Aviemore Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the responsible lifting of restrictions and are delighted to be able to plan for the re-opening of our self-catering kitchens from 1st November. Drying room facilities are now available at many of our hostels but we would ask you to please contact the hostel team directly to allow them to manage your access. The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, employees and the communities in which we operate remains our main priority at this time. For more information on what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ's section of this website.
As you’ll appreciate, advice on Covid-19 is constantly changing and we would ask all our guests to continue to refer to Scottish Government guidelines and Transport Scotland advice on travel and social distancing when making their booking. Please remember, this guidance may be different in England and Wales.
Very popular with outdoor enthusiasts, the four star VisitScotland accredited Aviemore Youth Hostel is the perfect base for activity groups, families and individual travellers looking for great value accommodation and all year-round adventure.
The hostel offers guests a wide range of comfortable shared and private rooms, a bright and spacious lounge area with woodland and mountain views, TV and pool table. Guests can opt for a continental breakfast served in the dining room (please remember to pre-book) or take advantage of the large self-catering kitchen. Other facilities include free WiFi, an excellent drying room, laundry, private lockers, secure bike storage and ample onsite parking.
The hostel also hosts a Scottish Natural Heritage visitor centre, with Peregrine nestcam and helpful information about Craigellachie National Nature Reserve.
Surrounded by lush woodland, the hostel sits in the heart of the vast Cairngorms National Park but is just a short walk from Aviemore’s bustling town centre.
An all year round resort, local activities include hillwalking, climbing, snowsports, mountain biking, pony trekking, watersports and fishing. 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 nearby, as is Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Highland Wildlife Park, Loch Garten RSPB and Strathspey Steam Railway.
The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.
For information on hostel accessibility please click here
- Great location, very friendly staff
- Secure baggage store
- Private rooms available
Facilities & Services
Open all year
16:00 - 22.30
07.00 - 10:00
Access available until 02:00 on Friday and Saturday nights. Late arrival and access available outside opening hours by pre-arrangement only
Suitable for Groups
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
Access with limited mobility
Group catering packages available on request and by prior arrangement
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
16/10/21Excellent hostel, great friendly staff, really welcoming, great spot
15/10/21Very enjoyable stay but unable to prepare food with the kitchen closed.
14/10/21The hostel is situated in a great location for easy access to various outdoor locations/activities. The staff were friendly and the hostel was clean.
07/10/21Very happy and helpful staff,nothing was too much trouble.The hostel was very clean throughout and all the facilities were exceptional.All Covid policies were clearly signed and adhered to.
Antony Price aka Jacko
04/10/21We had a great short stay and would highly rate Aviemore hostel! It surpassed my expectations. Staff were very welcoming and helpful. Hostel was clean, tidy and comfortable, and facilities were ideal.
04/10/21Lovely location and close to very many holiday facilities. Good bus and train access
02/10/21It was home from home for 7 days. My first stay on my own in a UK hostel, and the first on my own in a hostel anywhere for 3 decades. I loved it and have recommended it to several people. The staff got a happy balance between being friendly & approachable and efficient. It was the cleanest hostel I've stayed in. The quiet location away from the road on the edge of a national nature reserve but just a short walk from the station was perfect.
09/09/21Covid restrictions meant no kitchen available and a fairly empty hostel which changed the atmosphere somewhat. Staff friendly and the place was immaculate
08/09/21Lovely hostel in a great location. Brilliant team. Had a great overnight stop
Reg & Karen Bestwick
28/08/21Everything we wanted in a place to stay and nothing we didn't. Beautifully located in gardens, only 10 minutes walk from the station, superb showers, spacious toilets, nice lounge, good dining room. It was easy to add another night to the booking.
21/08/21Comfortable hostel and very good value. Lovely large lounge which was good for meeting other guests. Clean bathrooms and good showers.
15/08/21The location is the stunningly obvious wow-thing about this hostel. Set in the woods and in the incredible wider landscape. The other thing is the staff. These people were just fab. Happy to help with anything. Their stories were brilliant. They made our stay safe, fun and friendly. Thank you
14/08/21Check in was really welcoming. Having large open communal areas was great for our family stay and the pool table was an added bonus. Would return without hesitation.
11/08/21Great stay with the family on our way through Aviemore. Many Thanks
04/08/21Thanks again for a great kind-friendly place to stay in Aviemore, with friendly staff.
02/08/21Absolutely lovely. As long as we both survive, you will be my choice of place to stay from now on whenever I'm remotely near Aviemore and in need of a place to lay my head.
19/07/21Fab stay at Aviemore Youth Hostel. I had been hiking in the Cairngorms for a few days, it was so nice to stay a night in a comfy bed!The hostel is in a super location, it is very clean and welcoming. The hostel has a drying room and the main event is the showers! Which are super strong and hot!
16/07/21Excellent location, clean, well maintained facilities with friendly, knowledgeable staff - highly recommended
10/07/21I stayed at the Aviemore hostel for 2 nights with my 2 kids in a private room with en-suite bathroom. The staff & accommodation were excellent and i would highly recommend.
04/07/21The staff really made our stay - extremely welcoming, helpful and really knowledgable about the local area. Staying in a hostel at the moment is definitely a bit different from normal but nothing you wouldn't expect. The little extra touches like free tea and coffee and designated showers made a big difference.
02/07/21We were warmly welcomed and pleased with our 2 bunk room, which meant both children could have a top bunk and no fighting! We watched the Euros in a comfortable lounge in good company with other guests, enjoyed the free hot drinks and purchased a couple of local beers. The next day we were able to enjoy a day out in the Creagallichie Nature reserve via an underpass under the A9 so no additional car parking to worry about it. There outdoor space for the kids to play and handy local takeaways.
30/06/21Great staff with very accommodating check in, clean rooms, and good common areas.
29/06/21Great value for money hostel in the centre of Aviemore.
23/06/21Really friendly and helpful service. Excellent facilities and very clean.
20/06/21Very friendly environment. Very helpful staff. Spotlessly clean. I'll be staying here again next time in Aviemore.
13/06/21Given the covid restrictions our experience was much better than anticipated. The availablity of hot water for drinks and making up porridge pots as well as packed lunches and breakfasts was really appreciated, especially given the need to book at many of the local eating establishments. The staff were very accommodating and informative.
07/06/21The hostel at Aviemore is a great spot to start an adventurous weekend. Close enough to the main street so you can get all of your supplies (7min walk), but “distanced” enough, so you are in a quieter area and can wake up to the sounds of nature! The shower is really good, particularly special after exploring the outdoors. The team is very friendly and supportive. Highly recommended! I'm already planing when I can go back!
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31/05/21Easy to find, super location and place was spotless. Staff were friendly and provided clear directions Highly recommend and would stay again
Reasons to visit
Aviemore Youth Hostel sits within the Cairngorms National Park, voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the world by National Geographic Traveller Magazine. The park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, has something for everyone - from castles and distilleries to family attractions, water and snowsports, wildlife watching, and some incredible high and low level walking and cycling routes.
Visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, sample a craft beer at the Cairngorm Brewery, discover Loch Morlich and the highest sandy beach in Britain and explore the Craigellachie National Nature Reserve.
Aviemore is the perfect location for families, groups and individuals looking to take advantage of this natural playground.