A June 2003 trip
to Edinburgh by modernist
Quote: I had a 24-hour stay over on my way to Kirkwall, Scotland. Here are a few tips on how to get from airport to the city and a hostel review.
The bus is Airlink and it is right outside the terminal. Edinburgh airport is pretty small so you just have to stop and ask anyone.
If you want to leave your suitcases at the airport, you can do so for £3 per bag. It took me about 15 minutes to check the bags, which was a bit slow, but I was glad I did that as if you staying in the castle area, the hills are monstrous.
I stayed in the Brodie Youth Hostel. The Airlink bus comes to its final stop at Waverley Bridge. The bus will turn around, so it is headed back in the direction of the airport. Once you are off the bust turn left, then go up the street that curves to the left. This will be a three- to five-minute walk up the hill, I was glad I checked my heavy bag at the airport. This road will curve to the right and meet at the top of the hill with High Street or otherwise known as the Royal mile. Turn left and you will be going down hill. Brodie's Youth hostel will be on your right hand side [at 12 High Street].
The youth hostel is very nice one. Don't expect a lot of privacy though. All the rooms are co-ed bunk bed type rooms. The room I was in was called the Whiskey. There were about 10 bunk beds in the room. The hostel did not have any lockers. But I did not feel particularly worried that someone would take my stuff. But they did have small lockers you could rent but they were very small. They did have free internet access however, the sign up list was usually very long. The hostel also had a kitchen in which you could buy food and cook it. It was a fairly clean environment. The lounge area was nice and it gave you a chance to talk to other travelers. The shower room had four individual showers, but once again was a communal area, so the lack of privacy might be difficult for some. But then again, for £13 [it is £12.50 in cash, 50 p for credit cards. Yes, they do take credit cards.]. I sacrificed some privacy.
The hostel doors locks up after midnight, but you can put a £5 deposit to get the access card.
The noise level was a bit high, but I was jetlagged and really exhausted so I slept through most of it.
Here is the contact info for the hostel
BRODIES - Edinburgh's Finest Wee Hostel
Address: Brodies, 12 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TB, SCOTLAND
This is what they sent in email in terms of check-in times:
"Reception is open from 7am until midnight, so you can check in at anytime. If
your beds are not ready after the previous guests (usually around 2-3pm),
then you are welcome to leave your bags with us and go explore the city