The outside of the hostel was quite a mess both front and back. The warden was rather unhelpful when asked about somewhere to put the bikes under cover. . The bedroom was cold. I wouldn’t recommend it.
- Free Parking
- Breakfast included
Nice place to be able to check into straight off the ferry. It is a basic hostel with clean and tidy facilities. It is not the ritz of hostels but more than adequate, better than a few we have paid more for. It does not appear to have enough beds to get very crowded and thus is quite pleasant. Hosts were great and fellow residents friendly. The lounge dining area has character character. Having to pay extra for a shower was bit novel, but the rates were below average so I guess that is fine. Our private twin room upstairs had a roof window that overlooked the bay which was nice.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Dunard Hostel for 2 nights last weekend. The location is superb, literally a few minutes walk from the ferry port, you can actually see it from there! The hostel itself was fine. The rooms were very clean, the kitchen was very organised and tidy. We stayed in the lodge attachment of the hostel, which I found pleasant as it was separate to the other rooms, therefore quieter at night. During the day though, the lodge extension was used by kayakers who could use the kitchen/lounge and bathroom facilities in the lodge extension. That made it quite noisey and crowded, but usually you would not be in the hostel during that time as the hostel rules advice you not to be in the hostel between 10am-1pm in order for them to clean the rooms. They offer kayaking tours which interested us but the tour was canceled on the day we wanted to go due to wind. They also offer bike hire and have free wifi.
In general our stay at the hostel was pleasant but there were a few things I'd like to point out. There was no lock on our bedroom door, it is only possible to look the door from the inside. Quite unsettling if you have expensive items in your room, however, they provide lockers for this (at a fee). The owners were very nice but they weren't present for much of our stay. It was actually quite difficult to find them in order to pay for our stay, which I found strange!
Overall, for a couple of nights stay I'd recommend it!
Spent the night in this hostel when cycling through Barra. Warm welcome and a modern room in the Annex greeted us. Worth the money for one night; have stayed in better and much worse - therefore 4 * for the price.
I am a regular visitor to hostels and camp often also. Stayed at Dunard in June 2012. It is homely, clean,welcoming and a great place to stay. It is affiliated to SYHA and hence is effectively "independent" and better for it. The owners/managers offer a warm welcome and plenty of advice on local amenities, boat trips and places to visit. They also organise kayak trips in the bay. Beds are clean and comfy; kitchen is well equipped and roomy. Plenty of storage space for food. Lounge is roomy too and looks out over the bay. No dedicated bike storage but you can leave bikes at the rear, out of site. Well situated close to amenities, shops and the ferry. Booking is essential; it is only 3 mins walk to the Oban ferry and hence can get full quickly on ferry days. Good base for exploring the island, getting to the castle, walking in the hills at the rear and getting the boat trip to Mingulay; all without the need of a car.
I have stayed here a twice, once in August 2010 and April 2012, and both times have been awed by the calming and friendly atmosphere this hostel provides. From when you walk in, you are greeted by helpful and warm wardens and shown to lovely clean and comfortable rooms. It is evident that a great deal of care is taken over it's upkeep and has truly inspiring views to boot. There is onsite Wi-Fi should you need to keep in touch with the real world too. The showers were clean and powerful and the kitchens were well kept; in short, they have everything you would want to wind down and compliment a day of exploring this inspirational island. The hostelers offer kayaking, bike hire and when I last went, a new activity of jumping into the water from cliffs - tombstoning I think it's called! I was not brave enough to indulge in this but the kayaking was amazing! Chris (one of the hostel owners) was a professional chilled-out kayaking leader and the tour was fantasic! My highlight on both visits were the cute seals noseily following you around once you had distrubed them on their rock! Not to take away the unique take you get of the rest of the island's landscape; a genuinely once in a lifetime experience.
With the overall family and professionally-run feel of the hostel, if I could rate 10 starts I would! Thank you to all the staff there for making this a holiday one to remember.