Mull, Arran, Oban & West Coast: Bunkhouses, bothies & hostels

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This maps shows bunkhouses and hostels on the Isle of Mull and Iona, on Arran the Kintyre peninsula and the region of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland right up to Oban and beyond. Argyll and the Isles, especially the closer isles like Mull and Iona are among the easier Scottish island locations to visit. At only 33 miles from Glasgow, and accessible by steamer down the Clyde, in the summer months, the seaside resort Rothsay on Bute is a typical example. Bute is the most accessible westerly isle and is reached from the mainland. Here you can take the West Island Way long distance path or visit Scalpsie Bay. Or simply enjoy the views of the isle of Arran and the Cowal peninsula.

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Colonsay Backpackers Lodge

Colonsay Backpackers Lodge is located on a peaceful and idyllic Inner Hebridean island to the south of Mull which boasts magnificent sandy beaches, ancient forests and beautiful lochs. The place is teeming with wildlife which includes dolphins, seals, otters and many rare species of bird. There are ancient standing stones and a 14th century priory with exceptional carved Celtic tombstones. The famous Colonsay House gardens and café are open to visitors three times a week. The pub, café, shop and

Bute Backpackers Hostel

Bute Backpackers, a friendly independent hostel with panoramic views of Rothesay seafront, has 40 beds with a mixture of single, twin, double and family rooms. The main house has a sea front sun lounge with woodburner and open fire. The self-catering kitchen is equipped to the highest standard and there is a large seafront dining room with catering facilities. Some of the rooms are en suite and there are separate male and female showers and toilets on each level.

Corran House

Corran House is part of a Victorian terrace with magnificent seascapes across the bay to the Isle of Kerrera and the hills of Mull. There is a warm welcome for visitors and reasonably priced accommodation for singles, couples, families and groups. The house has a large self-catering kitchen, spacious TV lounge, comfortable, commodious, well appointed guest rooms and 4 bed dormitories with generous size beds. Most rooms have en suite facilities. Corran House is well situated for exploring Argyll and

Kilmory Lodge Bunkhouse

Kilmory Haven provides ideal group accommodation in a tranquil, rural setting. The Isle of Arran is one of the most accessible Scottish islands, only one hour by ferry from the mainland. It offers the visitor hill-walking, mountaineering, golf, fishing, cycling, pony trekking and a bewildering choice of extreme sports. The bunkhouse is affordable, modern, comfortable and able to sleep up to 23. All the bed linen is supplied, so there’s no need to bring anything except your towels and food!

Oban Backpackers

Whether you’re passing through Oban on the way to the Islands, or staying for a couple of days and exploring historic and beautiful Argyll, the original Oban Backpackers is a great place to stay, meet like minded people and probably end up staying longer than planned. Situated in the heart of the town Oban Backpackers is perfectly located to enable you to experience all Oban has to offer without burning a hole in your wallet. Completely refurbished in

Iona Hostel

’BEST ECO-HOSTEL IN SCOTLAND’ (GTBS). Tucked into the rocky outcrops at the north end of the island, Iona Hostel has spectacular views to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, and beyond Rhum to the Black Cuillins of Skye. The hostel is situated on the working croft of Lagandorain (the hollow of the otter). This land has been worked for countless generations, creating the familiar Hebridean patchwork of wildflower meadow, crops and grazing land, home to an amazing variety of plants

Torran Bay Hostel

With 16 en suite rooms and great views of Loch Awe, Torran Bay Hostel is the perfect base for a fantastic Highlands holiday. Free fishing from Torran Farm land is included, or why not venture out on the loch? Boat and canoe launching is available along with a large parking area. Boat hire can be arranged through the hostel. Just 30 miles from Oban, 13 miles from Lochgilphead and close to the Crinnan canal, Torran Bay is located at

Argyll Backpackers

Argyll Backpackers is a fabulous, brand new custom built, accessible hostel with stunning views across Loch Fyne to Arran and over to the Cowal hills. The hostel has rooms for 2,4,or 6, including three with en suite facilities. The spacious lounge / dining room has patio doors leading to a wrap round outside seating area. The well equipped kitchen has 3 distinct cooking areas including one accessible for wheelchair users. As it is located right on the A83

Campbeltown Backpackers

The Campbeltown Backpackers is housed in the Old Schoolhouse, a Grade B listed building. Offering easy access to the facilities of Campbeltown including swimming pool, gym, the “wee toon” cinema and Springbank, Kilkerran and Glen Scotia 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 wind surfing, surfing, mountain bike routes and other major cycle trails. Kintyre is full of cultural and historical

Craignure Bunkhouse

Craignure Bunkhouse is an eco-sensitive hostel in an atmospheric setting, close to Craignure Pier where the ferry arrives from Oban. Next to the bunkhouse is The Craignure Inn, a popular traditional inn offering food, drink and a welcoming atmosphere. Craignure is the hub for the island bus services and tourist information. The bunkhouse has a biomass boiler and solar powered heating. There are two rooms of 6 beds and two rooms of 4 beds, each with an en suite

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 cherish an opportunity to socialise with other guests. The communal spaces and affable staff promote a convivial, cooperative atmosphere where travellers from many different backgrounds have a chance to meet, exchange stories, and relax in an informal environment. The hostel offers basic but comfortable accommodation in private rooms and

Shieling Holidays

Right on the sea, with views to Ben Nevis. There are otters on site, and you may see porpoises, dolphins and eagles. Your accommodation is in shared Shielings, unique carpeted cottage tents, made on Mull, which are clean, bright and spacious and have real beds for 2, 4, or 6 people. Or you can hire a Shieling to yourself or stay in a self catering cottage. There are super showers, and a communal Shieling with woodburning stove, TV, payphone and

Mull is a great family holiday destination, ideal for eagle spotters and otter watchers. The isle of Iona a small island off the coast of Mull is a place of peace, a spiritual land with a Christian community. The hostels and bunkhouse on the island equipped for mountain bikers and cycle tourists, walkers and family holidays. Arran is the most southerly Scottish islands and easily reached from Glasgow.  Take the ferry from Brodick to Ardrossan. Visit Brodick Castle and the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum.  Visit Lamlash the largest village in Arran with overlooks Holy Island from  Lamlash Bay. Machrie Moor on Arran has stone circles and standing stones which you can explore on foot. The Kintyre peninsula, Knapdale and the mull of Kintyre are all worth exploring.  Climb the hill ‘Torr Mor’ while staying in hostels and bunkhouses near Campbeltown which produces Springbank malt whisky. Plan a visit to Bute and Argyll staying at Independent Hostels.

Hostels and bunkhouses in these locations are perfect for travelling among the isles around Argyll. With short stays of a single night welcome and shared areas and self-catering kitchens to meet other travellers, a journey between hostels in the Argyll and the Isles will create memories to last a lifetime.