There are many welcoming bunkhouses and hostels in the Cairngorms and along the Moray Coast. The locations of these are shown on the map below with clickable links to take you to information and photos. The bunkhouses and hostels offer self-catering accommodation in 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.
Cairngorms, Moray & Aberdeenshire
Hostels and bunkhouses in Aberdeenshire, the Cairngorms, and the Moray Coast
The Cairngorms National Park with its native woodland, lochs and high mountains is a remarkably accessible part of the Scottish Highlands. In the Cairngorms National Park, you will find wild landscapes and isolation only a few hour’s drive from Edinburgh. Even a drive up the A9 dual carriageway gives a 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. Some of the rarest animals in Scotland. 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 gives the opportunity for a longer walking holiday. Here you can immerse yourself in the Wilderness experience.
The Cairngorms by Road
For those interested in touring the Cairngorms National Park by car there are lots of attractions and towns 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 Park provides an ideal base for year-round activities including water sports on the lochs, pony trekking, and fishing. In winter there is 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.
Walking Adventures Near Moray
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 be seen jumping out of the water. All along the coast Otters and many birds can be seen. The more southerly part of this map cover Angus, a maritime county. Angus is a country of small towns like Forfar, Kirriemuir, Arbroath, and a rich fertile farming county with views of the Grampian mountains. This area of East Scotland is ideal for exploration, why not use the self catering accommodation on the map above to plan your adventure?