Lochranza Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
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 accommodation from comfortable private en-suite rooms to spacious shared dorms, 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.
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- Friendly knowledgeable staff
- Stunning loch side location surrounded by magnificent scenery
- Comfortable private ensuite rooms available
- Luggage store
- Secure bike store
Facilities & Services
April to October (RentaHostel available all year)
07:00-10:00 and 17:00-21:30
17:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 10:00
Hostel opening times 07:00-22:00 and after 22:00 by keycard entry
Pet Dogs Welcome
En Suite Rooms
Suitable for Groups
Catering Available (Breakfast Only)
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
8/11/2022 12:00:00 AMC'était une super auberge avec une super localisation. Tout était propre et la cuisine est un atout non négligeable ! (Pourvue de fours, de casseroles en tout genre, etc)
8/11/2022 12:00:00 AMA wonderful, superbly run hostel. Easily the best I've ever stayed in. Thank you YHA.
8/11/2022 12:00:00 AMThank you for a great stay in a fabulous location, in a fantastic hotel with brilliant staff.
8/10/2022 12:00:00 AMi m genuinely impressed how well is the place run. Professional and friendly staff, comfortable bed, shed for bike and the house is super clean. (never seen that in hostel before). please keep your standards high, your guests appreciate it. thank you.
8/9/2022 12:00:00 AMVery helpful and friendly management.
8/8/2022 12:00:00 AMReceived a very warm welcome from the manager, who was helpful and friendly throughout. The other staff member had a good knowledge of the island, where to go, which walks were boggy, which walks were well marked, which walks to avoid in low cloud, etc. and he went the extra mile to get us info.Kitchen was very good: fridge space, many gas stoves, good ovens. Storage space. Dorms clean. Bathrooms clean and functioning.The atmosphere was warm and friendly. Good dry room too.Highly recommended!
8/8/2022 12:00:00 AMReally happy to get a room here at the last moment. Beautiful setting and very helpful staff. And really comfortable.
8/6/2022 12:00:00 AMHostel at Lochranza was clean and staff were friendly. we had a great stay though we only had 1 night there. We had absolutely no complaints. Would recommend!
8/6/2022 12:00:00 AMExcellent hostel in a great location. Very well run with very good cooking facilities and communal areas. We stayed with our dog and he enjoyed it too. Great walks and things to do on your doorstep
8/6/2022 12:00:00 AMExcellent hostel, very clean, well managed and in a super location.
8/2/2022 12:00:00 AMVery clean and well-run hostel. The managers are very helpful. You might see deer and red squirrels in the vicinity too :)
8/1/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat stay again at Lochranza after an absence of around 8 years. Wardens Michael and Natalia took great care of us and the place was very well run. Plenty of room, quiet areas and a very well equipped kitchen. Only complaint is the midges but July in Scotland.... what did you expect!
7/22/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat value hostel accommodation. Private ensuite room clean and comfortable. Excellent kitchen facilities. Good dining room and lounges. Beautiful setting.
7/22/2022 12:00:00 AMGem of a place, inspires the best in e veryone, stsff and customers.
7/18/2022 12:00:00 AMWonderful peaceful location and a lovely hostel. very well equipped kitchen.
7/16/2022 12:00:00 AMMy second time at this hostel en route to the Cloanaig ferry and Kintyre. Great location I can get from home to Ardrossan and cycle to Lochranza in a day. Dilphins in Lochranza harbour held up the ferry!!
7/14/2022 12:00:00 AMExcellent hostel. Really impressed with the staff team who were really helpful and were working hard to keep the hostel clean.
7/13/2022 12:00:00 AMThe view from the room was absolutely stunning, as is the location of the Lochranza Hostel. The Staff was charmingly friendly. The whole familiy felt like at home. Room, kitchen and facilities were perfectly clean and fully functioning. Eventhough the weather was nice, we could dry our wet shoes at the heating, which was turned on for a while in the evening. We believe that the future lies in ecotourism and liked the way energy and waste recycling are handled over there.
7/4/2022 12:00:00 AMCosy getaway at Lochranza! So much on the doorstop and lovely place to come back to. Room was spacious and clean, staff were excellent and accommodating. We will no doubt be back!
7/4/2022 12:00:00 AMLovely hostel - scenic location. Great place to stay - well equipped kitchen, large lounge areas looking over the loch. We saw red squirrels in the hostel grounds and deer on the golf course nearby. Michal (the hostel manager) is super helpful with lots of good information, and obviously takes good care of the hostel. Come prepared re food as the hotel and stags pavilion are currently closed and there is no village shop - the hostel has some limited supplies (the wine was appreciated).
7/3/2022 12:00:00 AMLuxurious youth hostel with all commodities. Great for bikes!
7/2/2022 12:00:00 AMVery helpful staff, well equipped kitchen, cosy dining room, dorms with private lamps and shelfs, beautiful situated.The only thing missing ist a restaurant/Take Away or a smal shop.
6/28/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat hotel in a great location. Easy access to public transport and several walks
6/26/2022 12:00:00 AMFriendly YH with small room in a quiet place
6/26/2022 12:00:00 AMThe staff went above and beyond to help me find a safe way to Lochranza after my ferry was delayed into Brodick and my arrival was too late in the day to catch a bus. They called to check in on me, let me enjoy the wee breakfast in the morning despite not registering the day before, and were an absolute joy to speak with. Perhaps the best service I've had thus far in Scotland!
6/25/2022 12:00:00 AMWonderful views over the loch. Definitely recommended.
6/13/2022 12:00:00 AMThe facilities are clean, staff are helpful with great service.
6/6/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat hostel in an amazing location.
6/2/2022 12:00:00 AMLovely hostel with a whole range of people staying. The staff were helpful and accommodating, for example when I said I'd been cold the night before they gave me an extra duvet. Having somewhere safe to store my bike was a good bonus. The showers are super hot and powerful, perfect for after a long day exploring the island. Lochranza itself is quiet and beautiful. Make sure you buy food in Brodick before arriving.
6/2/2022 12:00:00 AMReally great hostel.
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!