Habitat @Ballater
Bridge Square, Ballater, Scotland, Ballater, Scotland

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Habitat Hostel is a 25 bed (sleeps 28) five star self-catering hostel situated in the centre of Ballater, near Balmoral, on the east side of the Cairngorms National Park.

Our bunk and private rooms offer great accommodation for groups, families and independent travellers.

Large open plan kitchen/dining/communal area with wood burning stove. Drying room and cycle storage available.

Either book the whole hostel, a room or just a bed. No minimum stay.

Excellent facilities, comfortable beds and a friendly welcome.

In a great location for the east Cairngorms; amazing walking, climbing and cycling nearby; 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 resort - the list goes on!

In the village are several restaurants & cafes, two bike hire places, an information centre and a variety of shops including a butchers, a deli and a well-stocked Co-op.

Beds: 25: 1 x 8, 1 x 6, 1 x 2, 3 x family room (double & bunk). All rooms are en suite.

Open: All year. Reception open 8-10am & 5-10pm. Hostel is closed 10am-5pm.

Price per night: From £20pp (dorms) £31 (private).

Smoking: No smoking.

Pets: Sorry, no pets allowed.


  • Adaptors
  • Air conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board Games
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • DVDs
  • Free WiFi
  • Hot showers
  • Key card access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Reading Light
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facil
  • Towels for Hire
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking


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.

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.