Mull, Arran & Oban: Bunkhouses, hostels & bothies

Self catering bunkhouses & hostels
mull arran and oban

This maps shows bunkhouses and hostels in Oban, on the Islands of Mull, Arran, Iona, Bute, Coll, Kerrera, Tiree, Colonsay and on the Kintyre peninsula. These provide flexible self catering accommodation ideal for tourists, family holidays and groups. Argyll and the Isles, especially the Isles of Arran and Bute which are the most southerly Scottish islands, are all easily accessible from Glasgow. Mull is ideal for eagle and otter watchers and the town of Tobermory is famous as a setting for the children’s program Balamory. Iona is a place of peace with a christian community. Arran has meadows, mountains, prehistoric stones and picturesque coastal villages. Visit the Kintyre Peninsula or the vibrant town of Oban, the port for ferries to many islands known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. These bunkhouses and hostels offer a friendly welcome to cyclists, tourists, walkers and families.

Mull, Arran & Oban
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    Torran Bay Hostel

    With 16 en suite rooms, Torran Bay Hostel lies at the southern end of Loch Awe and offers the perfect base for your Highland holiday. Enjoy excellent free fishing or launch your boat from Torran Farm land and spend the day on the 25 mile long loch. Other activities include hiking, cycling, bird watching or golf. Prices includes continental breakfast and all rooms have TV, DVD and WiFi.

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    Shieling Holidays

    Stay in a Shieling Tent on the Isle of Mull. Choose from private en suite or standard Sheilings, budget-bed tents for small groups or book a bed in the Shared Shieling Hostel Tent. Clean, bright & spacious, there's also a tented common room with basic kitchen facilities, multi-fuel stove, free WiFi and TV. Views across Craignure Bay and towards Ben Nevis. Otters live on the site, wildlife abounds & eagles soar above.

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    Campbeltown Backpackers

    The Campbeltown Backpackers is housed in the Old Schoolhouse, a Grade B listed building. The hostel offers easy access to the facilities of Campbeltown including swimming pool, gym, cinema and distillery tours. It is a good stop along the Kintyre Way which gives walkers spectacular views of the surrounding islands. The area also enjoys very good windsurfing, surfing, mountain bike routes and other major cycle trails.

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    Inveraray Hostel

    The historic town of Inveraray, on the western shore of Loch Fyne, is a superb location for exploring Scotland's Southern Highlands and Islands. Inverarary Hostel is perfect for independent holidaymakers who enjoy socialising with other guests from many different backgrounds. The hostel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in private rooms & shared dorms, an excellent self-catering kitchen, communal dining area and a cosy wee lounge.

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    Backpackers Plus Oban

    Many people's favourite hostel thanks to its friendly atmosphere, the beautiful seaside town setting and its excellent facilities. Enjoy free WiFi, free breakfast, free all-day hot drinks, clean spacious rooms, secure bike storage, laundry service, communal areas, strong hot showers, comfortable beds and a well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The lively town of Oban has direct ferry access to the many beautiful Scottish Isles.

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    Millhouse Hostel

    Tiree is an idyllic Hebridean island surrounded by white beaches and crystal clear seas. Perfect for outdoor pursuits & wildlife enthusiasts, Millhouse offers you 4* facilities and free WiFi. You can hire bikes, visit the lighthouse museum, watch the seals or enjoy watersports at Loch Bhasapol (200m away). For walkers Tiree Pilgrimage route passes close by. Tiree has a resident RSPB warden and there are handy bird and otter hides for you to use.

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    Iona Hostel

    Tucked into the rocky outcrops on a working croft, Iona Eco Hostel has spectacular views of the isles and mountains beyond. The land has been worked for generations, creating the familiar Hebridean patchwork of wildflower meadow, crops and grazing land. It offers quiet sanctuary for those that seek it, within easy reach of island activities. Whether travelling on your own, with friends, or as a group, Iona Hostel promises a warm welcome. Tourist board 4 star. Green Tourism Gold.

