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Tomintoul - The Smugglers Hostel

Main Street, Tomintoul, AB37 9EX, Scotland

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Overall Rating 94%

From 4 Reviews

Hostel rating (4)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 96%
Cleanliness 92%
Location 96%
Security 96%
Service 92%
Comfort 92%
Green rating 80%

Book your stay at Tomintoul - The Smugglers Hostel in Tomintoul

  • Dorm
    From $23.79
  • Private
    From $111.96
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Tomintoul Hostel

Hostel Tomintoul

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Tomintoul Hostel is a hidden gem in the Cairngorms National Park. Located in the highest village in the Scottish Highlands the hostel is a great location for basing your holiday or stopping off for a couple of nights.

There are wonderful low level walking routes and hundreds of miles of cycling trails. Activities such as horse riding, mountain biking, fishing, skiing and snow boarding are available on the doorstep!

The area is rich in history and heritage, with lots of amazing sites to visit including castles and ruins. Walk in the footsteps of whisky smugglers or relive the battle of glenlivet!

In the heart of the Speyside Malt Whisky Region the area has numerous distilleries to visit and amazing whisky to sample!, The hostel has great facilities for the outdoor enthusiast with a well equipped bike shed, complete with tools and spares. The outside tap and hose allow you to wash bikes and outdoor kit onsite and the drying shed ensures that all your gear is dry in the morning ready for your next day’s adventure!
We realise how important you find it to stay connected whilst on your travels so we provide FREE WIFI within the hostel.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 16:00 and 19:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 18:00
  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • A deposit is payable at check-in. For room keys
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 4 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Sports Equipment Storage
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01 Apr to 31 Oct

From 09:00 to 10:00
From 16:00 to 19:00
From 16:00 to 19:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 01807 580 364

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Glenlivet Bike Trails (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions



We were the only guests and the hotel was unstaffed, which made for an unusual hostelling experience. The electric heaters struggled to keep the place warm in the cold winter weather, but the location was great for our walking plans and all the facilities we needed were available.


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Sat 07 Apr 2018

Kleine ruhige Hostel, am Ortsrand ruhig gelegen, Restaurants und Supermarkt fußläufig, angenehmes Familienzimmer


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Mon 04 Sep 2017

Everything great and quite.


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Thu 31 Aug 2017

This is a really good friendly hostel, clean and well run. It's in a good location for hill walking which is what I stayed there for. I liked all aspects of the hostel.


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Sat 20 May 2017

We spent a very comfortable and fun night at the Smuggler's Hostel. Phil was great, especially helpful about something that was left behind. Facilities in the hostel were good and the only issue I could raise on cleanliness was the presence of something unpleasant and mouldy looking behind the shower room door. Beyond that minor blip, everything was great and I wouldn't hesitate to stay in the hostel again.


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Mon 19 Sep 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Cycle trails (3 to 5km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (1 to 2km)
  • Mountainous Area (500m to 1km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500 m)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m to 1km)
  • Wooded Area (500m to 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

The nearest airports are Inverness and Aberdeen.
The citylink services connect to Aviemore from Glasgow Edinburgh or Inverness. A taxi from Aviemore will cost approximately £25.
Alternate Transport
The hostel is located in a quiet location on the main street in Tomintoul. The hostel is on the right hand side of the main street when travelling south. The hostel has secure parking to the rear of the building or on street parking outside the front of the building.
The nearest rail stations are either Aviemore Elgin or Keith. A taxi from any location will cost approximately £25.

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