Jeremy Inglis Hostel

The Review

More of a bed and breakfast than a hostel, Jeremy Inglis Hostel is (and has been since the 1980s) run by Jeremy Inglis himself with the help of his friendly Corgi, Tashish. Jeremy is a learned historian, and his appreciation for the history of Oban, especially of Dunnolie Castle, is contagious. He offers a lovely area to enjoy yourself on your own schedule, without even a specific checkout time to constrain you.

The Location

The bus and train drop you off next to the bay. Find the Bank of Scotland across the street from the bay, and walk to the right of the bank until you arrive at a roundabout; Pound Crazy Jane’s will be on your left. Cross the street and pass the Royal Hotel on your left. At the end of the block, when you see Tesco on your right, turn left. Almost immediately, tucked between the Kodak Vision Centre and the Insurance Brokers, is the Jeremy Inglis Hostel. Be careful -- you can easily pass it without knowing it’s there.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms and bedrooms are clean and homelike. Instead of bunk beds, the rooms have twin- and queen-size beds, sleeping an average of three people per room. Each room is also equipped with a desk and sink. The bathrooms are shared, but it is hardly noticeable because the shower, sink, and toilet are in one room, all for your private use at one time, just like at home. Jeremy keeps them impeccably clean and provides you with a free towel.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is the only common space, so you are free to stay and chat or to eat and vanish as you choose. The cooking area is rather small, so it can be tricky for more than one person to use it at once, but with communication you can make it work. Also in the kitchen, Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and all-day tea/bread/butter/jam are available for free.


For a very decent price at the perfect location, you can relax in what is very much like a second home. It is possible to come and go every day without seeing anyone, even Jeremy, but we would recommend trying to bump into him and treating yourself to his broad and profound expertise.
by Anna Dourgarian Staff Reviewer


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21 Airds Crescent, Oban, County Argyll, Scotland
56.411927, -5.471204 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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+44 (0)1631 565065
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Excellent experience
Everything we'd hope for in a hostel and more. The environment and atmosphere is quite unique, loved all the art work and greenery, and we had a great time meeting other guests. The hostel is very clean and well kept. Breakfast was fantastic -- homemade jams were top class. I have stayed twice now, and I am about to book my third visit!
Jenni Gates
Freindly, Welcoming, and Personal
I phoned the hostel and spoke to Katrine, she said she would find a room, so helpful, she advised me that on my arrival if no-one was present just to go into kitchen and help myself to tea/coffee etc and they wouldn't be long. The kitchen has been extended and is now a massive room with lovely refectory dining table and Jeremy's pictures from Peru. My 11 year old son thought it was old fashioned on arrival but at the end of our short stay he loved it. will go back. Can be difficult to find though, head for Tesco and Rail Station!
Can't wait to return!
Stayed here in 2003 and heading back this May. Has become a family favourite! Much more like a B&B or visiting the Grands; small/private rooms, freshly made up beds, hot scones and homemade jam ... yes please!
The Best Hostel in Scotland!
I'll never forget this outstanding hostel, which really felt more like a bed and breakfast. Jeremy Inglis is kind, helpful, and hospitable. He makes the best homemade jams in the world and serves them at breakfast. These jams should be taken to Buckingham Palace for the Queen to enjoy. Jeremy's sweet dog Tavish adds to the charm of this place. I would go back to Oban, Scotland, in a heartbeat thanks to the Jeremy Inglis Hostel. This is truly a gem of a hostel. I'm a fan of Jeremy Inglis Hostel!
Adrianna Lypeckyj
This hostel is a hidden gem in Oban and is run by a true gent. The hostel is full of paintings and photographs taken by Jeremy especially during his time in Peru creating a really homey atmosphere. The homemade jams with breakfast are awesome and the rooms are great (showers are powerful) -- very comfortable indeed with a brilliant price tag to boot. Highly recommend. The Light of India opposite the hostel does a pretty good curry too!
Jeremy Inglis Hostel is conveniently located near the tourist information/ferries/bus and train stations (all within five minutes' walk) at 21 Airds Crescent. If you don't have a map, use the outdoor map at the tourist info center -- it's very close! Oban is served by bus/ferry and train. On arrival, follow the signs to the tourist info, a couple of minutes' walk from the waterfront. You'll be at a roundabout, and the hostel is located pretty much straight across the roundabout and around the corner. Check the map and you'll find it easily. The main street through town is about five minutes away, and most restaurants and stores are located there. The doorway to the hostel is unremarkable, but there's a sign overhead. You walk in the doorway, then upstairs to a pink door (all the signs are very good and understandable) and knock. There is also an office around the corner on the street that is open during the day, also well marked. Jeremy, the hostel's namesake and owner, is very pleasant. He is quite accommodating even if you don't have a reservation (as we didn't). The only availability was the upstairs "kitchen," which is a tiny room in a former kitchen. But there was a bed, desk, and sink (and stove and lots of tea cups!). There are paintings everywhere here -- it's obviously decorated by someone who buys whatever they love and then finds a place for it somehow! It's quite charming, though perhaps not for those who love clean, blank spaces. The dorm rooms are quite small, only two or three beds, and could also be considered family rooms. Each has a quirky combination of art work on the walls. There are lots of bathrooms, and it never seemed overcrowded, except in the kitchen (the real one). However, the breakfast provided is worth squeezing in for. Sitting out on the table to help yourself to are three bowls, one each with bread, donuts, and freshly made scones. Also was a collection of homemade jams and spreads (made by Jeremy) -- truly delicious. It sure beats the usual hostel "continental" breakfast! There's tea and coffee as well. The table is small, only five people max at a time can fit in, so you might have to come back later if it's full, or grab a donut and go. For those who like a socializing area, there's not much here. There are lots of impromptu meetings in the hallways and at the kitchen table, but there's no lounge room. There's the usual plethora of posters advertising trips and tours, which is helpful. The fresh flowers around the place are a nice touch. There's a new puppy, a Jack Russell, who is very friendly, and he's usually kept out of sight. You can get a card from the owner that will give you free admission to the Scottish show (if you buy dinner there) at McTavish Restaurant, should you desire going to this very touristy attraction. Check out time is 10 a.m. It's not the cleanest place ever, but it's certainly not filthy (a bit of dust under things is all). This place is highly recommended and we'd be happy to come back. Some guides say it feels more like a small B&B, which we find to be very true.
Elle Elmore
  Squashy and small but the rooms are clean and there are plenty of bathrooms. There are low ceilings and narrow corridors; the whole place is like it is squashed in between two buildings. The kitchen is very small; it is difficult to get a meal for yourself and it wouldn't pass a fire certificate in other countries. However, they claim breakfast is provided, and there is always a large basket of scones and bottles of jam in the kitchen, which are good enough for a high carb meal if you are desperate or a good snack otherwise. It is cheap and safe and what more do you want if you are travelling and not planning to stay in the hostel during the day?
Helen Cameron
  Being here is like visiting your grandparents.

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