…the pleasure of simple comfort…
They call themselves “The orginal Oban Backpackers”. Situated in the heart of Oban in Argyll, a coastal town with a bustling working harbour; of solid dependable buildings designed to shrug off the worst of the weather; overlooked by the whimsical coliseum of McCaig’s Tower, this hostel knows where its strengths lie.
Look at their website or any of the pictures online. You’ll see a fun and funky hostel full of young people smiling and enjoying whatever adventure they’re pursuing. Perhaps they’re off to catch a ferry out to Mull or the further islands. Perhaps there are Munros to be bagged. Or a kayak on the sea may be calling.
Delve deeper and you’ll find testimonies about the friendly staff, the impeccable facilities. Their website blurb talks about bed linen provided and powerful showers. I like that detail. It reminds me of times when the simple glory of hot, rushing shower seems like the greatest luxury the world has to offer. It reminds me of the clarity of mind brought on by outdoor exertions, of the pleasure of simple comfort after privations. Mmmmm.
By pushing these ideas to the front, Oban Backpackers make a tempting offer to the passing tourist.