Kerrera Bunkhouse, Lower Gylen, Isle of Kerrera, By Oban, Argyll PA34 4SX
Located on the island of Kerrera off the coast from Oban, overlooking the stunning Gylen Castle and coast, Kerrera Bunkhouse can sleep 7 people, all bedding supplied. Self-cater using the small kitchen equipped with cooker/oven, sink, pots, pans and crockery, microwave and fridge with a small freezer compartment. Basics like tea, coffee, salt, pepper, washing up liquid, are supplied but please bring everything else as there are no shops on the island. Lunches available in the Kerrera Tea Garden next door. Toilet and showers are in an adjoining block (BYO towels). Larger group? Hang out in the Byre (£25pn) a converted cow shed- with wood-burning stove, sofas, comfy seats and a large dining table. No TV or phone signal. A bell tent on a purpose built platform has a comfy double bed (bedding provided), a wood burner and adjacent sheltered cooking area, commands stunning views of the Firth or Lorne with many islands dotted in the distance including Seil, Jura, Colonsay, Mull and the Garvellachs.This accommodation is featured on our map of West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Hebrides and here is its own website.
or call Aideen and Martin Shields on
01631 566 367
Bunkhouse 7: 1×4, 1×3 double/twin + single. Bell tent: 1×2
All year, 10am to 6pm. No curfew.
Bunkhouse: sole use £100, £80 thereafter. The Byre £25 (inc firewood), Bell tent: £45 (inc firewood)
Essential due to ferry restrictions. Contact for long term booking deals.
From the ferry terminal take the path on the left, taking you south along the coast (50 min walk). Follow the teapots!
Ferries from Gallanach Road, 1.5m south of Oban https://www.calmac.co.uk/destinations/kerrera 50 min walk to Kerrera Bunkhouse (pick ups can be arranged)
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Bijou, beautiful, light and welcoming
On their website, Kerrera Bunkhouse, describe it as, “a great example of how to make a small space work to accommodate up to 7 (friendly) people! In times gone by, farmers would have kept animals in here but we have a human only policy now and have refurbished the place to reflect this.”
You get a sense of the warmth and good humour of the people don’t you?
The bunkhouse has a small kitchen with all the essentials, toilets and showers are in a separate block and the Kerrara Tea Garden is next door for lovely lunches.
Bijou, beautiful, light and welcoming. I’m referring to the bunkhouse and the Island. Kerrera is the island that dominates the view as you take a ferry from Oban. It is a pretty small island. A few roads, no shops and the great craggy dinosaur-backed mountains dominating the interior. There are 45-ish people resident on the island and it is peaceful. Let’s underline that word shall we? Peaceful. Stunning views of crags and moors in every direction. Shaggy Highland cows with their long horns and comical fringes might be your only companions.
Soon your feet will take you to Gylen Castle, a lonely and noble ruin overlooking the sea. There’s a Turner sketch in the Tate that goes someway to capturing the drama and beauty of the spot.
Returning to the Bunkhouse as night falls, you know you are in a blessed place. The stars light up, unsullied by light pollution and the night sky is rammed: more stars than blackness.