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
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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 Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson 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

Every little helps…

April 21st 2021

Ballater Hostel took delivery of 7 brand new cool boxes today! One for every room 😁 With our kitchen (and thus fridge) temporarily “out of bounds” we hope this helps our guests out.

Whether you need to store your sarnies for the next day, cool that wine or hide the chocolate – all is now possible! Apparently they heat as well as cool…who knew…tests required me thinks.


Ballater Hostel very much looking forward to welcoming you

April 17th 2021

The sun is shining, the First Minister spoke a week early, things are really looking up! 😁

From 26th April (when we open)…
– Scotland wide travel will be permitted
– Travel from England n Wales will also be allowed
– Only one household allowed per bedroom across all of Scotland (until at least end of June)
– Our self-catering kitchen/dining room/lounge will be closed (until we can fathom out a fair system)


Ballater Hostel to reopen 26th April!

March 19th 2021

Very excited to say we will be reopening our doors on Monday 26th April, 2021 – woohoo!!

In line with Scotland wide guidance we will be offering private rooms only, one household per bedroom and unfortunately, at least until indoor socialising is allowed, no communal facilities.

But we will continue to offer tea trays in every bedroom, 24-hour access, mountains to climb, paths to walk, tracks to cycle, heaps of ideas on what you can do with the Cairngorms National Park right outside our front door. Cafes will be open, pubs will be serving (albeit outside initially), we will be here with very big open arms. I’ve ordered some sun too to top it off! 🙂


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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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