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.

Take a quick trip to the Gateway to the Isles

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

Why stay?

  • 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

For information on our COVID-19 practices and what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ’s section. Please also be aware of Scottish Government guidance when making your booking.

Oban Youth Hostel

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Corran Esplanade, Oban, Argyll PA34 5AF Get Directions

Facilities & Services


Open all year

Reception Hours

07:00 - 10:00 and 16:00 - 22:00

Check in

16:30 - 21:30 (late check in by prior arrangement with the hostel)

Check out

Check out by 10am

Access Hours

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

Free Wifi

Private Rooms

En Suite Rooms

Family Rooms

Group catering packages available on request and by prior arrangement

Catering Available (Breakfast Only)

Suitable for Groups

Packed Lunches Available

Alcohol Licence

Lounge/TV Room

Laundry Room

Towel Hire

Drying Room

Secure Lockers

Luggage Store

Bike Store

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Shopping Nearby

Access with limited mobility

Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen

Guest Reviews

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.


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