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Lochranza Youth Hostel
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Always coming back”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

I have stayed at the youth hostel during all my three visits to this beautiful island over a span of 2 years, and always have the same delightful experience.
The first two visits, I was travelling alone and stayed in the dorms. The bunk beds are surprisingly comfortable and if you are armed with ear plugs and eye masks, good sleep is possible even in the dorm.
My last visit was in September 2012 with my parents and we booked a room for us. They too were overwhelmed by the facilities of this youth hostel.

I have only the best things to say about this place. Location, accessibility, staff, facilities, cleanliness - it is spot on everywhere. Having stayed in a number of other SYHA hostels, this one is my favourite and am sure will continue to stay so.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Stayed 2 nights in September in twin room. Excellent facilities in room. Good size well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The whole inside has had much money spent on its renovation. Good location and friendly staff. Car is an advantage to get to rest of island.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Stayed in September 2012, its a very clean, smartly renovated place, and ok priced. But for the location, and the building, its rather souless and dreary compared to many hostels. For those using public transport it struggles in terms of value against cheap end B&Bs at the southern end of Arran which have better public transport links.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Stayed here 20 July 12 and found it fantastic. It was spottless and very modern. What a fantastic kitchen. We had a room for 4 with private bathroom. The beds were very comfortable(but another pillow was needed). The room was small but it accommodated 3 women no problem. The bathroom and particluar the shower, was amazing, really hot and powerful.
It is the same price as the b&B in Lochrannza, but you have great facilities,ie drying room, laundry, sitting room ect.
We had continental breakfast and a packed lunch, both were very good value,fresh and just right!
The two young guys who worked here, were very, very helpful.
I would definatley go back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Aussie in Edinburgh
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Had an overnight stay at Lochranza SYHA, it was great and ticked all the boxes - clean, fresh, comfy and affordable. The self-catering kitchen is fabulous! Check-in staff really friendly and helpful, and the cleaning staff in the morning were chatty and keen to give tips on the best places to go to spot seals :-) Had the delight of seeing a number of red deer venture down in the hostel grounds to graze, was really lovely. The only (very slight) negative is that there didn't seem to be much atmosphere, but I think that's down to most people being there for outdoor pursuits and doing the 'early to bed, early to rise' approach! (We weren't!) Overall, a really good experience, would recommend.

Room Tip: Be aware that Lochranza is a tiny village! Apparently there are only 2 places to eat there - we wen...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Stayed there for few nights with our friends. Helpful staff, gave us separate rooms for no extra cost!

Just after refurbishment, en-suite bathrooms with showers, extra showers in the corridor for crowded mornings, amazing kitchen with everything you need from small parties to big events. Wifi, lounge (separated from the dining area) with TV to relax, comps.. I would just live there if I could :-) And I would give extra star for the staff if it was possible. Good job there! :-)

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Black Creek, Canada
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

It was a very spontaneous decision to stay here (cheapest bed and breakfast at the ferry terminal was 100 pounds!) so we opted for the Hostel. Best one I've ever stayed in. Commercial kitchen, cubbieholes for 'stuff', bunk beds comfy. (okay, the blanket was a little narrow, but only because I'm not on the narrow spectrum! I won't hold that against them!) Clean, extremely organized, well-laid out. We were very happy with it. P.S. the bus drivers on the island on fabulous! Will drop you off and pick you up anywhere.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Lochranza Youth Hostel
Address: Lochranza KA27 8HL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Isle of Arran > Lochranza
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Lochranza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As winner of the prestigious Green Tourism Business Goldstar Award 2011, Lochranza Youth Hostel is ranked as one of the UKs top ten greenest businesses. Lochranza Youth Hostel offers excellent budget and group accommodation but is also family friendly with private en-suite rooms, a spacious self-catering kitchen and laundry service available. Lochranza Youth Hostel is situated on the banks of Loch Ranza, opposite a 13th-century ruined castle in beautiful countryside. The youth hostel is also located on the Cock of Arran trail, which provides a beautifully scenic low level trek. The youth hostel garden is a great spot to watch wildlife, including red deer, red squirrel, grey seals, otters and golden eagles. Lochranza Youth Hostel benefits from a great bus connection and the bus stop is only 5 minutes walk away. Wi-Fi during your stay: We do our best to deliver a free Wi-Fi service but apologise that connectivity, particularly in our rural locations, can be intermittent due to the level of our current broadband provision along with high usage when the youth hostel is busy. Please be assured we are endeavouring to improve where we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding. ... more   less 
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