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 and on the Kintyre peninsula. These provide self catering accommodation ideal for tourists, family holidays and groups. Argyll and the Isles, especially the Isle of Arran and Bute are the most southerly Scottish islands, 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’. Stay in these bunkhouses and hostels for a friendly welcome for cyclists, tourists, walkers and families.

Mull, Arran & Oban
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  • Profile picture of Kilmory Lodge Bunkhouse

    Kilmory Lodge Bunkhouse

    Kilmory Haven provides a perfect stay on The Isle of Arran. Enjoy hill-walking, mountaineering, golf, fishing, cycling, pony trekking and many extreme sports. The bunkhouse is modern, well equipped & comfortable. All the bedlinen is supplied, just bring your towels and food! Sole use is available. Attached to the bunkhouse, the village hall offers extra rooms and an auditorium at extra cost. Families, clubs, schools, stag & hen parties are welcome. Next door is the 1934 Club (bar) which opens Sat/Sun.

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    Argyll Backpackers

    If you enjoy spectacular views and watching wildlife in modern comfortable accommodation then you’ll definitely love Argyll Backbackers! Just minutes from Cycle Route 78 at the hamlet of Inverneil and centrally located for island hopping, our hostel offers double rooms, en-suite rooms for 4 or 6 guests as well as twin rooms. You’ll be able to stock up on supplies from Tarbert or Ardrishaig / Lochgilphead, depending on your route.

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    Shieling Holidays

    The perfect base for all Mull, right on the sea, with views to Ben Nevis, your accommodation is in shared Shielings. Unique carpeted cottage tents which are clean, spacious & have real beds for 2, 4, or 6 people. Or hire a private Shieling or a self-catering cottage. There are super showers, a communal Shieling with woodburning stove, TV & launderette. Free WiFi. Campfire. Bike hire. Stroll to the ferry, pub, café, shops, and swimming pool. Catch the bus for Tobermory, Iona & Staffa.

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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, a purpose built wooden building, is perfect for independent holidaymakers who enjoy socialising with other guests from many different backgrounds. The hostel offers basic but comfortable accommodation in private rooms and dorms, there’s an excellent self catering kitchen plus dining and sitting areas.

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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 MarkieDans bar for tasty meals, live music and great highland hospitality.

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    Oban Backpackers

    Perfectly situated in the heart of Oban, “the Gateway to the Isles”, the hostel allows you to experience all Oban has to offer without burning a hole in your wallet. Completely refurbished in 2013, there’s a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable, wide, ready made up beds in the dorms waiting for you. The big cosy lounge, with a real fire, pool table, free hot drinks, WiFi, musical instruments games and a book swap make it a great place to stay and unwind. What’s more it is just a 10 minute stroll to the bus, train and ferry terminals

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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. Boats can be hired via the hostel. Other activities include hiking, cycling, bird watching or golf

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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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  • Profile picture of Colonsay Backpackers Lodge

    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.

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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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    Bute Backpackers Hostel

    Bute Backpackers 4* hostel enjoys idyllic views of Rothesay sea front. With 40 beds in single, twin, double & family rooms (some en suite), the main house has a sea front sun lounge, a fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and a panoramic dining room. There’s a separate self-contained cottage dorm. Sky TV, internet, WiFi, drying & laundry add to your comfort. Private parking for 12 cars and secure bike shed.

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    Coll Bunkhouse

    Coll Bunkhouse five star hostel accommodation, a mile from the ferry terminal & close to local amenities. Ideal for groups or individuals, short or longer stays and those who like to self cater. A half hour from the mainland by plane or 2 hour 40 minutes by ferry gives you the chance to enjoy wonderful views on this beautiful Hebridean island with opportunities for walking, stargazing, wildlife-spotting, cycling, water sports or just chilling amidst stunning scenery. Visit some of our quiet and beautiful spaces and beaches and enjoy fine island hospitality in the village. A warm welcome awaits you.

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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 wind surfing, surfing, mountain bike routes and other major cycle trails.

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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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Independent Hostels and Bunkhouses on Mull, Arran around Argyll and in Oban

Mull is a great family holiday destination, ideal for eagle spotters and otter watchers, and there is a choice of hostels providing friendly self catering accommodation on the island. The isle of Iona a small island off the coast of Mull is a place of peace,a spiritual land with a Christian community,and here a very special hostel exists welcoming artists and travelers to stop a while. 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.