Ballater Hostel, Bridge Square, Ballater, AB35 5QJ

Call Dominique & 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.


  • Rooms & Beds:

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

    All year. Reception open 8-10am & 5-10pm. No access 10am-5pm.
  • 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', has a pub within walking distance and is on the IHUK signage page and the page of accommodation near Castles.


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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Self-catering hostel in Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park.

July 8th 2018

Ballater Hostel is located on the east side of the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park.

Ballater Hostel is a selfcating hostel, located on the east side of the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park.

Find out more about all the exciting adventures and breathtaking views to be experienced within the Cairngorms National Park here.

Ballater Hostel - Cairngorms National Park

Our reader loved Ballater Hostel

June 21st 2018

This is the freshest hostel I’ve come across , the owners are helpful, facilities and location excellent.

Regular user of the Independent Hostels Guide Neil Thompson loved Ballater Hostel on his recent visit.  This is what he said “This is the freshest hostel I’ve come across , the owners are helpful, facilities and location excellent”.
Ballater Hostel (previously known as Habitat Hostel) provides a perfect base.  Book the whole hostel, book a bed or a room. It has 25 beds in shared and private rooms and is right in the centre of Ballater, near Balmoral.  Large open plan kitchen/communal area with wood burning stove.   In a great location for the east Cairngorms, amazing walking and cycling, on the bus route between Aberdeen and Braemar, Lochnagar (both the mountain and the distillery) and Loch Muick less than 10miles away, Balmoral only a 15min drive, Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (with MacGregor’s Cave) & Cambus O May Forest just up the road, a mound of castles nearby, close to Lecht and Glenshee ski resor. In the village are several restaurants & cafes, two bike hire places, an information centre and a variety of shops including a butchers, a deli, a well-stocked Co-op . Perfect for visiting East Cairngorms – especially Lochnagar and Loch Muick.

Habitat Hostel in Ballater

Ballater Hostel have twined their Loo

July 19th 2017

Flushing away poverty one toilet at a time.

Inspired by Independent Hostel UK, Ballater Hostel have just twinned their loo and bought some bamboo loo roll. Their donation to Tearfund will provide clean water and safe sanitation to some of the world’s poorest people.  This is just one of the Green efforts made at  Ballater Hostel.  It  uses a green heating system, underfloor heating by air source heat pump, to keep their guests toastie warm in Winter.  They also encourage their guests to adventure by bike by providing a large secure bike storage area.

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Ballater Hostel in the Cairngorms

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