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. No daytime access.
  • Price per night:

    Dorm beds from £18.70. Private rooms from £29.33.
  • Booking:

    Book via website (easiest, + online discount available), 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

This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee, is an 'Eco Hostel' and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme, the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, a dark sky area, the page of accommodation near Castles, the IHUK signage page and the page of hostels with en suite rooms.

It has availability at Autumn Half Term, February Half Term, Easter, May Bank Holiday, Spring Bank Holiday and Whitsun Half Term and August Bank Holiday.


aMixed dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
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

Ballater Hostel in the heart of The Cairngorms

August 1st 2020

The perfect budget get away. Ballater Hostel has 7 en-suite rooms, each with its own special tea station (with biscuits!).

As well as this, for 2020 we have dramatically dropped our prices, including up to 65% off for individuals. There’s also no minimum occupancy in any of our rooms. With 2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 8 bedded rooms there’s plenty of choice. We also have bike storage. There is so much to do in and around Ballater, and you don’t need a car once you are here. From walking to cycling, from relaxing on the green & eating ice cream (highly recommended) to swimming in the River Dee. The village has all your supplies covered (and more – we even have our own mountain rescue centre).


Ballater Hostel is Good to Go!!

July 29th 2020

Reopening 1st August, we have successfully be awarded the UK wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure you we are adhering to Government and public health guidance.

With 7 en suite bedrooms, a tea station in every room (with those nice caramelised biscuits) and a minimum 15% discount off 2020 rates why not get on over to Ballater Hostel for a wee break. There is no end of walking and cycling in the area (ask us for a copy of the Ballater Hostel walks list) and with 2 bike hire places in the village you don’t even have to worry about bringing your own bike. The perfect place to get away and relax.

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Ballater Hostel is reopening for August and Autumn 2020!

July 18th 2020

With day access, minimum 15% discount, reduced minimum occupancy requirements and no charge for cancellations!

Oh yes, we are!! On 1 August, 2020…exactly 4 years to the day when we took over the place back in 2016!

Things will be a little different (for instance we currently can’t offer our lovely shared mixed dorm rooms & it’s one household per room unfortunately) but hopefully this will make guests feel more comfortable and safer.

Communal areas (kitchen, dining room, lounge, drying room) have had to be closed except for whole hostel bookings but there will now be a tea tray in every room (how posh is that)!

We understand we are not offering everything we normally would thus we have put in some rather exciting changes…

• Whilst the communal areas are out of bounds we are offering day access!! Yep, you read that right, no more having to vacate during the day.

• Minimum 15% discount – we understand we are not offering everything we normally would, thus to allow for this we have knocked off at least 15% off our standard pricing.

• Up to 65% off for individual occupancy – we understand for those hostellers who just want a bed in a shared mixed dorm at a budget rate there is nothing out there for you at the moment. We are therefore heavily discounting the majority of our rooms to enable these individuals to still have a place to stay.

• We’ve reduced the minimum occupancy of rooms to one (that’s right, just one, even in our 8 bed dorm!)

• No charge for cancellations made more than a week in advance of arrival (that non-refundable deposit is fully refundable!)

We will be following CoViD guidelines, cleaning advice and a bit of common sense to keep us and you safe.

We are really excited to be reopening but it is a steep learning curve to get things going again. For everyone, please be kind, be safe and be patient.

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