Hostels and Bunkhouses in the Cairngorms

Craggan Outdoors' Ardenbeg Bunkhouse, Grantown on Spey
Wifi / broadband

Craggan Outdoors' Ardenbeg Bunkhouse    Grantown on Spey

'Best Outdoor Venue' finalist in the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016, '17 & '18, & with 94% TripAdvisor rating, Craggan Outdoors offers accommodation for groups of up to 23 on a quiet road in Grantown-on-Spey, 15 minutes from Aviemoreand well situated for all that Britain’s largest national park has to offer. Accommodation is in private rooms of four, five, six & eight beds, all with private bathrooms. Two well equipped kitchen / common rooms offer everything required for self-catering. Ardenbeg is well located for both the Dava Way & Speyside Way.

Ballater Hostel, Ballater

Ballater Hostel    Ballater

Ballater Hostel (formerly Habitat @Ballater) is a 25 bed five star 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.

We have both traditional dorm rooms 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.

Nethy Station, Nethy Bridge
Pets by arrangement Wifi / broadband

Nethy Station    Nethy Bridge

Nethy Station, converted to a hostel for groups of 12-26, is centrally situated within the Cairngorms National Park between Aviemore and the Speyside Whisky Trail and halfway between two ski areas! Perfect for exploring the many activities available on mountain, river, land & sea. You'll always have Exclusive Use but only pay for beds used. Dogs are welcome and so are Stags and Hens!

Craggan Outdoors' Glenbeg Bunkhouse & Bothy, Grantown on Spey
No pets

Craggan Outdoors' Glenbeg Bunkhouse & Bothy    Grantown on Spey

'Best Outdoor Venue' finalist in the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016, '17 & '18, & a 94% TripAdvisor rating, Craggan Outdoors offers great value, light, bright & well equipped accommodation in a 27-bed Glenbeg Bunkhouse & adjacent 6-bed Bothy, along with a 4-bed summerhouse giving total capacity of 37. Situated in a secluded spot on the beautiful Glenbeg Estate, peace & quiet is guaranteed, with fantastic views. 2-3 miles from the Dava Way & Speyside Way. Craggan Outdoors also offers a wide range of outdoor activities, full details on the website.

Smugglers Hostel, Tomintoul
Wifi / broadband

Smugglers Hostel    Tomintoul

Situated in picturesque Tomintoul, The Smugglers Hostel, the highest in the Scottish Highlands, is surrounded by stunning scenery. We offer friendly, comfortable and affordable accommodation for 20 'Smugglers' in our four cosy dorms, including one en-suite room that sleeps 4. The hostel has fantastic facilities including refreshments on arrival, bed linen, towel hire, large kitchen and communal area, bike shed, outside tap and hose, drying room, laundry room, free Wi-Fi, 24/7 secure access and lockers. Tomintoul is perfect for walking with Ben Avon nearby and over 100 Glenlivet Estate routes.

Aviemore Hostel, Aviemore

Aviemore Hostel    Aviemore

Surrounded by woodland, Aviemore Youth Hostel sits at the edge of Cairngorm National Park, yet is just a short walk from Aviemore town centre. It's an ideal base for all sorts of year-round activities.

Hillwalking, climbing, snowsports, mountain biking, pony trekking, watersports and fishing are all available. Most activities take place on the Rothiemurchus Estate, a fabulous area with many easy paths through the Caledonian Pine Forest. The Scottish Whisky Trail is also nearby.

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel, Glenmore, near Aviemore
Pets by arrangement

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel    Glenmore, near Aviemore

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel is an atmospheric former shooting lodge in the heart of Cairngorms National Park with stunning views of the Northern Corries.

Seven miles from Aviemore and just two from the Cairngorm mountain funicular and snowsports area, the lodge is a great base for year-round activities, including hillwalking, climbing, snowsports, mountain biking, pony trekking, watersports and fishing.

Fraoch Lodge Hostel, Boat of Garten
No pets Wifi / broadband

Fraoch Lodge Hostel    Boat of Garten

For couples, singles or families Fraoch Lodge is an ideal base to explore the Cairngorms National Park on our doorstep; or make a day trip to Loch Ness; or tour a distillery and visit Speyside. We're graded as a 4 star hostel but offer so much more.

Open fire: dedicated drying room: fully equipped self-catering kitchen or home made meals: play area in the garden: football pitch behind the garden. Do it yourself or relax and let us take care of the mundane. All rooms have hand basins. Private car park.

Lazy Duck Hostel, Nethy Bridge
No pets Wifi / broadband

Lazy Duck Hostel    Nethy Bridge

The Lazy Duck in Nethy Bridge offers a rustic mountain hut style eight bed hut hostel for groups and families, three hand built and bespoke eco huts for couples and a four pitch lightweight summer camping ground. The six acres of woodland, ponds and grassland hosts Soay sheep, waterfowl and hens as well as a cheerful and efficient staff team from home and abroad. Wood fired hot tub, sauna and well being studio for yoga and massage are all on offer. "Small is Beautiful" Come home to slow living.

Braemar Youth Hostel, Braemar

Braemar Youth Hostel    Braemar

An impressive former shooting lodge, standing in extensive grounds in the heart of Cairngorms National Park, Braemar Youth Hostel is an ideal base for exploring Royal Deeside, with its castles and distilleries.

The youth hostel is also a great location for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy skiing and boarding at Glenshee and The Lecht or walking in the Cairngorms. Other activities include mountain biking, wildlife watching and golf. Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s Scottish home, is nearby (open between April-July).

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