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Cowgate Tourist Hostel

96 Cowgate


Located on the historic Cowgate Street, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's party and cultural district.

A hostel with a difference!
Our 170 bed hostel contains 12 individually lockable apartments all fully fitted with their own toilet, shower rooms and fully equipped kitchens. An apartment sleeps between 8 and 22 people in a combination of 4 and 6 bed dorms and twin or double rooms.

* Fully-equipped kitchens.
* Free WI-FI and internet access.
* Breakfast is not included
* A continental breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals can be arranged for an extra charge, please ask at time of booking
* Free tea and coffee in reception.
* No curfew! come and go as you please!
* We now have a new outdoor social area that can seat 180 people!
* CCTV installed.


  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Ironing board
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Utensils
  • Vending Machines



Traveler Reviews

“Never ever again!”

Rating: 1 Reviewed on September 17, 2019

You get what you pay for = this hostel is the worst of the bad! The room (and the entire floor) was smelly. The room was dirty and the bed was broken. I mean if you looked to hard on them they...

“Cowgate? No Way In Hell Gate!”

Rating: 1 Reviewed on September 16, 2019

I wouldn't recommend my worst enemy to spend a weekend at this hostel. The staff made me take out my card THREE times. Pay for the room, pay for the towels, pay for the keys. So services left a lot...

“Disappointing experience”

Rating: 2 Reviewed on September 12, 2019

Stayed here for just the one night (thankfully) . Check-in process was easy with welcoming and helpful staff. The bedrooms, showers and communal areas, however, are in desperate need of redecoration...


From Airport (by car)
Get on to Glasgow Road (A8) and continue straight following signs to the city centre.
When you reach the west end of Princes Street you'll see a department store called House of Fraser on your left. At the traffic lights opposite House of Fraser turn right onto Lothian Road.
Take your first left onto King's Stables Road.
Turn left at the junction onto the Grassmarket.
Continue straight along this road to the Cowgate.
Cowgate Tourist Hostel is on left of the street, opposite Three Sisters pub.

From Airport (by bus)
Get on the Airport Shuttle bus until it stops on 'Waverley Bridge'.
Then follow the directions below from Waverley train station.

From Waverley train station (on foot)
Come out of Waverley train station onto Princes Street.
Turn right and walk along Princes Street toward Balmoral Hotel.
Turn right at Balmoral Hotel onto North Bridge.
Walk towards Royal Mile/High Street.
Turn right at Bella Pasta on to Royal Mile/High Street.
Cross the street to Starbucks Coffee House and continue walking down hill along Blair Street at the bottom of the Blair Street turn right walk 200 meters and the Hostel will be on the right.Opposite Three Sisters pub.


Any cancellations must be made 2 days before your arrival or you may be charged for the night.

Please note that all group bookings that have children under the age of 16 must ensure they book entire dorm rooms or apartments for the groups private use!

Groups T&Cs:
1. You may cancel your booking up to 72hrs hours before arrival.(Does not apply to Groups). Please do so directly with the reception office at the Cowgate. If you wish to cancel by email then please do so at least 7 full days prior to your arrival.
2. All group bookings must be paid in full 28 days prior to arrival, any changes or cancellations must be done before this time.Payment will automatically taken from your credit card.
3. Deposits are never refunded.
4. In the event of a no-show without cancellation, we have the right to charge your credit card for the first night's stay where you have booked accommodation with us or for the full price of the tour or other non-accommodation travel service in accordance with your booking conditions.

Reception is open between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm.
If you are a GROUP and booking through the internet, please CALL US to make sure your whole group can be in the same room.
Check-out is 10:00am (you are welcome to store your luggage at reception).
There is a £20 room key deposit, this is refunded when you check out and return your key.