Overview of Hostel
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.
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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).
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.
By car: Post code for Sat Nav users is AB35 5QJ.
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..
We are conveniently situated in a quiet courtyard near the centre of the village. Ideally located for Lochnagar (both the mountain and the disitllery!), Balmoral Castle and Loch Muick. Ballater is a perfect location for exploring the Eastern Cairngorms National Park and rural Aberdeenshire.
Conditions & Policy
Ballater Hostel Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: If the booking is cancelled less than 2 days before arrival then a charge equal to the first night’s stay will be made (minus deposit). Payment upon arrival by cash or card. Check in from 17:00 to 22:00 . Check out before 10:00 . Breakfast not included. General: Reception is open 8am-10am and 5pm-10pm. The hostel is closed to all guests between 10am and 5pm. Those here for a 2nd night will be able to gain access from 4pm. No night time curfew. Non smoking. Guest of all ages are welcome. Infants under 3 can stay free of charge sharing existing bedding. A cot and cot bedding is available at the hostel and is free of charge (please double check it is not already booked out). Guests aged 3 and over are subject to the full bed rate.