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.
From £20 per person per night (mixed dorm) and £33 per room per night (private room).
Excellent facilities, comfortable beds and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you – the kettle is always on!
How to get here
Coming from Aberdeen – on entering Ballater on the A93 with the River Dee on your left - you’ll past the Riverside Garage on your right, then CLAN cancer support charity shop on your left - just before road splits turn right onto stony track (if you reach T-junction you‘ve missed turning) - we are 20m down on your left.
Coming from Braemar – on entering Ballater on A93 drive through the village passing church on your right - turn left with A93, just past Rocksalt & Snails café (if you go over river you have missed turning) – take first left onto stony track – we are 20m down on your left. If you pass the CLAN cancer support charity shop on your right you have gone too far.
By air: Nearest airport is Aberdeen. 757 Stagecoach bus connects Aberdeen airport to Aberdeen bus/train station (bus every 15mins, journey takes 45mins). Take bus as below.
By train: Nearest train station is Aberdeen. Take bus as below.
By bus: Nearest bus stop is Ballater. Take 201/202/203 Stagecoach bus from Aberdeen bus/train station to Ballater (bus every 30-60mins, journey takes 2-2.5hrs). See www stagecoachbus.com for further info.
On foot: We are a 5min walk from Co-op bus stop. Get off bus by Co-op. With Co-op on your left, walk to crossroads, turn right, walk past church on your right, turn left down Albert Road (opposite butchers), take first right onto stony road (restaurant on left, garages on right) – we are about 20 metres on your right.