Braemar Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
Braemar Youth Hostel is an impressive former shooting lodge standing within extensive grounds in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The youth hostel offers a range of shared accommodation, private and family rooms.
A popular choice for families, groups and outdoor enthusiasts, the hostel has a mix of traditional fixtures and modern furnishings with many homely touches such as big comfy sofas, a large and well equipped self-catering kitchen and spacious dining room.
The Braemar snowgate webcam which points at the snow gates next to the youth hostel, heading towards Glenshee, is always worth checking in the winter months just to make sure you can get to the ski resort or the hostel.
With dog friendly accommodation available at Braemar Youth Hostel, your four-legged friend will be able to join in on all the fun! A small fee of £5 per dog per night will be charged and must be booked in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is allocated. For further information please refer to our Dog Guidelines
Facilities & Services
Open all year
Sunday to Thursday 08:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 21:00, Friday to saturday 08:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 -22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Late arrival and access outside opening hours by pre-arrangement only
Private Rooms Available
Family Rooms Available
Suitable for Groups
Catering Available (Breakfast Only)
Self Catering Kitchen
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
Pet Dogs Welcome
Complimentary Tea and Coffee available in Self Catering Kitchen
Location is easy to find as you approach Braemar from Glenshee in the South. The Hostel provides an excellent base for exploring Deeside, Glenshee and the hills around Glas Maol above the Cairnwell Pass. Enjoyed my stay. It was comfortable and the hostel had a friendly atmosphere. Staff were extremely helpful. Thank you.
This hostel, and Braemar itself, provides a wee dose of nostalgia for times & hostelling past. A quiet village surrounded by a beautiful landscape brimming with walks, climbs and cycling routes (not to mention Skiing, fishing, castles, cafes and galleries....)
Sue - Scotland
Really nice place, the old hostel building makes a special climate and differs it from any other hostels I've ever been to.
I've stayed at Braemar a few times now and it's becoming a favourite. Great hostel, great location and friendly, helpful staff!
I´m very happy about travelling throughout Scotland with Hostelling Scotland.
Blanca Rodriguez Garcia
A well-located and equipped hostel with all facilities (first stopped there more than 30 years ago when duties were to be done, took your own cutlery and sleeping sheet, and there was no need for gadget charging or Wifi). Wifi is good and there are many USB sockets/ power points in the dorms.
Graham the cyclist
The hostel is very clean. Well managed Kitchen facilities.
Thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Great location with access to many parts of the Grampian Mountains.
Been to long since I’d ventured to Braemar. Great setting with friendly staff.
Lovely hostel which is very reasonable, in a great location.
Jacqui Cycles - England
Great place to stay, friendly, with a drying room and 5 minutes out of Braemar. A good place for respite from the midges!
Staff really helpful and friendly. Bathroom facilities a bit dated but the staff do their best to keep the place clean and organised. Great drying room and kitchen.
One of the best hostels I’ve stayed in this year. Showers quite tight for space, but otherwise a great stay!
V friendly hostel, great staff.
With dog friendly accommodation available at Braemar Youth Hostel, your four-legged friend will be able to join in on all the fun! A small fee of £5 per dog per night will be charged and must be booked in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is allocated. For further information please refer to our Dog Guidelines">
Reasons to visit
The village sits on 'The Snow Road', a 90-mile journey which takes you from the picturesque market town of Blairgowrie to the traditional Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey. The route traverses the highest public road in Britain through some of the most impressive landscapes in the eastern Cairngorms, linking the communities of Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul.
With no less than 24 Munros within easy reach it's no wonder the area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. It's also a perfect base for winter sports, as Glenshee is just eight miles to the south and the Lecht is to the north.
This ancient village is also home to the world famous annual Braemar Gathering and Highland Games. Held on the first Saturday in September, the event is regularly attended by the Royal Family and features the best pipe bands, pipers, Highland dancers and athletes.