Welcome to the funkiest, comfiest backpackers accommodation in the gorgeous seaside town of Oban! Great staff, central location and a warm welcome.
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 the place for you!
Our funky hostel is part of the Jo-Jo's Hostels’ chain and we look forward to welcoming you to Oban.
Translated from its Gaelic tongue to mean ‘small bay’, Oban is an idyllic horseshoe bay sheltered from the Atlantic by the isle of Kerrera. Also known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, this is the largest port in North West Scotland and boasts spectacular views across to the Hebridean islands. In particular, the view at dusk from McCaig’s Tower provides a sunset you are unlikely to forget. Like any small port, there is a lot going on in Oban; the bustle of fishing boats, ferries, yachts and sea birds make the waterfront a lovely place to be.
The Original Oban Backpackers is perfectly located to enable you to make the most of your time in Oban. Our friendly hostel has everything you will need after a great day out exploring.
Our spacious, bright dorm rooms have all been recently refurbished and offer wide comfy beds that come complete with fitted sheets, duvets and 2 comfy pillows. Our powerful hot showers are available 24 hours and are guaranteed to leaving you feeling refreshed and ready for your next adventure.
We have a fully equipped self-catering kitchen that has everything you will need to cook your favourite meal and plenty of storage space and fridges available for you to use.
We serve an optional breakfast of cereal, toast, fruit juice and a freshly baked Scottish scone. You can have a 'wee bit of everything' for just £2.00 or simply prepare your own. The choice is yours!
Our funky living room boasts plenty of comfy sofas, a pool table, a fabulous real coal fire, loads of useful local information, games, free WiFi, an Internet Café Style computer and as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you can drink! It’s a great place to relax and meet like-minded travellers so what are you waiting for?
Our staff are a friendly bunch who know the local area like the backs of their hands so don’t hesitate to pick their brains when you are planning your Oban adventure.
We also offer the following:
Free Hostel Booking Service
Free use of Hair Dryer & Straighteners
Our hostel is entirely smoke-free. Breakfast is available for £2
Availability & RatesTo view availability and prices please select dates and click 'Update Dates'
Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Age Restriction
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Breakfast Not Included
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free WiFi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Jobs Board
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Non Smoking
- Pool Table
- Safe Deposit Box
- Steam Room
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
If any guest within your booking is under the age of 18 you MUST contact us before making the reservation online
Please bring photographic identification with you as you will need it to be able to check in to our hostel. (Sorry! It�s a legal requirement)
As our accommodation is comprised of dorm rooms, we can only accept families with children if the whole room has been booked for sole occupancy. We cannot accommodate children in dorm rooms with other guests.
Unfortunately, due to past experiences, we are unable to accommodate stag or hen parties.
Cancellations made more than 24 hours prior to arrival will receive a 90% refund.
Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to arrival are non-refundable.
(Please note that in order to receive a 90% refund; you must cancel prior to 12.00 noon the day before your booking is due to commence)
DirectionsShow MapHide Map
Directions to Oban Backpackers:
If arriving into Oban from the North:
Follow the A85 into Oban and as you arrive you will start to drive down a steep hill. Take the first left hand turn into Deanery Brae beside the Arbour Guest House. At the next junction, turn right onto Breadalbane Street. Follow this road along and you will see our hostel on your left hand side. Just look out for the red arch windows. There is metered parking outside the hostel or our staff can direct you to a nearby free car park.
If arriving from the South:
Follow the A816 Soroba Road towards Oban. As you arrive into Oban go straight on at the roundabout by the Fire Station. Follow the road along to a set of traffic lights beside the high school. Go straight on at the lights and continue to the town centre. At the roundabout at Argyll Square, turn right onto Airds Place. Follow this road along the seafront and past Oban Bay until you reach a roundabout at the end of the promenade. Take the second exit at this roundabout heading up the hill. At the next roundabout, take the first exit and continue up the hill. Then take the first right hand turn into Deanery Brae beside the Arbour Guest House. At the next junction, turn right onto Breadalbane Street. Follow this road along and you will see our hostel on your left hand side. Just look out for the red arch windows. There is metered parking outside the hostel or our staff can direct you to a nearby free car park.
By Bus & Train & Ferry:
From the bus, train & ferry terminals in the centre of town, follow George Street with the sea on your left. The road will fork twice; stick to the right both times, and we're just up past the Cinema and Taj Mahal Indian restaurant on your RIGHT hand side. Look out for the red arch windows!
If you are using Sat Nav or GPS our postcode is PA34 5NZ
If you need any help finding us or have any questions about the hostel or your booking, please give us a call on 01631 562 107
Our centrally located hostel is just a 10 minute stroll from the bus, train & ferry terminals.
Reception is open from 07.00 - 22.30. Check in is from 14.30. If you are arriving in the afternoon, you are welcome to come in, put your bags in our secure luggage room, relax and help yourself to free cup of Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate and our free WiFi codes are on display throughout our living room.