Budget Backpackers

37-39 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland  views

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Please note that guests at our hostel must be at least 18 years of age. Proof of age is required at check-in.

Awesome location....free wifi..free city tour..free pub crawls

We’re in an awesome location, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Edinburgh Castle, right in the heart of the famous Grassmarket area. We’re also just five-to-10 minutes’ walk from the bus and train stations and the famous Haggis Tour routes. It’s no wonder our four-star hostel was voted the No.1 hostel in Scotland for February 2012.

Our facilities include free Wi-Fi, Internet access, a free city tour, free pub crawls, free bed linen, free in-room lockers, free tourist info and free luggage storage if you arrive before check-in starts.

We have an all-new, kick-ass cafe and bar with great-value meals available.

Reception is open 24hrs and there’s no curfew. Security is also great, with electronic swipe cards for all rooms, CCTV throughout and security passes issue to all our guests.

Our funky designer rooms were designed for your maximum comfort, with private bed lights and free lockers for every bed. There’s no crowded rooms here – our dorms are spacious.

We keep it clean – all of our rooms are cleaned every day. Our bathrooms and kitchens are also constantly kept clean. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness.

Our friendly staff are the best; they are friendly and will tell you all the best places to go – and more importantly, where not to go!

We have very modern facilities, with a large self-catering kitchen and hot showers. There’s also a treehouse chill-out room.

Our motto is 'live life to the full', and we mean it. So what are you waiting for?!

Please note that we do not permit stag or hen parties.


  • 24 Hour Reception 
  • 24 Hour Security 
  • Adaptors 
  • Bar 
  • Board games 
  • Cafe 
  • Card Phones 
  • Common Room 
  • DVD's 
  • Fax Service 
  • Free City Maps 
  • Free Internet Access 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Games Room 
  • Hairdryers 
  • Hot Showers 
  • Internet Access 
  • Jobs Board 
  • Key Card Access 
  • Kitchen 
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Linen Included 
  • Lockers 
  • Luggage Storage 
  • Meals available 
  • Mini-Supermarket 
  • PlayStation 
  • Pool Table 
  • Reading Light 
  • Restaurant 
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities 
  • Tours/Travel Desk 
  • Towels for hire 
  • Vending Machines 
  • Washing machine 
  • Wheelchair Accessible 
  • Wii 


From the Airport:
Get the Airport Bus (No 100) to Waverly Train Station and then follow directions as below.

From Waverly Train Station:
We are about a 10-minute walk from Waverley Train Station.
Exit the station at Waverley bridge (the other exit from the train station is onto Princes St). Now, facing the castle, go left on Waverley Bridge and walk to the end, where there is a small mini-roundabout. Turn right here onto Market Street and walk up the hill to the end. Then turn left onto Bank Street; follow this road around and up to the traffic lights. Continue through the lights onto George 1V Bridge then turn right at Victoria Street. Walk down to the bottom of this street and then turn left. You can't miss us. We are on the corner of Candlemaker Row.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if you have any further queries. Our contact information will be in your booking confirmation email.