palace in the centre of town you really are in a prime location.

The small cosy hostel allows you to visit the Scottish capital without breaking the bank.  If you’re looking to see the sights or enjoy the nightlife, Royal Mile Backpackers is the perfect place to do so.


Royal Mile Backpackers has re-opened

September 14th 2020

Every booking gets a room, a sink, a shower and a toilet cubicle to themselves. Everybody has access to our self-catering kitchen (with a schedule) and the cosy lounge with the fireplace, with social distancing of course. We offer an online check-in where you also have the option to link to the NHS track & trace. We have signage and hand sanitiser stations throughout the hostel and we clean and disinfect everything like mad. As we can only sell such a limited number of rooms people can only book 4 bed and 8 bed mixed dorms – as it’s sole occupancy anyway they are the same price.


Royal Mile Backpackers

February 20th 2019

Edinburgh…Royal Mile… you know what to expect!

Now, in January, after the excitements of Hogmanay, the staff at Royal Mile Backpackers are turning their thoughts to wards the International Arts festival, the festival fringe, the Edinburgh tattoo and the summer tourist season!

Its typical of the place. The urban Hostels tend to be livelier and more energetic than their country cousins and Royal Mile is no exception. You can tell from its name where it is: on the internationally famous Royal Mile – right in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town and social hub. It is ideally placed for transport links, for sightseeing as well as lively nights out – it even offers (among many other warm and welcoming touches), a free pub crawl on Thursdays!

So if you’re tempted by the thought of the Edinburgh festivities, I’d book early!

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