Independent Hostels and Bunkhouses on Mull, Arran, the surrounding islands, around Argyll and in Oban.
Mull is a great family holiday destination, with plenty of things to see and do. Calgary Bay is home to one of the most accessible and photographed beaches in Scotland. This magical island with its rugged and enchanting scenery is ideal for eagle spotters and otter watchers, while the magnificent Duart Castle is a great family day out. A family visit to Mull could not be complete without a visit to Tobermory where the children’s TV program, Balamory, was filmed and where whale and dolphin watching trips set out. There is a choice of hostels providing friendly and flexible self catering accommodation on the Island of Mull as well as on many of the smaller surrounding islands.
View of Mull and the mountains beyond from Isle of Iona.
Iona, a small island off the coast of Mull, is a place of peace; a spiritual land with a small Christian community. Iona also has a very special hostel, which welcomes artists and travellers and offers them quiet sanctuary.
The Isle of Bute is renowned for its gardens and architecture, visit Ardencraig Gardens and Mount Stuart House. And for the golfers, Bute has 3 golf courses. Inland the Kintyre Peninsula, Knapdale and the Mull of Kintyre are all worth exploring. Visit the beach at Saddell where Paul McCartney and Wings filmed the video for their hit, ‘The Mull of Kintyre’. Climb the hill ‘Torr Mor’ while staying in a hostel or bunkhouses near Campbeltown and visit the Springbank malt whisky distillery. Hostels and bunkhouses in these locations are perfect for those travelling among the isles around Argyll.
Arran is the most southerly Scottish island and is easily reached from Glasgow. Take the ferry from Brodick to Ardrossan. Visit Brodick Castle, the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum and the Isle of Arran Distillery. Visit Lamlash the largest village in Arran with overlooks Holy Island from Lamlash Bay. While Machrie Moor on the Isle of Arran has stone circles and standing stones which you can explore on foot.
The lively port of Oban, known as ‘The Gateway to The Isles’ as the ferries to many of the Islands leave from here, also boasts a choice of hostels and bunkhouses. The ideal place to stop and relax before you take a ferry to the islands. With no minimum length of stay, single nights are easy to book at hostels and bunkhouses. Hostels with their communal areas and self-catering kitchens provide the perfect environment for you to meet other travellers, share stories and holiday tips. A journey around the hostels in Argyll and the Isles will create memories to last a lifetime.