Oban Youth Hostel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AF, United Kingdom

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Oban Youth Hostel
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Satisfaction Excellent
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 79% less and rated 17% higher than other 4 star hotels

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    The Best Hostel We've Seen


    A "5-Star Hostel" seems something of a contradiction in terms, but this is indeed the rating of Oban Youth Hostel, and with good reason. The hostel is located in a mansion right along Oban Bay, surrounded by luxury hotels sporting far larger price tags. We were fortunate enough to book a 3-bed family room on the top floor with private shower and WC for GBP 69 per night. Those with more modest budgets can book beds on the lower floors, or in the row house behind the mansion, for as low as GBP 15.

    For our part, we were very happy with the room and its lovely view of the bay. The shower was fine, though you need to access it through something of a secret door just to your left as you enter the room. The facilities were first rate, featuring common dining and self-catering rooms with picture-window views of the bay. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful, and (given that Minifrosch was not exactly on his best behavior) tolerant.

    Not that the hostel was absolutely perfect, of course. While you have private facilities, be aware the water in the room is not safe to drink, so be sure to have bottled water on hand (though the night warden was nice enough to let me sneak into the kitchen for a glass of water). The motion-activated lights in the shower and WC were quirky, with lights suddenly turning on in the middle of the night and turning off in the middle of a shower. Laundry is available for a fee, though many of the machines were out of order. If the dryer isn't working, a heated drying room is available to hang your clothes. Finally, the wi-fi and internet (cost GBP 1 per 15 minutes) were extremely balky, and download times were so slow that we simply gave up.

    All of the above nitpicks notwithstanding, this hostel was far and away the best hostel we've ever used, and we would not hesitate to stay here again given the opportunity.

    Unique Quality: - Peaceful, family-friendly hostel
    - Common areas and many rooms with superior views
    - Well-equipped common kitchen
    - Friendly and attentive staff

    Directions: About a 15-minute walk from the train station/town center along the east side of the bay, just past St. Columba's Cathedral.

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    This is the SYHA hostel in Oban. Its right on the esplanade with fantastic views over the harbour and islands. There are good self catering kitchen facilities with dining area and internet access. Its about a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of town. Breakfast is no longer included although you can order a pre-packed breafast from reception.

    Directions: On the Esplanade along the road to Ganavan Sands

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group dining on a budget

by rcburli

I'll be in Oban in July with a group of 15 (teenagers and adults).
We have $25 US dollars/per person for lunch and dinner.
Any suggestions would be appreciated, and just because the group includes teenagers we would like seafood options, etc.

RE: group dining on a budget

by hawkhead

That about £12.50 for two meals. You could have fish and chips for lunch, and then have about £9 or so for the evening meal. Not a great deal and I think you will be limited to fast food/chain meals, as opposed to a proper restaurant.

Re: group dining on a budget

by antz

Please let me know if you managed this? And if so, how you did it?

Travel Tips for Oban

Views from the Sound of Mull

by CdnJane

One of my favourite views as I'm on the ferry out of Oban to or from the Isle of Mull is this view along the Sound of Mull. The clouds indicated rain... and we got drenched, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the view.


by scottishvisitor

Seafreedom Kayaks offer courses to beginners and more experienced kayakers. The tuition is offered in small groups and is available from May until October. You can sail the open sea or various lochs around the Argyll area.
Please note this tip is already starred because I changed the sport. No equipment is necessary as all can be hired from the company. You may want to bring your own wet suit but these are also available in various sizes.

Ben Nevis

by keeweechic

Ben Nevis stands at 1344 metres and overlooks Fort William. It is the highest mountain in Britain and is now owned by the John Muir Trust. Nevis comes from the Gaelic work for heavy or clouds. The top is covered in snow for most of the winter and spring and the summit is shrouded by clouds for about 300 days of the year.

Watch a sunset

by bicycle_girl

My free activity by excellence! Sunsets make you slow down and realize how precious life is. For some reason I notice the sunsets much more when I travel than when I am home... This one was totally mesmerizing!!!

Iona Abbey

by ghweeh

One of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563. After having enjoyed over 200 years of tranquility, Iona was raided by Norsemen and all the religious buildings were later broken up. The abbey and monastic buildings were restored in 1938. In the burial ground, lies the remains of over 60 Scottish, Irish and Norse Kings.


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