In December I found myself looking for a holiday somewhere in the UK. I didn’t have enough money to go overseas and so it seemed like a sensible choice, more so when there is already loads to see right here in Edinburgh. Many of my friends suggested either Scotland or Ireland as great places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. After a bit of research my mind was set on one of the most famous NYE party destinations in Scotland, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. So the next step as usual was to find cheap accommodation in Edinburgh.
I did some research on TripAdvisor, as a good traveller, trying to find the cheapest hostel and Castle Rock Hostel seemed like the best option to go for. Not only was It was cheap and just 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre, but it was a CASTLE! Need I say more? The decision was made right there and then. Scored a pretty good deal with 3 night Hogmanay package as well – around £200 (this included the New Year’s Eve Street Pass – awesome).
Reception of Castle Rock hostel Edinburgh Scotland
The room I stayed in had 14 beds, and the upper bunk of my bed was called ‘Love Hate’ (yes, all beds and rooms have names – how great is that!).
I was thrilled from the beginning, because as we all know, backpackers are the most friendly, happy bunch of people you will ever meet. So as a solo traveller I instantly made 14 new friends to spend Hogmanay with.
We definitely enjoyed the free pub crawl on the night we arrived. 🙂
The boring part – Directions
From the bus station at St Andrews Square head down to Princes Street (the main shopping street in Edinburgh) and turn right onto Princes Street and then turn left (there’s an art gallery on the corner there) and go up the Mound. At the top turn right at Deacon Brodies Pub onto the Lawnmarket on the Royal Mile and then at the roundabout turn left down Johnston Terrace – we’re down there on the left hand side.
From the railway station take the Market Street exit, turn right onto Market Street and walk up the hill and at the top turn left onto North Bank Street. At the top turn right onto the Lawnmarket on the Royal Mile and then at the roundabout turn left down Johnston Terrace and we’re down there on the left hand side.
From the airport take bus 100 (costs £3.50) into the city centre and get off at Waverley Bridge (the last stop). From there walk down the hill and turn right onto Market Street, walk up the hill and at the top turn left onto North Bank Street. At the top turn right at Deacon Brodies Pub onto the Lawnmarket on the Royal Mile and then at the roundabout turn left down Johnston Terrace – we’re down there on the left hand side.
The cool stuff
Free Wi-Fi (brilliant), breakfast is around £0.80 per cereal bowl and you have a pool table in the common room. Free coffee and tea plus a really posh fireplace in the Posh Lounge (as you do!).
You can also find pillows to sit on with Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and Audrey Hepburn upstairs in the common room.
If you ever find yourself in Edinburgh I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
- Located 5 min walk to the city centre
- Nice living rooms (common spaces)
- Good place to meet other travellers
- Nice staff
- It's a youth hostel
- Rooms are basic