Oban Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
Surrounded by miles of beautiful countryside and dramatic coastline, this five star VisitScotland accredited youth hostel is within easy walking distance of the town centre and comprises two buildings - the original Victorian villa and a modern lodge to the rear.
A perfect choice for groups, families and individual travellers, both buildings offer high quality accommodation in private en-suite rooms and comfortable shared dorms, all with lockers and bedside lighting and many with sea views. WiFi is free and other facilities include a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, an excellent drying room, laundry and secure cycle storage with bike washing facilities. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception.
Guests can opt for continental breakfast in the beautiful Raasay Dining Room and relax with a glass of wine or local craft beer in the adjoining lounge with views over the Firth of Lorne and the Inner Hebrides. Dinner and packed lunches are also available by prior arrangement for groups of ten or more. Please remember to pre-book your food.
The lodge is perfect for groups wanting their own space and can be hired separately from the main building.
The hostel is right on the seafront, close to the ferry port, and we’re happy to accommodate guests catching early ferries to the islands.
Nearby attractions include Oban Distillery, McCaig’s Tower, St Columba’s Cathedral and Oban War & Peace Museum. Famous for its local seafood, Oban boasts many good restaurants, bars and shops. For the more adventurous, scuba diving and sailing are available locally.
Oban 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) 1631 562 025 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
- Fantastic location with stunning sea views
- Great breakfast!
- Excellent self catering facilities
- Comfortable private ensuite rooms available
- Secure lockers and luggage store
- Secure bike store
Facilities & Services
Open all year
07:00 - 10:00 and 16:00 - 22:00
16:30 - 21:30 (late check in by prior arrangement with the hostel)
Check out by 10am
Guests in private rooms do not have to vacate during the day (though cleaners will require access). Guests arriving before check in time are welcome to leave their luggage in the secure store
Pet Dogs Welcome
En Suite Rooms
Group catering packages available on request and by prior arrangement
Catering Available (Breakfast Only)
Suitable for Groups
Packed Lunches Available
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
Access with limited mobility
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
7/1/2022 12:00:00 AMGood Hostel in a good location, I'll be back!
6/29/2022 12:00:00 AMOverall one of the nicest visits I have made this year. The Receptionist/Manager, Fiona, did everything in her power to make my visit one of the best, nothing was too much trouble. I can only thank her for the hospitality and highly recommend her to Hostelling Scotland.
6/29/2022 12:00:00 AMVery nice welcome ; Wonderful place with a beautiful view ! possibility to store our bicycle in a locked garage
6/29/2022 12:00:00 AMBeautiful place, extremely nice staff,very fast check-in,room was spotless clean.We enjoyed our stay
6/29/2022 12:00:00 AMJust what we needed
6/28/2022 12:00:00 AMThis place is ideal.
6/27/2022 12:00:00 AMWe received a warm welcome, local tips and knowledge, a clean comfortable room with spectacular views and a great shower. Would recommend to others and happily stay again.
6/26/2022 12:00:00 AMLovely hostel situated in a perfect position with a delightful view across the bay to Kerrera. Highly recommend taking the small ferry across to this island with a short walk to the Tea Garden - delightful!
6/26/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat place! Loved the divided bathroom. Perfect location
6/26/2022 12:00:00 AMBrilliant views, enough pillows (I used to have a theory that SYHA had invented the negative pillow, makes the mattress lower wherever it's placed, but 2 excellent pillows). And I've been reading about Atlantic rainforest, and found that Dunollie woods are in this category - must explore further next time! Instead of just sitting at McCaig's Tower watching ferries.
6/26/2022 12:00:00 AMJust a short 1 night stop and out early the next morning but facilities were great and the staff were very helpful. Excellent service.
6/23/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat location, great value , stayed in a double room on suite.
6/21/2022 12:00:00 AMFabulous bedding. Clean, soft, and just warm enough for a Scottish summer night. You could tell that the towels, beds, and tables were cleaned often. Didn't feel nervous about Covid. The lounge and main dining room overlooking the Gaelic Sea were beautiful, and the receptionists marked important features in the Oban area. Live music, pubs, restaurants, shops, and terminals. Great shower pressure. Easy to find location along the seawall. Simple and clear instructions for all facilities.
