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Five minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Station and less than 10 minutes from Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile Backpackers enjoys a central location surrounded by bars, cafés and restaurants. The small and cosy hostel features free WiFi and knowledgeable staff to tell you about the Scottish capital and assist with tour bookings.

Mixed and female dormitories have bunk beds and lockers, and guests can make use of laundry services, hairdryers and adaptors. Luggage storage is available at the property. Bicycle storage is available at the High Street Hostel just across the road.

There is both a female-only and mixed bathroom with hot showers and toilets. The property's comfy lounge with fireplace is the perfect place to socialise.

You can buy a continental breakfast at Royal Mile Backpackers, and enjoy free tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The kitchen and dining area is open 24 hours a day, and you can make use of discount vouchers for local food retailers.

Close to the university, this hostel is a little over 10 minutes’ walk from the huge Holyrood Park, home of Arthur’s Seat. Grassmarket and Princes Street are both 6-8 minutes away.

This is our guests' favourite part of Edinburgh, according to independent reviews.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

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  • Is it quiet at night?

    We always try to keep the noise down in the hostel at night. However, we are right on the Royal Mile - Edinburgh's most famous and bustling street - and our super central location sometimes comes with a bit of street noise!


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    Answered on 14 August 2019
  • Hello I’m gonna travel from Spain & do the proper isolation first 2 weeks Are you okay about me coming for a foreign country and doing the quarantine?

    Hi there, unfortunately we're not equipped for people to do their 14 day quarantine in our hostel due to shared bathrooms and kitchen.


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    Answered on 27 September 2020
  • Hello, Trust you are keeping safe. I would be arriving Scotland on the 4th of October and in need of a temporary accommodation to self isolate, can I self isolate in your hotel during the 14days compulsory isolation period for people entering the UK? Do let me know if this is workable. Cheers Kels

    Hi there, unfortunately we're not equipped for people to do their 14 day quarantine in our hostel due to shared bathrooms and kitchen.


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    Answered on 27 September 2020
  • How many beds are in the mixed and female dorms

    There are 8 beds in our mixed dorms and 10 in our female dorm. We also have a basic 4 bed dorm for 4 people. All beds are bunk beds. In times of Covid19 we follow the government guidelines and every booking gets their own room.


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    Answered on 3 October 2020
  • hi please can I stay here with my daughter

    Hi, It depends on the age of your daughter. Unfortunately we do not accept anyone under 18 years old.


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    Answered on 27 October 2021
  • How much is towel and linen?

    All our beds are ready made up with fresh linen. You can rent a towel for 50 pence.


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    Asked about: Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room • Answered on 14 August 2019
  • Do you accept Stag parties?

    Sorry, we do not accept stag or hen parties.


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    Answered on 14 August 2020
  • Do you, or your Budget Backpackers, have any BASEMENT or GROUND floor room, for a long term ongoing stay, for a single 50+ female, for £140 weekly or less?

    Hi. We do not have this kind of accomodation in Royal Mile Backpackers. Try with our sister hostel, High Street Hostel or Castle Rock hostel.


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    Asked about: Bed in 10-Bed Female Dormitory Room • Answered on 1 November 2021
  • Can I use my own sleeping bag?

    Our beds are all ready-made up with fresh and clean sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers. For hygienic reasons we ask you not to use your own sleeping bag, please.


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    Answered on 25 October 2019
  • Do you offer luggage storage?

    We offer luggage storage on your arrival day before you can check into the room; and on your departure day after check-out time till 10pm . We don't offer any longterm luggage storage - sorry - our luggage room is just too small for that!


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    Answered on 25 October 2019
  • Do I need a lock for the lockers?

    You don't need to bring your own lock - in fact you wouldn't be able to attach it. Every set of key we give out also has a key for a locker right by your bed.


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    Answered on 4 December 2019
  • Can we book a whole dormitory for a group of friends?

    Hi, As long as your booking does not include more than 8 peoples and we have the availability for it. If you wish to book for a group, you better send us an email to be sure that we have availability and that you will all sleep in the same room.


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Property surroundings *
Guests loved walking around the neighbourhood!
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Located in the historic old town

Stay in the oldest part of Scotland's capital, where gas lamps light up elegant buildings and cobblestone streets. Nearby, the imposing Edinburgh Castle looms over the city.

What's nearby
  • Geoffrey Kiltmakers and Weavers
    0 miles
  • Museum of Childhood
    0 miles
  • City Art Centre
    0.1 miles
  • The City of Edinburgh Council
    0.1 miles
  • The Real Mary King's Close
    0.2 miles
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
    0.2 miles
  • St. Giles' Cathedral
    0.2 miles
  • Edinburgh Law School
    0.2 miles
  • Waterloo Place
    0.2 miles
Top attractions
  • National Museum of Scotland
    0.3 miles
  • Royal Mile
    0.3 miles
  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
    0.4 miles
  • Edinburgh Playhouse
    0.4 miles
  • University of Edinburgh
    0.5 miles
  • Edinburgh Castle
    0.6 miles
  • Arthurs Seat
    1 miles
  • Murrayfield Stadium
    2.1 miles
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
    2.2 miles
  • Edinburgh Zoo
    3.3 miles
Natural beauty
  • Mountain Arthur's Seat
    0.5 miles
Public transport
  • Train Edinburgh Waverley station
    0.2 miles
Closest airports
  • Edinburgh Airport
    6.9 miles
  • Dundee Airport
    35.3 miles
  • Glasgow Airport
    48.5 miles
How to get to Royal Mile Backpackers from Edinburgh Airport
    Taxi
    Public shuttle
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Facilities of Royal Mile Backpackers Great facilities! Review score, 8.4
Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen
Activities
  • Walking tours
Internet
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Parking
No parking available.
Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
  • Tour desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
General
  • Adult only
  • Minimarket on site
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • English
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Sustainable initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and environmentally friendly travel

House rules Royal Mile Backpackers takes special requests - add in the next step!

Check-in

17:00 - 23:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in

Check-out

01:00 - 10:00

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children are not allowed.

Cot and extra bed policies

There is no capacity for cots at this property.

There is no capacity for extra beds at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

Groups

When booking more than 4 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Maestro Mastercard Visa American Express Royal Mile Backpackers accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

If you plan to arrive outside reception hours, please inform the property in advance.

On arrival, a deposit of GBP 10 is required for the keys.

Please note that this property cannot accommodate stag or hen parties.

Please note that this property cannot accept groups of more than 4 people.

Luggage storage is available on the arrival day and departure day.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service operating hours.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Royal Mile Backpackers in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

FAQs about Royal Mile Backpackers

  • Royal Mile Backpackers is 550 yards from the centre of Edinburgh.

  • The prices at Royal Mile Backpackers may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Check-in at Royal Mile Backpackers is from 17:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Royal Mile Backpackers by:

    • Taxi 25min
    • Airport shuttle (public) 30min

  • Royal Mile Backpackers offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Walking tours