Ballater Hostel, Ballater Hostel, Bridge Square, Ballater, AB35 5QJ

Call Dominique or Daniel on 01339 753752


Ballater Hostel is a 29 bed self-catering hostel situated in the centre of Ballater, near Balmoral, on the east side of the Cairngorms National Park. The Hostel is owned and run by Dominique & Daniel, who took over the hostel in August 2016. Ballater Hostel has both traditional dormitories and private rooms, along with a large open plan kitchen/dining/communal area with wood burning stove. A drying room and cycle storage is also available. Either book the whole hostel, a room or just a bed, with no minimum stay. Excellent facilities, comfortable beds and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you - the kettle is always on!

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Cairngorms and Moray and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    29:1x8,1x6,1x4,1x2,3x3 (family)
  • Open:

    All year. Reception 8-10am / 5-10pm.
  • Price per night:

    Dorm beds £18.70. Private rooms from £29.
  • Booking:

    Book via website (easiest), email, phone or in person.
  • Directions:

    From the east (Aberdeen) enter Ballater on A93, with river on left. Shortly after passing Clan Shop on left (before T-junction and triangle of green) hostel is on right, on stony tack, opposite Clachan Grill restaurant. From the west (Braemar) enter Ballater on A93. Go through village, turn left with A93 (Alex Pub on right, bridge over River Dee ahead). Hostel is 50m on left, on stony tack, opposite Clachan Grill restaurant. 5min walk from bus stop outside Co-op.
  • Public Transport :

    Airport/Trains/Buses in Aberdeen. Bus (201/202/203 Stagecoach) from Aberdeen bus/train station to Ballater (every 60mins, journey takes 2hrs).
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available February Half Term 2022 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available August Bank Holiday 2022 Available Autumn Half Term 2022


aMixed dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
0VisitScotland Quality Assured
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from Ballater Hostel

New Year Availability @ Ballater Hostel!

October 10th 2021

Fancy a few nights away this New years, staying in a cosy rural hostel, in the middle of the Cairngorms National Park?

We have a log burning stove (nature’s TV) , an open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area (lovely for socialising), excellent drying room (you can never predict the weather in Scotland) and bike storage. We have 7 bedrooms, 29 beds, sleep up to 32 people. We can also reduce the price if you can’t fill the place. There is so much hiking and cycling, lots of cafes and pubs. Go for a full day out, or rest and relax in front of the fire (with the leftover Christmas choccies). The choice is yours.

Late Availability

Highland Adventure Holidays at Ballater Hostel

February 16th 2021

Choose from walking, fishing, climbing, cycling, horse riding, whisky tasting or castle visits. All these great activities are close to this family friendly hostel.

Highland Adventure Holidays at Ballater Hostel

When you pay hostel prices for your accommodation, you will have more in your pocket for your activities.

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The Cairngorms in winter…just epic!

January 11th 2021

Taking a break from Ballater Hostel and the opportunity to explore a local Munro in full winter conditions. Something I’d wanted to do for a while and never had the time (or always found an excuse!).

With just perfect weather conditions (blue skies with not even a wind, a whisper, a murmur) I had a stunning hike up Broad Cairn, a local Munro to us at Ballater Hostel and one that is quite often completed alongside 4 others, to complete what is known as the White Mounth circuit. I had a brief moment when I contemplated doing this…until I realised how long this would take me in the knee/thigh/waist deep snow ahead of me! The scenery was amazing and just showed what a completely awesome place I live in. I can’t wait to do the same route in the summer and not have to crawl to the top (it seriously was easier than trying to battle my way through thigh deep snow with multiple boulders). I was exhausted by the end of it but it was just utterly satisfying. Taking the burner to brew up a hot chocolate mid-way round was also a bonus 🙂


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Highland Adventure Activities from Ballater Hostel

February 16th 2021

Want to get away but have no idea where to start? Need to know what there actually is to do?  Ballater Hostel is located right in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. There are so many activities to suit all abilities right on its doorstep.  With 7 private rooms available, all en suite, 5 with TVs and 3 with king beds why not put Ballater Hostel on your list of places to stay on your next holiday?  Read on to find just what there is to do…

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