Ballater Hostel, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

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Comfortable hostel sleeping 20 in the Cairngorms National Park, ideal for families and outdoor activity groups

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Ballater Hostel, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, sleeps 2-20 in 7 bedrooms.

Ballater Hostel is a 29 bed (sleeps 32) self-catering hostel situated in the centre of Ballater, near Balmoral, on the east side of the Cairngorms National Park, North East Scotland.

Guests can either book the whole hostel, a room or just a bed, with no minimum stay.

Open to both individuals and groups (large or small), Ballater Hostel is perfect for mountaineering, hill walking and cycling groups, family gatherings, a place to celebrate your last Munro, Christmas dos, university groups, a place just to get away from it all.

Perfectly situated for exploring the Cairngorms National Park with a multitude of walks right on the doorstep – from high level Munros to low level forests. You can cycle, climb, geocache, ski (I’d wait for some snow first), taste whisky, visit a castle, go fishing, horse riding, play golf – there is so much here it’s impossible to list it all.

Ballater Hostel has two traditional dormitories, both of which can be used on a sole use basis, and five private rooms (including one that is accessible). All are en-suite and every bed has a personal power point and reading light.

There is a large open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area with a wood burning stove, two very large comfy sofas and tables and benches for dining, able to seat 24 or up to 32 with the addition of an extra trestle table.

A drying room and cycle storage is also available, along with laundry facilities (washing machine and tumble dryer).

Excellent facilities and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you – the kettle is always on (literally – we have a hot water urn).


Fully equipped self-catering kitchen, including oven, fridge, freezer, toaster, microwave, crockery/cutlery, saucepans, herbs/spices/oil.
Two large tables with 4 benches. An extra trestle table is available for larger groups. 24 can eat comfortably together, or 32 with trestle table.
Two extra-large sofas (the kind you can really lie out on!) and bean bags. Open plan, with wood burner.
Large flat screen television and DVD player in lounge. TV in each private room.
Free WiFi available throughout. Mobile reception excellent outside (not inside - thick walls).
There is no games room but we do have a cupboard full of board games, free for all to use.
Eco-friendly underfloor heating throughout building. Blankets in all bedrooms. Box of hot water bottles available. Wood burning stove in living room.
Upstairs: 8 bed dorm – 4 bunks; 6 bed dorm – 2 bunks, 2 singles; 4 private rooms – king bed & 1 bunk / 4 singles Downstairs: 1 private room – 1 bunk.
All bed linen provided. Towels can be hired for £1.
Upstairs rooms have en suite shower, toilet separate. Downstairs room has en suite shower and toilet combined. There is also extra toilet downstairs.
Downstairs bedroom is an accessible bedroom.
One travel cot available free of charge.
Bike storage and outside tap and hose available for cleaning equipment.
There is no swimming pool.
Unfortunately we have no dedicated parking. However, it is possible to pull up to unload and there is ample free parking available in the village.
In accordance with the law there is no smoking permitted anywhere within the property.
Sorry, Ballater Hostel does not accept pets.


Located in the Cairngorms National Park. Accessed from the South (Perth), North (Inverness) or East (Aberdeen). Accessible by bus (bus stop in village).
Banchory town is a 40 minute drive but you should find everything you need in Ballater.
Co-op, butchers, bakers, fish n chip shop, Chinese takeaway, Indian restaurants, pubs, restaurants, charity shop, cafes (at least 5), newsagents, deli – all within a 5 minute walk.
Nearest pub is opposite us - 10 second walk! Next nearest is 45 second walk...

Booking Information

Please note unless you Book Every Bed the hostel closes to all guests 10am-4pm.
Check in from 5pm, check out by 10am.
No minimum stay.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

Bridge Square
AB35 5QJ
United Kingdom
Aberdeen, 1 hour drive.
Ballater, 3 min walk.
Aberdeen, 1 hour drive.

Late Deals

October 2020 Late Deals

Lots of availability throughout Oct - weeks 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-31. King room £22 for 1 person, £42 for 2 people. Every room is en suite & has tea station. So much hiking & biking in the area.

Rental Rates

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Whole Hostel, 1 night, any night (not just midweek)
Private Room, per room, prices start at...
Bed in Shared Mixed Dorm

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Ballater Hostel, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Dominique and Daniel

Joined us: 2017
+44 (0)1339 753 752
Bridge Square
AB35 5QJ
United Kingdom