Oban 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 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.
For information on hostel accessibility please click here
- 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
20/10/21Lovely clean relaxing stay comfortable
19/10/21Excellent. Especially the staff...friendly and helpful. Strang not to have kitchen facilities but the free tea and coffee always available was most welcome
18/10/21Amazing hostel. Beautiful room amd common space. Excellent location. Friendly and helpful staff.
12/10/21Students loved getting away and Fiona gave us the warmest of welcomes and our stay was very comfortable, warm and secure.
03/10/21One of the best hostels I've stayed in. Wardens super helpful.
30/09/21Fantastic in all respects.
28/09/2110/10 bike storage facility, properly warm drying room, and intense showers. In summary just what you want on a bike tour.
Ben J. T.
23/09/21Great seafront location with views of the bay. Secure bike storage with track pump, work stand and cleaning hose& kit.Knowledgeable friendly enthusiastic staff.Great room, shower, bed, space : Thank you
22/09/21Ideal for 6 visitors on motorbikes(wet)drying room was handy,free tea and coffee and a shot of a battery charger on Sunday morning when one bike wouldn't start,staff were friendly and helpful and would stay again ??
19/09/21Lovely big room. Very high standard of cleanliness. Friendly helpful staff. Comfy bed (a must!). Value for money was brilliant and room accessible with our 2 dogs. We stayed the night before an early ferry. We can Highly recommend this hostel
14/09/21absolutely lovely place to stay and very clean and a stunning location. This is the second time we have stopped there and its as good as I remember it the first time around.
13/09/21Friendly staff and atmosphere. Amazing location in Oban, beautiful views from our room. Ideal family accommodation
11/09/21Very welcoming hostel staff, room was clean and comfortable. Covid restrictions meant kitchen etc weren't open but Oban has plenty of places to eat and takeouts. Would defining recommend this hostel.
11/09/21Spacious rooms and superb interiors throughout the entire propertyWill return when in the area again.
11/09/21Fantastic hostel in old sandstone building. Decorated to a high standard. Very clean and beds were also very comfortable. Staff were lovely and friendly. Looking forwards to my next visit already.
09/09/21We had a wonderful experience at the Oban Hostel. I have stayed at dozen of hostels in Scotland. This was on the top of the list of best stays/experiences ever. Every staff member I encountered, from the front desk to the check- in to the cleaning staff were delightful and eager to help! The room was wonderful, spotless clean and bed was comfortable .Also, they are one of few hostels that allow dogs.Thank you!
07/09/21Great welcome and very helpful advice and local knowledge shared with us. Very helpful with bikes and very good breakfast
06/09/21Great location with views over the water. Room was large and spotless.
06/09/21Comfortable beds and great showers. We had to check out super early on our first visit and check in late on our second visit- both easily accommodated by the hostel's team who were friendly and efficient throughout.
06/09/21Excellent all round! and Fiona was really friendly, efficient and welcoming. Many thanks!
Visitor to Coll
05/09/21Lovely hostel with friendly staff and a great view out to sea. The en-suite room was large and comfortable. There's a nicely done-up lounge where you can sit and read. The cooked breakfast was perfect and there's complementary tea and coffee available all day.
05/09/21Very happy with stay. Staff very friendly and helpful. Lovely family room looking through bay window towards Mull
05/09/21Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Excellent as always. Highly recommended
Sara from N Wales
02/09/21Awesome view of seafront! Stunning victorian building. Went with my friend(who also was amazed). Staff were so very friendly,helpful and patient. Breakfast was excellent.Room was extremely clean,spacious with a sea view & en suite too.10 minute walk to centre shops etc.Excellent value for money! I only knocked a star off on two categories,& this was due to covid restrictions,and beds were quite narrow with a wooden lampholder a bit close. But I would definately stay here again & again. ??
02/09/21We had a great experience with the staff so friendly and helpful. The next day I had work to do and the staff were happy to allow me to use one of the lounges despite the hostel being closed for cleaning. It made my week, as I thought I would have to find an Internet cafe!
01/09/21Our room was fabulous, we had a view over-looking the harbour and spent a long time one evening happily watching a seal bobbing about in the water just across from the hostel. It is a little walk in to town but a very pleasant walk along the bay edge.
30/08/21Absolutely amazing hostel felt like big family home, beds so comfortable, staff very friendly and happyTo do anything for you. Complimentary tea and coffee. Will defo be back.
30/08/21Welcoming and friendly staff. Clean comfortable room with a great view. Quiet and relaxing stay. Enjoyed the breakfast, fab hospitality!
27/08/21Great location and hostel, good value.
27/08/21Stayed for 5 nights and had a very pleasant stay. Good location for exploring SW Scotland. Hostel refurbished - modern, clean and comfortable. Room more like a budget hotel, but at less than half the price. COVID restrictions meant no kitchen facilities, but dining room and lounges available, along with free tea and coffee at reception. Staff very pleasant and helpful. WiFi throughout. Parking on-site.
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.