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An adventure beneath the mighty turrets and towers of Edinburgh Castle doesn't need to be pricy. In fact, you can find plenty of immersive hostels in Edinburgh that can reduce the cost of a trip to the Scottish capital, putting you right in the midst of the stone-paved Old Town and its haggis-touting taverns. No frills but downright fun, these stays typically offer dormitory sleeping arrangements, with six, eight and 12 beds in rooms the norm. On-site common spaces are places to meet and mingle with likeminded backpackers, while reception desks can often organise a whole host of fun activities – think whisky-tasting tours and ghost walks through the haunting Gothic streets. Hostels in Edinburgh's historic heart are also laced with an authentic local character, with stone-clad interior hallways and centuries-old façades.
Hostels huddle into the Old Town and the New Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – of Edinburgh in the company of medieval churches and Georgian rowhouses. You might be surprised to find your check-in lurks behind a gilded doorway that's carved with gargoyles and classical filigrees. Of course, the grand exteriors shouldn't affect the price, as hostels in Edinburgh remain some of the most affordable types of accommodation going in the enthralling capital. A versatile choice of stay, they can cater to all sorts. Whether you're a solo sightseer keen to put the Royal Mile right on the doorstep or a larger group attending the Fringe, the combination of multi-bed rooms, a vibrant atmosphere and low rates is sometimes just too good to miss.
Talking of atmosphere, there are some hostels in Edinburgh that are aimed squarely at the backpacking crowd. In those, lounges and communal kitchens are often abuzz with travel tales and chatter. You can look forward to evening cook-ups with fellow globetrotters or hit the on-site bar for frothy ales as the Scottish rugby team plays on the TV. Another reason to book cheap hostels in Edinburgh is the array of activities that's on offer. Head down to reception and ask for tips and you're likely to be greeted with all sorts of opportunities – think evening pub crawls, whiskey sampling sessions, haggis tasting, free walking tours and oodles, oodles more.
The name of St. Christopher's Inn Edinburgh is nothing short of legendary in the Scottish capital. Nestled smack bang in the heart of the city's Old Town, it puts cobbled streets and the iconic Royal Mile right on the doorstep. That said, you might want to hold off on trips to St Giles' Cathedral and photo stops at the Adam Smith Monument for a bit, because the inn's on-site bar is a lively little drinking hole where you can get acquainted with Scotch and meet a sightseeing compadre along the way. For proximity to the soaring citadel of Edinburgh Castle, the Castle Rock Hostel probably can't be beaten. The in-house tour service there also makes it easy to plan jaunts out to striking Stirling Castle, the beautiful Scottish Borders and Edinburgh Zoo.