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    Colonsay Backpackers Lodge

    Come to Colonsay Backpackers Lodge and savour the idyll of this Inner Hebridean island. Explore the magnificent sandy beaches, ancient forests and beautiful lochs. Wildlife abounds; spot dolphins, seals, otters and many rare birds. The pub, café & shop are 3 miles away. Or buy fresh lobster, crab and oysters from the fishing boats. The lodge is a refurbished former gamekeeper’s house with bothies. Centrally heated, it has 2 twin, 3 twin bunk and 2 three-bedded rooms. Free Wifi.

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    Coll Bunkhouse

    Coll Bunkhouse 5* self-catering hostel accommodation is a mile from the ferry terminal & close to local amenities. Ideal for groups or individuals, short or longer stays. A half hour from the mainland by plane, under 3 hours by ferry. This beautiful Hebridean island is ideal for walking, stargazing, wildlife, cycling, water sports or chilling amidst stunning scenery. Visit quiet and beautiful spaces and beaches and enjoy fine island hospitality. A warm welcome awaits you.

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    Argyll Backpackers

    If you enjoy spectacular views and watching wildlife in modern comfortable self-catering accommodation then you'll love Argyll Backbackers! Located on the banks of Loch Fyne, just minutes from Cycle Route 78 in the hamlet of Inverneil and perfect for island hopping to/from Arran and Islay. You'll be able to stock up on supplies from Tarbert or Ardrishaig / Lochgilphead, depending on your route.

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    Craignure Bunkhouse

    Craignure, a superior eco-sensitive bunkhouse, purpose built in 2014, is the perfect base for your Mull adventure. Set on the water's edge close to the ferry port, there's the Craignure Inn next door for traditional island hospitality. The 4 well-appointed bunkrooms have en suite showers and there's a spacious well appointed communal area with kitchen, ample dining and relaxing space.

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    Oban Backpackers

    Perfectly situated in the heart of Oban, the gateway to the Isles, just 10 mins' walk from the bus, train & ferry terminals. This friendly hostel is a great place to stay and unwind. The fabulous sociable lounge has a real fire, pool table, free WiFi, comfy sofas and unlimited free hot drinks. The kitchen is fully equipped, perfect for cooking your favourite meals. Large dorm beds come complete with bedding including 2 comfy pillows. The hot powerful showers are legendary! Knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you make the most of your time in Oban.

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    Achaban House

    On the beautiful Ross of Mull, Achaban House is perfect for those wanting luxurious B&B on the Ross of Mull with the option to self-cater. Close to the Fionnphort ferry to Iona & day trips to Staffa, Lunga & the Treshnish Isles. Ideal for walkers, cyclists or wildlife lovers. Rooms are en suite or with private bathrooms, breakfast is included. Larger groups welcome at the Ross Of Mull Bunkrooms next door (also in this guide).

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    Corran House

    Experience a warm welcome & value accommodation in Oban for singles, couples, families and groups. Enjoy a large self-catering kitchen, spacious TV lounge, comfortable rooms & big beds. Corran House is perfect for exploring Argyll and the inner Hebrides & is close to the bus, train and ferry. Downstairs try Markie Dans bar for tasty meals, live music and great Highland hospitality.

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    Ross Of Mull Bunkrooms

    Ross of Mull Bunkrooms are located less than a mile from the ferry link to Iona at Fionnphort. Ideal for exploring the superb wildlife, rich history, shell-sand beaches and unspoilt environment of the Ross of Mull, loved by outdoor enthusiasts. The perfect base for day trips to Staffa, the Treshnish Isles and Iona. There is a well-equipped kitchen, woodburner and stunning views. Larger groups could consider Achaban House (also in this guide) next door which sleeps 14.

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    Bute Backpackers Hostel

    Bute Backpackers is a well established 4* hostel, located on the seafront of Rothesay, Isle of Bute. It accommodates up to 45 people in 14 bedrooms (single/twin/double/family, some en suite). The main house has a sea front sun lounge with TV, free WiFi, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen & a laundry room. There are regular live music sessions & open mic nights. Plenty of free on street parking and a secure bike shed.

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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 from Iona

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.

Mull and Iona view from bunkhouse

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.

Ceilidh in Oban at Corran House Hostel

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.