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Suggestions on Affordable Lodging in Edinburgh

I am planning a trip to Scotland to celebrate my 50th birthday in September. There is a possiblity that this may be a solo trip. Can anyone suggest some affordable B/B in Edinburgh, preferably close to Old Town? I wiill not have a car, and as I may be on my own, I don't want want a long commute to the main areas. I am looking for accomodations with private baths. Has anyone had experiences with the bigger Hostels in town? It looks as though they do have private rooms/baths? I truly just care about a safe, comfortable place.

I will also be spending time in Glasgow and Inverness, and if anyone can recommend good B/Bs in those cities, I'll take all the advice I can get!

But I'm especially concerned with Edinburgh, I know that is my most expensive city.

thanks so much!


Posted by
1829 posts

In Glasgow we have stayed in The Victoria House for about twenty-five nights. It is on Renfrew St. just past the Glasgow School of Art. The rates are reasonable for Glasgow and a good breakfast is included. We walk there from either Central Station, Queen Street Station or Buchanan Station. There are more hotels around the city center. The area of George Square would be another place to look.

We spent four days in Inverness at one of the fine old hotels next to the Ness River but I can't remember the name of it. It sits next to the Episcopal Church. We just dropped in and they found room for us. That was in October.

Our time in Edinburgh was on day trips over from Glasgow on the train. The train runs every hour, or did then, and if you buy your ticket after 9AM and after 6PM the rates are less expensive.

Posted by
4998 posts

On our first trip years ago, we stayed at an excellent B&B off of Dalkeith Road, where Rick Steves has recommendations. We just showed up at one of his recommended B&B's (this was before mobile phones) and they were full, but suggested the place 3 doors down, who had rooms with private baths. Although Dalkeith isn't right in the old-town center, it's really a quick bus ride to the Royal Mile and other sights. You can get a daily bus pass, or just pay by the ride.

This past summer, we got an apartment right on the Royal Mile, which was really the way to go, but we rented it for a whole week. If you're going to be in Edinburgh for less time, a B&B may be more affordable. Happy 50th, in advance!

Posted by
2515 posts

There are numerous B&B's Guest houses and small hotels in the south side of Edinburgh, the area Minto street, Mayfield place, Craigmiller park (all one long street )is a real hot spot for them,further point is about 2 miles form the city center.The bus service in Edinburgh is superb and you would never have to wait more than 10 minutes in the day time to get a bus into the center a day ticket for unlimited use on the buses is only £3.50.
Dalkieth Road has been mentioned and that runs parrallel to the street i mention and has quite a number of properties.
this link will give you lots of options , look for post codes EH9 and EH16.
There are numerous budget hotel in the city , and some of them have been mentioned so worth looking at them.
The website i listed should also be useful for Inverness and glasgow.

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7908 posts

My daughter and I stayed at this guesthouse in Edinburgh and loved it. Our room looked out onto Arthur's Seat, the hostess was extremely helpful and friendly and we were about a 10 min. walk from the Royal Mile. The rooms are all done in period style and the breakfasts were wonderful. Price was very affordable.