Cairngorms, Moray & East Scotland: Bunkhouses, bothies & hostels

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There are many welcoming bunkhouses and hostels in East Scotland and the Cairngorms and along the Moray Coast. The locations of these are shown on the map above where clickable links take you to information and photos. The bunkhouses and hostels offer great value for money self-catering accommodation in these stunning locations. They are ideal for touring, with single nights’ stays welcome, making them a great way to explore the area or take in the linear routes such as the Moray Coast cycle trail or walk. For those wanting winter sports hostels, bunkhouses and bothies in the Cairngorms are a great choice.

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Findhorn Village Hostel

Located in the heart of the coastal village of Findhorn, on the Moray Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Findhorn Village Hostel is just a stone’s throw from a beautiful bay. A short walk from the hostel are the dunes and the Findhorn Foundation Eco Village. Extensive sandy beaches, great wildlife sites and the Speyside distilleries are within reach of the village. The Cairngorm mountains are under an hour’s drive. The hostel provides newly renovated self-catering accommodation in

Ardenbeg Bunkhouse

Part of the award-winning Craggan Outdoors activity centre, Ardenbeg offers good value self-catering accommodation across rooms of four, five, six & eight bunks, along with two well appointed kitchen / dining / common room areas, four bathrooms and a large private garden with BBQ, picnic tables & a children’s play area. The property is situated on a quiet residential street in Grantown-on-Spey, the historic capital of Strathspey. As well as the wide range of outdoor activities on offer through

Gulabin Lodge

Gulabin Lodge is beautifully situated in the heart of Glenshee at the foot of Beinn Gulabin and is the nearest accommodation to the Glenshee ski slopes. The lodge offers excellent accommodation for individuals, families and groups, has under-floor heating throughout and two cosy lounges with log fires for those colder months. All rooms have been tastefully decorated with some rooms having mezzanine platforms which are ideal for families. Based on site at the lodge there are many activities

Jessie Macs

In the centre of Birnam just 10 minutes’ walk from Dunkeld, this refurbished Victorian manse has 7 bedrooms and offers a mix of self-catering hostel and bed & breakfast accommodation. Tucked away in the forests of Perthshire the village of Birnam is a perfect base to discover the mountains, waters, rich culture and heritage of Big Tree Country. GTBS Gold award winning Jessie Mac’s has private doubles, bunk rooms and family rooms, all en suite, offering a warm welcome and

Rattray Head Eco-hostel

Rattray Head Eco-Hostel is a former lighthouse shore station among huge dunes on an isolated 11 mile long sandy beach. Come and relax in this gorgeous most easterly part of mainland Scotland, and enjoy one of its driest, sunniest, midge-free areas. The 1892 granite building has been renovated to form a modern, non-smoking, dog-friendly coastal retreat with self-catering kitchens, bunkrooms, and double and family bedrooms. The North Sea Cycle Route (Sustrans 1) is 17 miles inland and passes through historic

Habitat @ Ballater

Habitat hostel is a five star self-catering hostel situated in the centre of Ballater, near Balmoral, on the east side of the Cairngorms National Park. The bunk and private rooms, all en suite, offer great accommodation for groups, families and independent travellers. Either book the whole hostel, a room or just a bed. No minimum stay. Large open plan kitchen/dining/communal area with wood burning stove. Drying room and cycle storage available. Excellent facilities, comfortable beds and a friendly welcome. A

Slochd Mhor Lodge

Slochd Mhor Lodge is perfectly situated in spectacular Strathspey in the Cairngorms National Park, halfway between the villages of Carrbridge and Tomatin. The Lodge is on an ‘off road’ section of the No 7 Sustrans cycle route, surrounded by hills and forests. This is perfect walking country and in winter there are nordic ski trails from the doorstep. Slochd Mhor Lodge offers a genuine welcome in warm cosy surroundings with full central heating. Fully equipped kitchen and a spacious dining

Pitlochry Backpackers Hotel

Located right in the centre of beautiful Pitlochry, this friendly and comfortable hostel is an old Victorian hotel literally bursting with character and providing dorms and private rooms (with en suite). Comfy beds come with fitted sheets, duvets and 2 fluffy pillows and private rooms have fresh towels included. If you are visiting Pitlochry to enjoy the vast array of outdoor activities or simply want to get away from it all and relax, the hostel has everything you need

