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Hostels and Bunkhouses in the Cairngorms


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).

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.

Braemar Lodge Bunkhouse, Braemar

Braemar Lodge Bunkhouse    Braemar

Our great value bunkhouse provides comfortable accommodation for up to 12 people within the grounds of the Braemar Lodge Hotel. The bunkhouse is equipped with two shower rooms, one of which is suitable for wheelchair access. Excellent drying and laundry facilities and a generous fully equipped kitchen for all your self catering needs.

Guests are also welcome to use the hotel's excellent dining facilities. All bed linen and towels are supplied for the duration of your stay.

Ardenbeg Bunkhouse, Grantown on Spey
Wifi / broadband

Ardenbeg Bunkhouse    Grantown on Spey

Good value accommodation for groups of up to 24 people on a quiet road in Grantown-on-Spey, just 15 minutes from Aviemore, and well situated for all that Britain’s largest national park has to offer. Accommodation is in private rooms of four, six (two rooms) & eight beds, all with private bathroom facilities. Well equipped kitchens with dining areas offer everything required for self-catering for groups small, medium or large. There is also an enclosed garden, play area and BBQ, and back inside a drying room with dehumidifier.

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

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel    Glenmore    near Aviemore

Situated in the Cairngorms National Park, this former shooting lodge overlooking Loch Morlich is just two miles from the Cairngorm Mountain Funicular and year round activities areas. Ideal location for hillwalking, cycling, snow sports, mountain biking, fishing and water sports.

Located just 7 miles from the bustling town of Aviemore, the youth hostel is popular with outdoor enthusiasts, families and groups looking for budget accommodation.

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!

Glenfeshie Hostel, Glen Feshie

Glenfeshie Hostel    Glen Feshie

Glenfeshie Hostel is in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. It lies below the 2 Munros of Sgor Gaoith and Mullach Clach a’Bhlair with direct access via a footpath close by. We have a Biomass boiler which ensures a cosy atmosphere and lots of hot water via our upgraded shower rooms!

Glenfeshie Hostel sleeps 16 in 3x4 bed bunk rooms and 1x4 single bed room. There is a drying/laundry room. This idyllic location makes the hostel an ideal venue for walkers, cyclists, skiers, golfers and for 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.

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.

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 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 Swedish massage are all on offer. "Small is Beautiful" Come back to slow living.

Craggan Outdoors Bunkhouse and Bothy, near Grantown on Spey
No pets

Craggan Outdoors Bunkhouse and Bothy    near Grantown on Spey

Craggan Outdoors offer great value, light, bright & well equipped accommodation in a 27-bed bunkhouse & 6-bed bothy, both renovated in winter 2008/9. Situated side-by-side in a secluded & picturesque spot at the top of the beautiful Glenbeg Estate, peace & quiet is guaranteed, along with the fantastic views. The properties are located 2-3 miles from both the Dava Way & Speyside Way. Transport to / from the acccommodation can be provided by prior arrangement.


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