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What have you got planned this summer?

This season there is so much to see and do in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, and in our largest city Glasgow.

The world’s leading festival city – Edinburgh – will leave you spoilt for choice for things to do this summer. Whether you’re into music, dance, drama, arts, cabaret, books, or comedy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe has got it covered. The packed programme ticks all the boxes, offering festival goers a plethora of shows – brought to you by famous faces, as well as unknown artists and performers. Don’t miss out - the most popular shows sell out fast so get your tickets while you can! 

Credit: Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Whether this is your first Fringe experience, or you’re a festival regular and can’t keep away, you’re going to need somewhere to stay. Our youth hostels offer low-cost, quality accommodation for an unforgettable stay.

Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel opens for two months during the busy summer season. If you’re thinking of heading to the capital for the world’s biggest arts festival then give this a try. It’s in the perfect location, just a short walk from the Royal Mile, which is buzzing with activity and the focus of the festival atmosphere.

Accommodation at Edinburgh Metro is in single rooms, within private apartments of four, five and six rooms. Each apartment has shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, with reception open 24 hours a day. With rooms starting from just £26 per night, this hostel is great value, and is ideal for groups or individuals visiting the city.

Rooms are available to book from: 13 July – 27 August 2018 (inclusive)

The hostel is close to: The Royal Mile, Grassmarket, The Scottish Parliament

Popular Fringe venues nearby: Underbelly (venue 61) & The Pleasance (venue 33)

Dates for the diary

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: 13 July – 22 July

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 3 August – 27 August

Edinburgh International Book Festival: 10 August – 26 August

So, what about Glasgow?

Voted one of the friendliest cities in the world, Glasgow is full of energy, and is a complete delight. It has the best music scene in Scotland, with special venues like Barrowland Ballroom and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, offering not only gig-goers but also performers, a completely unique experience. Actress Scarlett Johannson even hung out at Sauchiehall Street bar and gig venue Nice N Sleazy when she was in town to shoot hit film Under The Skin. Bigger venues such as Glasgow SECC and The SSE Hydro attract some of the biggest names in music, from Beyonce and Iron Maiden.

Credit: European Championships Glasgow 2018

Glasgow is the place to go for sports this summer, with the European Championships taking place there from Wednesday, 1 August to Sunday, 12 August. If you’re interested in aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon then this exciting new multi-sport event is for you!

Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel opens from late June to the end of August in the Glasgow School of Art’s Margaret Macdonald House, minutes from Glasgow city centre.

This hostel has 107 single bedrooms, almost half of which are ensuite. All rooms have access to a simple self-catering kitchen and benefit from free WiFi. With rooms starting from just £19 per night, Glasgow Metro is a popular choice for visitors looking for an affordable place to stay in one of Europe’s most vibrant destinations.

Rooms are available to book from: 29 June – 1 September 2018 (inclusive)

The hostel is close to: George Square, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Finnieston

Popular with: Groups, families, summer school students, backpackers

Dates for the diary

Glasgow Comic Con: Saturday, 30 June

TRNSMT: Friday, 29 June – Sunday, 1 July & Friday, 6 July to Sunday, 8 July

Merchant City Festival: Thursday, 2 August – Sunday, 12 August

To book a hostel stay in Edinburgh or Glasgow click the book now button below to be taken to the hostel listing page

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Alternatively you could email our Central Reservations team, or call: +44 (01786) 891400.