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1. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 7y

My brother and I will be in Edinburgh, Scotland from 23 July through 13 August and our (free) lodging arrangements just fell apart this morning. I'm in a panic mode at this point! I am unemployed and my brother is a freelance artist, so our budget is extremely limited.

Does anyone know of a SUPER cheap place to stay during this period? I am trying to find a place through couchsurfing.org, but that will most likely mean we will have to move every 3-4 days. Hoping to avoid that.

Any suggestions are welcome!
Thanks,
Joy

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Hi Joy

I stayed at Argyle backpackers and it was lovely. It's a short walk from the city centre.

3. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 7y

Thanks for the info. I checked out the link, and while it looks great it's above what we can afford. We have about 350 Pounds for lodging for the whole 3 week period. As you can see, we were really, really, really counting on the free lodging we had lined up.

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Sorry to be a killjoy - but the only way you're gonna get by with £350 for three weeks sleeping in Scotland, is with a tent on a campsite. Even the cheapest hostels in Scotland will rid you of £350 in well under 2 weeks.
There are no trespass laws to speak of in Scotland - so you could risk camping unofficially too, for free.
But hostels for 3 weeks, with just that tiddly amount.... Nah.

5. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 7y

Redpaddy, I'm sure we'll end up camping if we don't find anyone to couchsurf with. I know it's a ridiculously low amount to pay for lodging, but it's all we've got. So this is a fine mess we've gotten ourselves into! Thanks for the reality check.

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

So sorry. It's happened to me under different circumstances in the past and I know how difficult it can be.
I wish you the best of luck. Scotland is just an incredibly beautiful country - and it would be tragic to have a bad time while there on holiday.
I hope you can sort things out - and that you still have a great holiday.

7. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 7y

Just wanted to share the fact that our crisis is no longer... well, a crisis. We have secured free lodging in Edinburgh. It's a long story how, but we're beyond relieved that everything has worked out. Moral of the story: don't purchase non-refundable airline tickets if you don't have enough money to pay for a place to stay. You'd think a grown 44 year old woman would have the common sense to know that. I plead temporary insanity (excitement of being able to visit Scotland!)