Ballater Hostel, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

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Comfortable hostel sleeping up to 28 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 1-28 in 6 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. 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 four private rooms. All are en suite and have comfortable beds, personal power points and reading lights. Guests can either book the whole hostel, a room or just a bed, with no minimum stay.

There is a large open plan kitchen/dining/communal area with a wood burning stove, comfy sofas and tables and benches for dining.

A drying room and cycle storage is also available, along with laundry facilities.

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. 20 can eat comfortably together.
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 rooms.
Free WiFi available downstairs. Mobile reception excellent outside (not inside - thick walls).
There is no games room.
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 and 2 singles, 3 private rooms – king bed and 1 bunk. 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.
Two travel cots available free of charge. High chair also available.
Bike storage and outside tap and hose 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, 1 min walk.
Aberdeen, 1 hour drive.

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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