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Edinburgh Itinerary: A Locals Guide To Visiting Edinburgh.

DATE : July 4, 2019

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We are often asked to create an Edinburgh itinerary for our guests. As we live and work in Edinburgh, we jump at the opportunity to talk about the best places to see during your time here. The city simply has so much to offer! You truly need a lifetime to really explore and understand the […]

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Edinburgh Airport To Edinburgh City Center.

DATE : June 20, 2019

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How to get from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh city center is one of the most common questions we get asked by our guests. Edinburgh’s only airport is located just outside of the city, near the Ingleston area, just under 6 miles west of the City Center. Despite its relative closeness to Edinburgh in comparison to […]

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The Best Place To Eat Haggis in Edinburgh.

DATE : May 21, 2019

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We are often asked by our guests where the best place is for Haggis in Edinburgh. Indeed, a trip to Edinburgh isn’t complete without trying it. It’s Scotland’s National dish, after all, and whilst we find it extremely tasty, it inspires a sense of wonder and disgust in everyone who has heard of it, but […]

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How to Find a Good Hostel.

DATE : April 3, 2019

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Trying to find a good hostel can be tough. Where you stay during your trip away can be so much more than just a place to stay for the night. In fact, sometimes, the hostel that you stay in can be the thing that makes your trip most memorable. Indeed, other times, it can be […]

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11 Of The Best Live Music Bars to Visit in Edinburgh

DATE : March 20, 2019

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When visiting a new city, there’s nothing better than listening to some live music with a local beer and new friends you’ve met on your travels. There is an abundance of live music bars in Edinburgh to choose from. So much so, its difficult to know where to begin. To make it easier, we have […]

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7 of the Best Traditional Pubs in Edinburgh

DATE : February 22, 2019

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Visiting a traditional Scottish pub is a must during your stay in Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a huge variety of pubs, from fancy cocktail bars, to lively student bars. However, to really get a true experience of Edinburgh the best place to start is a traditional pub. With so many options, it’s difficult to know where […]

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Backpacking Through Europe. The Ultimate Guide.

DATE : February 21, 2019

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Backpacking through Europe is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. However, we know that travelling can be incredible daunting. The best thing about travelling through Europe is that you don’t have to go far from place to place to learn about, meet, and take part in, vastly different customs, culture, architecture, climates, […]

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The Best Parks and Outdoor Spaces to Visit in Edinburgh.

DATE : February 21, 2019

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Being Scotland’s capital and home to over 480,00 people, you may expect Edinburgh to be an urban sprawl. However, Edinburgh is pretty unique in its abundance of outdoor spaces, parks, beaches and natural landscapes interspersed throughout the city. All of these outdoor spaces are easy to get to and mostly within walking distance of Edinburgh. […]

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Getting From Edinburgh To The Highlands.

DATE : February 20, 2019

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Travelling from Edinburgh to the highlands is extremely popular. Indeed, one of the most frequently asked questions we receive here at Haystack Hostel is “How do I get to the highlands?” Over the last few years the Scotland has grown in popularity thanks to their representation in television shows such as Outlander as well as […]

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The Ultimate List of Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

DATE : January 28, 2018

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One of the great things about Edinburgh is the amount of free things to do! After all, when travelling on a budget, the last thing you want to do is pay for expensive attractions. The problem is finding these free activities. Wouldn’t it be perfect if some friendly person created a list? Well that is […]

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Hitchhiking in Scotland. The Ultimate Guide.

DATE : May 9, 2018

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There are plenty of ways to get to the highlands. But perhaps one of the most interesting and cheapest way to travel, hitchhiking in Scotland is a lot easier than you would think. Some would say hitchhiking in Scotland has come to an end. Recent polls suggest only 9% of Scots would stop for a […]

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