High Street Hostel

(Morton House; Regent Morton's House)

Providing backpacker accommodation in central Edinburgh, the High Street Hostel is of historical interest as Morton House, built in 1564 by James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton and Regent of Scotland (c.1516-81). Occupying a site on the west side of Blackfriars Street, in the Old Town, the house was originally of four floors but was raised by a further storey in the 17th century. The former stair-tower at the north end of the building contains the ogee-pedimented entranceway, with an ornately carved shield, supported by unicorns, above.

The High Street Hostel opened in 1985, the first independent youth hostel in Edinburgh. It offers year-round accommodation in two and four-bedded rooms and dormitories with up to eighteen beds, and includes a lounge and self-catering kitchen.

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