arrived on Arran on Friday evening and got bus (£2.95) to Lochranza Youth hostel were the driver kindly dropped us at the door. Got sorted with a four bedded - 2 bunk beds dorm for £21 a night (£19 if you are a member of youth hostel) I struggled to open my locker if the one above mine was locked but luckily it was left open and i wasn't worried about locking anything up. Beds and room temperature were good and the option of two sitting rooms with plenty space was much appreciated. There did appear to be some sort of fan or extractor which was a bit irritating at night time but earplugs solved that.
Take as many provisions with you as there is no shop in Lochranza. There is everything you will need in the kitchen area with plenty storage space for dry and chilled foods as well as tape/pens to label everything... The kitchen was a bit busy in the morning given the time it has to be vacated by but on our last day a lovely single female moved table so my friends and i could sit together.
Trying to visit the rest of the island on public transport is a challenge we bought a £5.40 all day ticket but had to return on the 16.20 bus from Broddick on a saturday as this was the last available bus....we did try to arrange a taxi but that proved impossible.
Lochranza hotel had Friday night entertainment and the food was lovely, cost £10 -£12 for a main course. Lochranza was beautiful and as others have commented has some very friendly red deer
The only down side of the accommodation was lack of female facilities on first floor. There was one designated female toilet located alongside 2 wonderfully powerful showers and a tiny washand basin, hand drier and hair dryer. The space in this shower/toilet was totally inadequate for the number of female visitors staying on the weekend i visited. If someone is trying to use the hairdryer they need to move to let people into the toilet and move again to give access to washand basin - and god help the folk trying to get in and out of showers at this time too.....There was an additional unisex toilet next door with basin which was much needed however please sort out ladies facilites why have 2 maleshower/toilets and only one female. There was a toilet downstairs but this couldn't be used between 11pm and 7 am.
- 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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- Lochranza Youth Hostel Isle Of Arran