Lochranza Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the responsible lifting of restrictions and are delighted to be able to plan for the re-opening of our self-catering kitchens from 1st November. Drying room facilities are now available at many of our hostels but we would ask you to please contact the hostel team directly to allow them to manage your access. The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, employees and the communities in which we operate remains our main priority at this time. For more information on what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ's section of this website.

As you’ll appreciate, advice on Covid-19 is constantly changing and we would ask all our guests to continue to refer to Scottish Government guidelines and Transport Scotland advice on travel and social distancing when making their booking. Please remember, this guidance may be different in England and Wales.  

Surrounded by hills on three sides, this four star VisitScotland accredited youth hostel sits in an attractive lochside village in the north of the Isle of Arran. Close by, on a narrow peninsula extending into beautiful Loch Ranza, is the imposing ruin of a 13th century castle.

Perfect for groups, families and individual travellers, the hostel offers guests a wide range of comfortable hotel like private en-suite rooms and spacious shared accommodation, all with individual lockers and bedside lights. The excellent washroom facilities are all equipped with hairdryers. Guests can opt for a continental breakfast (please remember to pre-book), or take advantage of the large, well-equipped, self-catering kitchen.

Other facilities include free WiFi, a laundry and drying room and free onsite parking, as well as a secure cycle store for up to ten bikes. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine or local craft beer in one of the hostel’s two cosy lounges, one with a TV and both with excellent views over the loch. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception.

The hostel benefits from a great bus connection, with the bus stop only a five minute walk away.

Lochranza is an ideal base for tackling the many trails and ridges of the Arran mountains, including Goat Fell, the island's highest peak. Experienced cyclists will enjoy the challenge of the circular 58 mile ride round the island but, for the less ambitious, the Cock of Arran walk offers a beautifully scenic low level trek, starting and finishing at the hostel. Arran’s only whisky distillery is a short walk away and well worth a visit.

Lochranza is a dog-friendly hostel. If you would like to book yourself and your dog into the hostel, please phone the hostel direct on +44 (0) 1770 830 631 to check availability. There is a small charge of £5 per night for your dog when staying in our hostels.

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.

For information on hostel accessibility please click here

Why stay?

  • Friendly knowledgeable staff  
  • Stunning loch side location surrounded by magnificent scenery 
  • Comfortable private ensuite rooms available
  • Luggage store
  • Secure bike store

Lochranza Youth Hostel

Based on guest review ratings
Lochranza, Isle of Arran KA27 8HL Get Directions

Facilities & Services


March to October (RentaHostel available all year)

Reception Hours

07:30-10:00 and 17:00-21:30 (22:30 Fridays)

Check in

16:00 - 22:00

Check out

07:00 - 10:00

Access Hours

Hostel opening times 07:00-22:00 and after 22:00 by keycard entry


Pet Dogs Welcome

Free Wifi

Private Rooms

En Suite Rooms

Family Rooms

Suitable for Groups

Catering Available (Breakfast Only)

Packed Lunches Available

Alcohol Licence

Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen

Lounge/TV Room

Laundry Room

Towel Hire

Drying Room

Luggage Store

Bike Store

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

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Reasons to visit

Often referred to as Scotland in miniature, Arran is a popular place to enjoy the great outdoors with a number of activities on offer including hill walking, mountain biking and cycling, pony-trekking, fishing, golfing and water sports. 

The youth hostel sits on the Cock of Arran trail, a beautifully scenic low level trek offering stunning views of the surrounding area. The hostel garden is a great spot for local wildlife. Regular visitors include red deer, red squirrels and golden eagles, with grey seals and otters often seen in the bay.

The local deer that populate the hillsides surrounding the youth hostel can often be found wandering across the beach close to the hostel after dark.

The hostel is within easy walking distance of the local Lochranza Distillery which offers a range of tours and even the chance to sample a wee dram!