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Overview of The Smugglers Hostel

The Smugglers Hostel

2.0 star property
No-frills hostel in Ballindalloch

7.6/10 Good

6 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared kitchen
Main Street, Ballindalloch, Scotland, AB37 9EX
Main amenities
  • Garden
  • Luggage storage

Choose dates to view prices

About this area

Getting around

  • Keith and Dufftown Railway - 29 min drive
  • Carrbridge Station - 44 min drive
  • Aviemore Station - 49 min drive


  • The Highland Market - 2 min walk
  • The Old Firestation - 2 min walk
  • The Old Fire Station Tea Room - 2 min walk
  • Richmond Arms Hotel - 3 min walk
  • The Clockhouse Restaurant - 3 min walk

About this property

The Smugglers Hostel

Hostel in a rural location
The Smugglers Hostel provides a garden and more. Guests can connect to free WiFi in public areas.
Additional perks include:
  • Free self-parking
  • Luggage storage and smoke-free property
Other amenities include:
  • Communal kitchens and heating



Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 22 rooms


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; access will be through a private entrance
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets stay for free (dogs and cats only)


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities


  • Luggage storage


  • Garden


  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Heating

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property does not have lifts.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

The Smugglers Hostel Ballindalloch
The Smugglers Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Does The Smugglers Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Smugglers Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Smugglers Hostel?
As of 6 October 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Smugglers Hostel on 19 October 2022 start from €97, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Smugglers Hostel?
This property confirms that social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Smugglers Hostel?
Yes, cats and dogs stay free.
Is parking offered on site at The Smugglers Hostel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Smugglers Hostel?
You can check in from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
What is there to do at The Smugglers Hostel and nearby?
The Smugglers Hostel has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Smugglers Hostel?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include The Glenavon (4-min walk) and Glenlivet Bike Trails Cafe (5.5 mi).

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

Last minute family booking
Great communication after a last minute booking as a family of 5. Very comfortable and clean. In a lovely setting.
Gemma, 1-night family trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Easy and convenient in an unparalleled location
Superb location and lovely common areas.
Laura, 1-night family trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Good atmosphere, nice staff and nice people staying. Good sharing kitchen and living
1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

great little hostel
I had a great night stay here. the facilities are good, the member of staff was very friendly and helpful there is a local shop/pub/restaurant. Nice and quiet, i had the best nights sleep here.
Angela, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

4/10 Fair

Self checking need professionnal...they aren't
To pay £100 for a private room with private bathroom in a youth hostel, and for that, only receiving a quick email explaining that there will be probably no staff at arrival time (while mentions until 7pm) but that you can pass and visit thrz tourist center ..between 3 and 5pm !!! At the end, no code supplied for your private room. Other guests on site saying that they did not see any staff for the last 2 days except the cleaning person. Emergency numbers given online and onsite : 0 answer ! support : 0..just good enough to make your call lasting as long as possible. Finally found a dormitory open and slept in it but with not door code so were always afraid that the door could get closed . Terrible service from the hostel. Self checking needs a minimum experience...they have none. : thanks for the travel I don't know where thanks to your online support ..but not a better service than the hotel.
Chantal, 1-night family trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Kasper, 1-night trip with friends
Verified guest review