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
8/14/2022 12:00:00 AMA fabulous hostel that is truly family friendly and in a great location. The staff here are amazing, couldn't be more helpful and show a genuine interest in hostellers.
8/14/2022 12:00:00 AMBeautiful location and house, helpful, friendly staff, all very well
8/14/2022 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely fantastic hostel with a really friendly and helpful reception staff. The shower was brilliant, beds comfy and plenty of space in the room. Only complaint is that the tumble drier didn't dry our clothes so allow time for using the drying room if you need this!
8/13/2022 12:00:00 AMExcellent hostel. Friendly, efficient check-in; bedroom was clean and comfortable; self-catering kitchen absolutely superb with first-class recycling facilities. Staff were really helpful throughout. Highly recommended.
8/9/2022 12:00:00 AMWas in a great location, the rooms and common rooms were really good, clean and spacious. Good value.
8/9/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat
8/8/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat value for money, beautiful building , lovely staff
8/7/2022 12:00:00 AMWe have been to Oban YH many times. This was our first visit since Covid broke out but felt to be safe in Oban Lodge . We look forward to staying again.
8/6/2022 12:00:00 AMWe were really impressed with Oban Youth Hostel. A warm welcome, lovely large, clean family room and great shower. Just what we needed before an early ferry crossing. Dog friendly too :-)
8/6/2022 12:00:00 AMBrilliant hostel and staff. Excellent bike shed. Handy to Town Centre and all Ferries. Day trip to Mull is possible. We recommend a trip to Seil island and Eilenabeich, 10 miles south of Oban, by car, bus or bicycle.
Mature cycling couple
8/5/2022 12:00:00 AMWarmful peuple, great view and confortable room.
7/25/2022 12:00:00 AMFiona, who checked us in, was very welcoming, knowledgeable about Oban and wonderfully cheerful. We had a fabulous room, which was squeaky clean. A great stay - just too short!
7/24/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat location friendly staff all you need
7/23/2022 12:00:00 AMA very good place to stay before or after a trip to the mountains. Super host, great equipment, it's easy to prepare a healthy meal. nice place for a great price. To be very important to maintain such a tourist hostel.
7/19/2022 12:00:00 AMLove Oban, my favourite place, and the Hostel makes it an enjoyable experience too. The facilities are great as are the staff, and they are all so helpful. Looking forward to my next stay.
7/17/2022 12:00:00 AMEverything about this hostel exceeded our expectations and imaginations!
7/15/2022 12:00:00 AMI have used the hostel on many occasions and I have never been disappointed with the facilities in any way.
7/9/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat stay yet again. Mixed with some nice people usually in the kitchen come lounge. This was my 4th visit and have enjoyed every visit. Staff very kind and courteous. I am in my very senior years but still prefer a hostel to a hotel mostly for the friendly company. Thank you!!!
7/9/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat place, great facilities, good staff, good value
7/4/2022 12:00:00 AMComfortable, low cost accomodation with kitchen facilities and sitting rooms. Only 10 minutes walk from the town centre. Helpful,charming staff.
7/3/2022 12:00:00 AMThis is a really nice hostel in a great location. View to die for from the lounge. Well equipped kitchen. Friendly and so hardworking warden. Breakfast smelt yummy. Will very happily stay again.
7/3/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat place for a stopover. Very good commodities and facilities for bikes!
7/2/2022 12:00:00 AMThank you very much for your perfect service and the warm welcome! We will recommend your hostel and come back, if we visit the area around Oban again! All the best for youFrank
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.
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.