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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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
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News & Offers from Ballater Hostel

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 🙂


Ballater Hostel’s brand new, very swish IHUK sign!

December 31st 2020

Very excited to unveil the latest addition to our hostel…a brand-new independent hostel sign!!

I’ve been Hostelling for years. Whenever I pulled up at a hostel and saw the green YHA or blue IHUK sign I got a feeling of excitement. “That’s where we’re staying” I’d think. The start of an adventure. Staying in a hostel was just so much fun. Staying in a bunk bed, cooking in the kitchen, playing games in the lounge, discovering all the rooms, being away from home, meeting people, planning walks. Just awesome adventurous holidays. You can spot a place, but when it has one of these signs outside of it, it sparks different emotions. Having this sign outside our hostel means so much. It’s not just, “we have a hostel”, it’s what this sign stands for.


Ballater Hostel – open throughout the winter (when restrictions allow) !

December 21st 2020

Good news! The days are officially getting longer now!! So, grab your boots and come on over to Ballater.

There are so many hills to climb and valleys to walk that you will not be short on things to do. The Cairngorms in the winter is just beautiful. Crisp mornings, quiet afternoons and peaceful evenings.

Ballater Hostel is open throughout the winter period – with discounts applied until 30th June 2021.

Don’t delay, book today!!

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