6/21/2022 12:00:00 AMTrès bon séjour, l'auberge est très bien équipée et le staff est accueillant et efficace. Les lits sont très bons. Les douches et sanitaires très propres et avec eau chaude. Nous conseillons vivement cette auberge.
6/20/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat stay in a great Youth Hostel. Check-in went well for our large party and rooms allocated smoothly. Rooms are large, modern and comfortable. Well equipped Youth Hostel. Breakfast was great, large selection and all very good. Great value for money and would definitely recommend it.
6/14/2022 12:00:00 AMNadja was most helpful as on arrival we discovered that we were in a shared room & had been expecting a twin room. This needs to be made clearer at booking. No other rooms were available due to a large party in the annex. The hostel is stylish, bright, clean, warm & comfortable. Off street parking. Tasty breakfast. Well done in having individual bedside lights!Very cool nvenient situation for walking into town. You can watch the Calmac ferries from the sitting rooms!
6/14/2022 12:00:00 AMNous avons passé un très bon moment dans cette auberge. Elle est très bien placée, propre, accueillante. Je recommande
6/14/2022 12:00:00 AMAnother comfortable stay.
6/12/2022 12:00:00 AMA great place to stay when visiting or passing through Oban - as long as you can cope with bunk beds! Friendly, warm, well-equipped, views to die for.
6/8/2022 12:00:00 AMAmazing hospitality, location and stay. The family room has a sea view which is breathtaking, you can enjoy the sunset from the room itself or from the dinning area.
6/6/2022 12:00:00 AMStaff and location are excellent
6/6/2022 12:00:00 AMI was barely in the hostel arriving late and leaving early, but everything l experienced was excellent. Extremely welcoming helpful staff member at check in. Bunks were comfortable, beds solid, no squeaking when turning over! Shower was powerful, towels were soft and the room was extremely clean. The hostel felt generally well cared for and looked after. I'd definitely stay again when l have an early ferry!
6/5/2022 12:00:00 AMWe stayed for two nights prior and after visiting an island. It is a 20 min walk to the ferry from the hostel. The check in staff were friendly and helpful. The beds were very comfortable. We had a breakfast which was lovely, with lots to choose from. We were able to leave our backpacks in the hostel whilst we went walking which was very convenient. We got caught in a rain shower just before our departure and the receptionist let us dry off and make a cup of tea before we left for the station.
5/31/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat staff, excellent big room with a sea view, great breakfast & secure bike storage
5/29/2022 12:00:00 AMVery helpful friendly staff. All facilities function v well. A perfect stay. Thankyou.
Tony and Rhoda
5/26/2022 12:00:00 AMYears ago I was in Oban in the same YH. This time it was even better, the service in the YH was okay and Fiona was very friendly to us.This YH is a good start for a hike on the Isles like Kerrera and Mull, but also after hiking it is a nice place to relax and enjoy Oban.
5/25/2022 12:00:00 AMSo friendly, great facilities (a special mention to bike shed/bike wash station) and delicious vegetarian breakfast. Thank you!
Sophie & Helen
5/24/2022 12:00:00 AMSandie Amazingly good value for money, with friendly and helpful staff who from the first welcome at check in filled me with confidence that our experience would be a good one. My first impression was proved to be correct as every aspect of our stay was great. Highly recommended.
5/24/2022 12:00:00 AMGreeting from Fiona? very friendly, helpful and informative. Looked up buses for onward travel for us. Hostel facilities excellent including self-catering kitchen. Big contrast in both of these factors with recent stay at Bath Y.H.A.
5/23/2022 12:00:00 AMFantastically clean and well run hostel.The staff are fantastic and go the extra mile .
Reasons to visit
Oban is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Isles'.
With regular ferries to the Inner Hebridean islands of Mull, Coll, Tiree or Iona, it's a great base if you intend to go island hopping!
But before you head off there's lots to discover in and around the town itself.
Find your sea legs with a short jaunt over to a neighbouring island - Kerrera - rugged and unspoiled and home to beautiful Gylen Castle. Visit McCraig's tower, a ten minute drive from the hostel with panoramic views across the Sound of Mull. Explore Easdale Island Folk Museum and get a fascinating insight into the history of slate mining in the local area.
For the more adventurous there are a number of activities available in the local area including sea kayaking and scuba diving.
Oban is known as Scotland's seafood capital and there are plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy fine local seafood with a number of award winning restaurants based in the town.