Prosen Hostel

Glenprosen is the most intimate of the Angus Glens on the southernmost edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Two Munros, the Mayar and Driesh link Glenprosen to the Cairngorms plateau. The Minister’s Path leads over to Glen Clova, whilst a footbridge and path along the prettiest stretch of the river Prosen connect to Glenisla and the Cateran Trail in Perthshire. Prosen Hostel was converted from the old primary school to provide accommodation for those using the upgraded East Cairngorms footpath

Cullen Harbour Hostel

Cullen Harbour Hostel’s special location on the shores of the Moray Firth offers guests a relaxing break with the sound of the sea at night and coastal walks by day. Accommodation is spacious with wooden details, slate floors and sumptuous fabrics. The solid single beds have thick curtains around them. The kitchen has a wood burning Rayburn and comfortable seating. There is a power shower and a separate bathroom. The hostel has been awarded 4 stars by VisitScotland. Next

Abernethy Bunkhouse

Sharing a car park with the Speyside Way and just yards from the river, the converted Nethy Station offers all that a group of 10-26 could expect from a bunkhouse and you only pay for a maximum of 20 beds. It is well equipped, fully central heated and has two public areas. Most rooms have triple bunks and there is a 2 bunk room with unusual access: we call it Narnia, as you get there through a wardrobe! There is 25 26 27

The Sail Loft Bunkhouse

Overlooking the beach and across the Moray Firth this newly created bunkhouse has an absolutely stunning location. Converted from the near derelict Portsoy sail lofts, the Sail Loft Bunkhouse is a modern and well equipped facility providing self-catering accommodation for 25 persons in a mixture of double, twin and quadruple rooms.

Braemar Lodge Bunkhouse

Surrounded by the beauty of Deeside, Braemar Lodge Hotel and Bunkhouse is in a quiet setting only a two minute walk from the village itself. Braemar Lodge Hotel was formerly a Victorian shooting lodge and is set in extensive grounds two minutes from the centre of Braemar in the heart of Royal Deeside. The great value Bunkhouse provides comfortable accommodation for up to 12 people (expanding to 20 during 2017) within the hotel grounds, The bunkhouse is equipped with two

This map of the Cairngorms, Moray Coast and East Scotland show the locations of all the hostels, bunkhouses and bothies that are members of Independent Hostels UK.

The Cairngorms National Park with its native woodland, lochs and high mountains is remarkable accessible part of the Scottish Highlands. In the Cairngorms National Park you will find wild landscapes and isolation only a few hours drive from Edinburgh. Even a drive up the A9 dual carriageway is glance into the wilderness. The ancient Caledonian pine forest and mountains of the Cairngorms provide miles of natural habitat for the Red Squirrel and the Golden Eagle.

The mountains of Cairngorm, Lochnagar and many more Munros and Corbetts are ideal for the day walker and climbers. Long distance walks like the Speyside Way, the Deeside Way, the Cateran Trail and the Dava Way give the opportunity for a longer walking holiday.  Here you can immerse yourself in the Wilderness experience. For those interested in touring the Cairngorms National Park by car there are lots of attractions and town to visit. Grantown-on-Spey, the historic capital of Strathspey, is worth a visit as is Aviemore the ski capital of Scotland. You can stop off in Braemar in the heart of Royal Deeside or visit Balmoral Castle. Travel down the Spey valley or Glenmore. Visit Glenshee, Nethybridge or Newtonmore. The Cairngorm National Parks provides an ideal base for year round activities including water sports on the lochs, pony trekking and fishing. In winter there is the skiing and ice climbing.  In Spring, Summer and Autumn the ski runs make challenging cycle trails for the adventurous mountain biker. For the family, there are off-road trails such as the Deeside Way and Old Logging Way.

The moray coast has attractive fishing villages, still immersed in the fishing trade, wide sandy beaches and interesting coastal geology. There are several long distance paths including The Moray Coast Trail. The Moray Firth is famous for its year round population of bottle-nose dolphins which can often been seen jumping out of the water. All along the coast Otters and many birds can be seen.

he more southerly part of this map cover Anugus, a maritime county. Augus is a country of small towns like Forfar, Kirriemuir, Arbroath, and rich fertile farming county with views of the Grampian moutnains.

This area of East Scotland is ideal for exploration, why not use the self catering accommodation on the map above to plan your adventure.