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What is Haggis and Where to try it in Edinburgh?

DATE : May 21, 2019

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A trip to Edinburgh isn’t complete without trying Haggis. It’s Scotlands 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 not tried it. But the reality is that Haggis is a delicious meal that everyone should try […]

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How to Pick the Right Hostel for You

DATE : April 3, 2019

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Choosing the right 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 the thing […]

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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 Around Europe in one Piece

DATE : February 21, 2019

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Article and photos by our wonderful receptionist Lee John Whittington Travelling can be a daunting, but hugely rewarding experience. The best thing about travelling around 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, histories, and people. […]

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Outdoor spaces in Edinburgh- our top 5.

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, 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. Discover […]

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How to get to The Highlands from Edinburgh.

DATE : February 20, 2019

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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 highlands of Scotland have grown in popularity thanks to their representation in television shows such as Outlander as well as access to previously unreachable areas becoming easier every […]

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Hitchhiking in Scotland- A 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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Top Photo Opportunities in the Heart of Edinburgh

DATE : March 29, 2018

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Edinburgh is a photographer’s dream. From streets full of colourful buildings and equally colourful residents, to beautiful panoramic views. However, with such a range of subjects a photographer can be spoiled for choice. So, we have compiled this list of our favourite locations to take photographs-all within walking distance of our hostel. These are all […]

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The Best Short Day Trips from Edinburgh.

DATE : January 30, 2018

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There are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh and the city has so much to see and do,  mostly within walking distance of Haystack Hostel. But once you’ve done all of this, you may be keen to take a one of the short trips from Edinburgh that we suggest here. Linlithgow The first of […]

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The Ultimate List of Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

DATE : January 28, 2018

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Edinburgh is full of beautiful and interesting things to see and do. But, we understand that when travelling on a budget, the last thing you want to do is pay for expensive attractions. Fortunately, there are plenty of free things to do in Edinburgh. The problem is finding them. Wouldn’t it be perfect if some […]

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