Oban Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the gradual and responsible easing of restrictions from 19 July. Unfortunately due to continued requirement for social distancing, we are unable to open our self-catering kitchens at this time. We hope to provide a date for the opening of these facilities following the next Scottish Government update. 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.
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 private en-suite rooms and comfortable shared accommodation, 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
27/07/21Brilliant hostel biker friendly arrived early was able to get changed and leave helmet and leathers in hostel and go out and enjoy lovely day in Oban room superb free tea and coffee lightbulb changed straight away when out in bathroom staff very friendly and helpful we wished we had more time here will definitely come again free tea and coffee available
Dennis and Marie Pickerill
26/07/21We stayed as a family of four and found it all really pleasant. Friendly helpful staff, good accommodation and beautiful location convenient for the town and nice views. We joined a 2 hour boat trip around the bay and had very nice fish and chips from Oban Fish and Chips.
26/07/21Beautiful sight in front of the sea from the bedroom. The team sorted out each tiny issue and gave good advice on local activities.
24/07/21Fantastic service. Extremely clean very much appreciated
Rachel from York
22/07/21Lovely youth hostel in a prime location in Oban. Staff member Laura who booked us in was so welcoming and friendly. Unfortunately due to covid regulations we didn't check out the communal areas. Room was clean, bed was comfy. I'll definitely be back.
21/07/21Excellent location and welcome, but impacted by closure of some facilities.
07/07/21Another great stay at this hostel with my young daughter. Friendly and helpful staff as always. Reduced facilities because of Covid but we knew that on booking. We had a great private room with a good view of all the ferries :) This is a really good place to stay, particularly when the self-catering kitchens open but it works fine without them too. Plenty of eateries about.
06/07/21Check in was easy although I arrived late the receptionist was very friendly and helpful. Despite the covid restrictions in the hostel thw stay was peaceful and pkeasant.
06/07/21Covid has affected all hospitality sites and it was a shame not to even be able to boil a kettle. However, everything else was wonderful especially the spaciousness of our room and the great view.
Clare and Gavin Phillips
05/07/21We had a very good night's stay at the Oban hostel. Room was simple but comfortable and clean with everything we needed plus a sea view, and staff were all extremely welcoming and helpful. Hostel is in a great position on the sea front. Dog friendly too!
05/07/21The staff were so helpful and knowledge about the area. The accommodation itself so clean and fresh. The whole experience was more akin to a hotel than a hostel. Brilliant.
Edinburgh family of 5 and a dog
04/07/21Absolutely lovely room and location and super friendly and helpful staff!
04/07/21We had a great time. Lora (I think) at the reception was very nice and friendly, We stayed only one night, but were chuffed about the place, location, service. But the main thing was, that you could accommodate our wee paw munchkin.
03/07/21We loved everything about our stay here! The location is perfect, the rooms have everything you need and all the staff is super friendly and helpful! Couldn't recommended more!!
02/07/21Had a wonderful 3 night stay at Oban YHA. Excellent value for money. Staff extremely helpful and given the current social guidelines the hostel proved a great choice. The rooms are spacious; beds comfy and the showers easy to use and always hot water. We had 2 large cupboards for personal storage. They are lockable so bring your own padlock. ( 2 ) Oban YHA is on the sea front. We were lucky to have a sea view. Easy to navigate to as its a stones throw away from Oban cathedral.
Happy Oban Visitor.
30/06/21Very welcoming and in spite of the the current restrictions they have done all they can to help
29/06/21We only stayed here one night with a late arrival after a ferry so never seen much of the hostel but our room was clean and comfy and the check in manager was really friendly and helpful.
27/06/21Our second visit to Oban and reconfirmed that I love this hostel. Fantastic location, beautiful views and lovely staff! The rooms are very clean and so comfy and the shower will certainly wake you up in the morning!
27/06/21Great location, excellent view of the bay. Staff very friendly and helpful. COVID protocol very much in place, rooms clean and aired. Would recommend.
24/06/21Ideal and convenient place to stay in Oban. On arrival the double bed was promptly changed to twins as had been requested. Friendly and helpful reception. Sadly no kitchen due to Covid-19 restrictions but that's something beyond control of the Hostel. Hence 3 stars for facilities but free tea and coffee available.
23/06/21Fiona is an amazing host and looked after us so well. Delighted to meet Laura too and all of the other staff who accomodated us.
22/06/21Marvellous hostel with a sea view!
21/06/21We stayed in a private room for one night before getting up very early to catch the ferry to Tiree. The warden, Fiona, was very helpful, both in advance by email and in person at the hostel. She advised us on where to park as we weren't taking the car to Tiree and provided us with towels, although we weren't expecting them, as she said it would save us taking wet towels with us on the ferry. Our room was comfortable and quiet. We enjoyed the self-service coffee before leaving at 5.30am
19/06/21Friendly, happy welcome from staff. Private room was very clean. The hostels location means that it's quiet (Thursday night stay in June)
18/06/21A had a very comfortable stay in the lodge at the back of the property. Everything was spotlessly clean, and I had an easy check in & out process. I've stayed before so I knew it was in a great location.
09/06/21As always great welcoming staff who make the stay a happy experience. Good job done people thank you.
06/06/21One of the best stays I have had, in a fantastic location. Super clean throughout and pleasant staff. Definately would stay again
04/06/21Great location, friendly, welcoming staff with great local knowledge.
04/06/21A lovely clean room with a sea view. I would highly recommend this Youth Hostel.
30/05/21Friendly, excellent service. Brilliant location. Felt covid safe. Beautiful views from lounge and bedroom. Kitchen not open due to the pandemic which limits self catering but there are plenty of take aways in the town that you can bring back to the hostel. I'd definitely stay here again.
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.