The Smugglers Hostel

Cairngorms National Park

Spacious and comfortable accommodation in the Cairngorms National Park. A great location for outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife, photography and whisky lovers alike! A family friendly hostel, with great facilities and staff to make sure you have a memorable stay. Individuals and groups welcome. Although the hostel enjoys a position of relative isolation in the Scottish Highlands, we are easily accessible by road.

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Contact: Justin Livesey

Main Street
Banffshire, AB37 9EX
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Tel: 01807 580364
Mob: 07557 642727
Beds: 24
Notes: Family room rate is for a maximum of 2 adults and up to 3 children. Under 4's must be in a Family room
Nearest Public Transport: Local bus services to Tomintoul operate from Elgin and Keith once a week throughout the year. The school bus can also be used to connect with Elgin-Aberlour buses every weekday during term time. Please contact the hostel for further details.
Nearest Shop/Pub: There are two shops within the village which are open from 9am until early evening. There are also local pubs and restaurants in Tomintoul that serve food.

Hostel Accommodation in Tomintoul, Cairngorms National Park

The Smugglers is the highest hostel in the Scottish Highlands, located in the picturesque village of Tomintoul, surrounded by stunning countryside waiting to be explored and enjoyed.  Tomintoul is a hidden gem in the Cairngorms National Park and a great location to base yourself for a range of outdoor activities, photography, wildlife watching, whisky tasting and so much more!

Our 24 bed hostel has great facilities, friendly and informative staff and a superb common room, so whether you are travelling alone or as part of a group you are assured a warm welcome and comfortable stay.

The Hostel is situated on the Glenlivet Esate This offers Mountain biking trails, 20 waymarked walks to choose from in stunning landscapes you are spoilt for choice as to where to walk. Castles, distilleries, visitor centres, bridges, so much to explore.



From £17.00 per person per night

From £17.00 per child per night

Double/Twin Room Ensuite:

From £60.00 per room per night

Family Room Ensuite:

From £70.00 per room per night


From £250.00 whole hostel per night

Exclusive Use:

From £350.00 whole hostel per night

Special Rate:

The hostel has both 4 and 6 bed dorms which can be booked out as private rooms as well if required, and a family ensuite which sleeps 5. We have great rates for groups of 10 or more, or exclusive use bookings. Please get in touch directly to discuss your requirements.

Reviews (1)


Reviewed on November 9, 2017

Overall comfortable, good kitchen, nice communal area, satisfactory beds. However, when we were there (mid-October 2017) I had the impression that the maintenance was slightly lacking, e.g. doorbell not working (so we stood outside in the rain until we realised it wasn't working and knocked instead!), light bulbs needing to be replaced, etc, and the shower I used was *terrible* -- the pressure was very low and the water was either boiling hot or cold, so I had to keep swinging between too hot and too cold. Apparently not all of the showers there are like that though!

Stayed October 2017