We are pleased to recommend the following places to stay before, during or after your trip with Hillgoers. We know you will be well looked after and the standard of accommodation they offer is excellent. They offer a perfect service for walkers, from individuals to large groups, from fully serviced luxury accommodation to self catering in stunning locations. Please mention at the time of booking that you will be walking with Hillgoers.

The Lower Dess Estate - www.lowerdessestate.com

The estate lies in Royal Deeside on the north side of the river Dee with uninterrupted views over the valley to the Forest of Birse. The estate enjoys a very private and secluded position in a totally unspoilt rural setting and yet is close to Aberdeen.

They offer two luxury accommodation options:

The Mill of Dess Lodge - A truly luxurious 10 double bedroom, 10 ensuite bathroom Lodge which offers top-end accommodation for guests. The Lodge is fully staffed and rooms can be booked individually.

Mill Cottage - Immediately adjacent to the river bank, this stone cottage sleeps four people in two twin bedrooms with a recently refurbished kitchen which is equipped for self-catering.

Contact Antonia McKinley: email: antonia@lowerdessestate.com.

Direct Dial: +44(0)1763 264249, Mobile: +44(0)7572 732387

Mill of Dess Lodge

Mill of Dess Lodge

Mill Cottage

Mill Cottage

Braemar Caravan Park - www.braemarcaravanpark.co.uk

Winter in Braemar

Winter in Braemar

Catering for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents, they also have six new Camping Pods. Braemar Caravan Park and Camping Pods are the perfect base for walking, hiking, cycling, photography, snowsports, history, arts and crafts and much more.

Braemar Caravan Park is operated by Invercauld Estate, the custodians of over 200 square miles of spectacular landscapes within the Cairngorms National Park, managed for wildlife, sport, recreation and community. The Estate hosts Scotland’s highest 18 hole golf course at Braemar as well as the Glenshee Ski Centre which can offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the UK. The Estate also provides salmon fishing as well, of course, as mile upon mile of glorious walks.

Camping Pods

Camping Pods

Ballater Hostel - ballater-hostel.com

Ballater Hostel

Ballater Hostel (formerly Habitat @Ballater) is a 25 bed (sleeps 28) five star self-catering hostel situated in the centre of Ballater, near Balmoral, on the east side of the Cairngorms National Park.

The Hostel is owned and run by Dominique & Daniel, who took over the hostel in August 2016. They have both traditional dorm and private rooms, along with a large open plan kitchen / dining / communal area with wood burning stove. A drying room and cycle storage is also available. You can book the whole hostel, a room or just a bed, with no minimum stay.

Excellent facilities, comfortable beds and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you – the kettle is always on!

Cranford Guest House Breamar - cranfordbraemar.co.uk

Sarah and Alastair welcome you to Cranford, a relaxing and comfortable home in the heart of the stunning Cairngorms National Park. They offer bed and breakfast accommodation, all year, in five stylish en-suite rooms.

Alastair is a keen mountaineer and particularly enjoys hill running, mountain biking and ski touring. He has been a member of Braemar Mountain Rescue Team, a retained fire-fighter and community first responder for 20 years.

Sarah prefers her past-times to be a bit less frenetic; she enjoys hillwalking, skiing and has a particular interest in local plants and wildlife. She also loves to bake and you will be treated to the Cake of the Day upon your arrival!

Cranford Guest House

Cranford Guest House

Located in the picturesque village of Braemar, Cranford is just 15km from Balmoral Castle, 10 minutes from Glenshee Ski Centre and close to the start of the Whisky Trail. There are lots of great walks straight from the doorstep. The area is superb for wildlife watching. Red squirrels are usually seen in our garden daily and red deer are often seen grazing nearby.

They also have a detached self catering cottage which sleeps two in a double bedroom and features a cosy woodburning stove in the lounge, a spacious kitchen/diner and an enclosed garden.

Pets are welcome.

The Boat Inn - theboatinnaboyne.co.uk


Nestling on the banks of the River Dee, the Boat Inn is the perfect place from which to explore the
delights of Royal Deeside. Freshly prepared, locally sourced dishes can be taken overlooking the
river in front of a roaring log fire or outside on the terrace and washed down with a fantastic
selection of local ales and spirits. The Pine Loft is available for private parties and they offer 8
beautiful ensuite rooms many of which overlook the river.

The Fife Arms, Braemar - thefifearms.com

The Fife Arms is a Victorian coaching inn that has been imaginatively restored. Driven by Iwan and Manuela Wirth’s wish to create a truly exceptional hotel, The Fife Arms is a celebration of craftsmanship which has brought together architects, designers and artists, many of whom have strong links to Scotland. The interiors by Russell Sage feature a thoughtful collection of historic objects, whimsical curios, artwork and artefacts, as well as newly commissioned contemporary works. A strong Scottish narrative, often local to Braemar itself, runs throughout the entire hotel making it a repository of stories and anecdotes.


Offering accommodation across 46 sumptuous bedrooms, every room is dedicated to a local place, person, event or theme which have all been meticulously researched and dressed to tell these local stories and share them with guests.

The hotel also has a public bar called The Flying Stag, a restaurant called The Clunie Dining Room, cocktail bar, drawing room and more for guests to enjoy.

Balsporran Bed and Breakfast, Drumochter - www.balsporranbedandbreakfast.co.uk


Balsporran cottage sits in a stunning and peaceful part of the Cairngorm National Park. Located within the Drumochter Pass, close to the river Truim, it’s the perfect place to escape, relax, explore, indulge the Drumochter mountains and experience nature at its best!

Hosts Fiona and Geoff Fisher are lucky enough to call Balsporran their home. They provide a warm and friendly welcome to all guests, ensuring your stay is both comfortable and relaxing. They can also help you with advice on everything the local area has to offer to make your stay a memorable one.

Each of the 4 guest rooms are furnished to a high standard for visitors who appreciate quality and tranquillity with premium linens and toiletries to offer you a little bit of luxury. You will also enjoy a complimentary beverage tray and digital TV. They have a large guest-dedicated lounge with log fire where you can take in the beautiful views. In addition, they can provide secure drying facilities.

They offer the highest quality full Scottish breakfast that sets you up for the day in the Scottish highlands, lighter, varied options are available too. Breakfast is served in the dining area which gives guests the chance to share plans and stories with the hosts and other guests. With reasonable notice a packed lunch can be provided for anyone setting off on a full day adventure.

Balsporran is located on the Perthshire / Inverness-shire border, four miles south of Dalwhinnie just 200 yards from the Sustran Cycle Route (no 7), perfectly placed for cyclists and walkers. It is approximately 2 hours north of Edinburgh. Sitting adjacent to the main railway line with its own footpath level crossing leading straight out the Munros, Balsporran is about a close as you can get to the centre of Scotland, so it's not far to drive to Lochaber and Fort William, up to Aviemore and the Cairngorm summits, down to Pitlochry and the Perthshire hills, or the Monadhliath Mountains. They are just a 15 minute walk from Dalwhinnie railway station.