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
25/05/22So friendly, great facilities (a special mention to bike shed/bike wash station) and delicious vegetarian breakfast. Thank you!
Sophie & Helen
24/05/22Sandie 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.
24/05/22Greeting 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.
23/05/22Fantastically clean and well run hostel.The staff are fantastic and go the extra mile .
21/05/22Friendly, comfortable and relaxed. Spotlessly clean. We stayed only one night ahead of catching a ferry, but would recommend
19/05/22What can we say. We stayed as a family of 4 (2 infants) and a dog. We don't come chaos free at all, bit the hostel was the perfect place and embraced what we were. Staff were so friendly and laid back. We wish we stayed longer. Will look at booking as a base for longer next time. Thank you
19/05/22Great hostel and location and brilliant staff!
16/05/22I have stayed at Oban hostel several times. It is always clean, tidy and welcoming. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They are also cheerful and chatty. Kitchen is clean and well equipped and the cooked breakfast excellent.
15/05/22I stayed four nights, and had an absolutely brilliant time despite the atrocious weather. And its all pretty much down to my fellow hostellers, and the top quality staff there who are genuinely super helpful. I arrived with my bike for which there's secure storage, the drying room sorts out wet kit in no time, the dorm room beds are properly comfortable, and the showers are fantastic. Mix those things with the great time and chat with fellow travellers staying there and you've a great experience
13/05/22Staff were friendly and helpful. Place was very clean and well organised. Would definitely stay here again.
13/05/22The welcome and the quality of accommodation at Oban YH are excellent.
12/05/22The staff were tremendously friendly and helpful, the shower was great and the bed was comfortable. I'd pick this hostel over a hotel without hesitation.
10/05/22Great stay at Oban yh .as always.3 nights. Staff are all so friendly and very helpful, and the chef dose a great breakfast . It was great to meet people from other countries . Went to the Isle of Mull for the day ferry from Oban pier to craignure pier . Rtn fayre only £7.80 adult. And the craignure/Tobermory bus was waiting ,50 minute journey £13 rtn. Or free with NEC pass. Plenty to do and see in Mull , the scenary from the ferry is Stunningly Beautiful.
10/05/22i stayed for 2 nightscracking location! loved the atmosphere i would definatltey like to go back
09/05/22Excellent standard of youth hostel with some of the best views in Scotland. Friendly and helpful staff ran a tight ship - very clean, good atmosphere, nicely prepared breakfast, etc. Showers are extremely powerful (painful) though and need some adjusting. Bed duvets are a little warm for this time of year, even without the heating really on.
08/05/22Nicely situated, good welcome. Good beds, clean and good showers. Good facilities. Recommended
07/05/22Stayed in main building. Superb staff always attentive and clean comfortable facilities. Bed sheeting was already made up on arrival yippeeeeee! Excellent continental breakfast, fill your boots. Also well supplied self catering section which was also comfortable and didn't make you feel like a pariah which some hostels do.
06/05/22My favourite hostel in Scotland. Staff are fantastic and hostel is beautiful as well as immaculately clean. Wouldn't stay anywhere else in Oban.
04/05/22The hostel was so clean. I was welcomed when I arrived and shown how to get to my room which was lovely and clean. I was able to work in the lounge with great WiFi access and again this space was very clean.
01/05/22Reception was welcomming and helpful. I shared a dormitory which was really comfortable with shower and separate toilet and hand basins, very clean, comfortable beds and very good bedding and helpful storage space. I received good advice on how to fill my time between ferry and train and had a tasty continetal breakfast. A very pleasant and enjoyable stay. It is near the centre and the train station and ferry pier and easy to find.
28/04/22Overall excellent and nothing could be improved!
26/04/22Friendly staff and great location
24/04/22Very comfortable. Easy access to Oban. Finally was helpful and welcoming. Highly recommend
19/04/22Staff that went above and beyond, can't praise the girl on reception enough for her help.
15/04/22Amazing location. Good facilities and welcoming staff.
15/04/22From start to finish our stay was excellent. At check the process was very efficient and helpful. Our room was exactly what we wanted. We had our dog with us and everything was clear on that score. We used the kitchen which was great and nice to talk to other guests. Very good location. We would certainly recommend it to friends and family and hopefully stay again.
12/04/22It was great! I had a really good time.
10/04/22Excellent seafront location, friendly and helpful receptionist, clean and comfortable room what more could you want. Dispite road outside and number of people in and around hostel room was quiet. Very welcoming for dogs too.
09/04/22An excellent 4 night stay at Oban Youth Hostel. Superb friendly staff who couldn't do enough for us. The hostel is well equipped and conveniently located a short walk from the centre of Oban. Everything is super clean and tidy.
07/04/22Staff were so accommodating, thank you!
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.