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Vibrant, cosy, friendly - your shared home in the heart of the city.

Smack bang in the middle of town, you can’t get closer to the action than Royal Mile Backpackers. Our comfortable accommodation looks over Edinburgh’s most iconic street – with attractions, bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs on your doorstep.

Join us for backpackers’ events 7 days a week, from lively Pub Crawls to traditional Scottish dancing. We accept travellers aged 18+ to book with us for an exciting, energetic stay.

Edinburgh's most exciting backpacker accommodation!

Hang out in our homey common areas

Making friends is easy – with two lounges and a shared kitchen there is always something happening that you can get involved with. Meet travellers from around the world or kick back with a book and free board games.

Explore the best of Edinburgh's nightlife with nightly events

Every night you can join your fellow backpackers and our group of friendly volunteers as we take you on a new adventure in Edinburgh’s Old Town. From a crawl around the city’s coolest bars, to live music, traditional Scottish dancing and more!

Get to know the city with our passionate, friendly staff

Our receptionists have seen every nook and cranny of the city we live in – and we absolutely adore it! We can’t wait to show you more of Scotland, so feel free to ask our receptionists for help with organising walking tours, day trips, or just something interesting to do for the day.

Our Events

Something to do every night of the week!

Please Note: Our events will not be held during dates affected by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2nd-26th August 2024)

Our Common Spaces

We’re proud that our common spaces are an inclusive, friendly and welcoming place to hang out, make new friends and soak up the hostel atmosphere.

About us

Royal Mile Backpackers is at the heart of the Old Town, and since the 90s we’ve been building amazing relationships with bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs around the city to give our guests discounts and recommendations to get the very best out of our home town.

We are proud to be a part of Scotland’s Top Hostels, offering award winning hostels across Edinburgh and the Highlands. Our friendly staff can help arrange stays at our other hostels across the beautiful towns and landscapes in Scotland.

We are owned by Macbackpackers and we also offer exciting, breathtaking tours of the Highlands departing from Edinburgh throughout the week. As a guest, you would be entitled to exclusive offers, so don’t hesitate to book today!

Our Dormitories

Our rooms are bright, spacious, and comfortable places to catch your forty winks. For a little bit of fun, they’re also all named after Films and TV series.