Oban Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
Advice on Covid-19 is constantly changing and may differ across the UK. In Scotland the wearing of facemasks remains a legal requirement in indoor settings and we would ask all guests to please respect this.
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.
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
09/01/22Very good, as usual.
08/12/21Fantastic stay, lovely rooms great view and just a 5 minute walk into town. Check in was easy and Fiona was really helpful with lots of local information. Would defo recommend and will stay here again when we visit. we had private shower and bathroom, went downstairs with a few beers and ate a takeaway. Kitchens were open for use, or they will even make you a cooked breakfast in the morning. Parking was good and we never struggled for a space. Best of all, Dogs made welcome !!!!
30/11/21Ideally located, spotlessly clean and comfortable. Very friendly and welcoming check-in experience. Absolutely spot on for our needs for our stay. Great that our dog was made so welcome too. Fantastic wi-fi too!
30/11/21We stayed here for a week in Nov 2021. Our room was in the Victorian building. The hostel is really nice and more like the quality of a hotel. Living rooms nice, clean modern and comfy. Kitchen and eating areas big and clean. Beds comfy and clean. Staff very friendly, Would stay again.
27/11/21An en-suite double room with a wonderful view of the coast line and Islands in an excellent location handy for railway station and ferries. A large and well equipped communal kitchen and a good sized lounge area with TV. Clean and safe.
27/11/21Can't speak highly enough of the hostel or the staff,
27/11/21A fabulous stay, so nice to get back to a more normal hostelling experience. I have so missed it.
27/11/21Stayed here 4 days with my dog, friendly and helpful staff. Great location and great views.. amazing kitchen.. One of the Best hostel i stayed in
22/11/21First time youth Hostelling loved it. Everything just right great staff spotless well decorated views were wonderful. Oban full of helpful friendly people as was the hostel. Don't think you need to change a thing. PS I watered the plants as lovely but dry. All in all fantastic. Will likely join YHA as perfect for allMany thanksFiona
15/11/21Would recommend staying here over anywhere else in Oban.
14/11/21Excellent 2 night stay at Oban Hostel. Every member of the staff from check in to the breakfast team were first class. We even had a fire alarm go off at around 07:30 in the morning and i feel that the staff dealt with it in a very professional and comforting manner. The Cooked Veggie breakfast was very nice. When i was checking out one of the staff printed off a ferry schedule for me and gave me some excellent advice on local places to visit. I look forward to staying here again in the future.
11/11/21It's always lovely to stay at Oban's Youth Hostel.
10/11/21The lady at the check in desk was absolutely great, so friendly and helpful. The room was spotless and comfortable.
09/11/21Great room, lovely welcome, good facilities, amazing price
08/11/21Really easy to find, and in an ideal location for whatever you plan to do in Oban. Check-in went smoothly, and the lady at reception was absolutely lovely! Really clean room + bathroom, and had a great night's sleep too.
08/11/21Lovely hostel. Comfy beds and the staff were so friendly and helpful. 10/10
06/11/21Lovely staff, extremely helpful and friendly. Hostel was perfect for days out on the ferry, very clean, warm and spacious room and friendly lounges. Didn't try the breakfast but dining room and guest kitchen clean and well organised. Relaxing, quiet stay; even the canine guests were very well behaved.
05/11/21Despite the necessary precauations taken because of Covis our short stay was very enjoyable made all the better by the friendly staff particularly Fiona and LauraThe view out our window was worth the price alone
02/11/21Great place to stay, good breakfast and very helpful knowledgeable staff.
01/11/21My second stay at this hostel and I have been really impressed on both occasions. Fantastic setting overlooking the sea and a warm welcome inside from Laura and Ken. Everything you need for a great stay.
28/10/21Brilliant. Friendly helpful staff. Planned my motorbike route for me. Brilliant drying room sorted my kit out and was a game changer. Amazing showers. Mega powerful and hot. The lady on reception was very knowledgeable or Scotland in general. Amazing place to stay ??
Craig Littlewood Huddersfield
23/10/21A wonderful welcome and stay for the family. So friendly and kind. Beautiful location. Got ID back into hostelling!
23/10/21Another wonderful stay, courtesy of the hostel keepers. Oban is a year round resort, a bit like Whitby. The shack is a 'must do' to get freshly cooked mussels etc. The ferry to the isles of Iona and Staffa another must do. I am now a digital nomad, and love the change of scenery youth hostels offer rather than just working from home. Also, hostelling provides opportunity to met people you would never come across (like post doctoral students). Most of all, time to stare and think!
21/10/21Excellent stay and very convenient location with good sea views!
21/10/21Great service super staff and facilities. Highly recomended.
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.
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.