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A Totally Legendary Backpackers Experience - Sleep Within Reach of the Monster!​

Unrivalled views and access to Loch Ness are perfect for Monster-spotting, while daily events like bonfires and Scottish Folk Dance Parties will bring you together with our travellers from across the World. With our own beach, you can even have a dip into the mysterious waters, but be careful, we hear there’s a monster about.

Direct Buses to/from Inverness, the Isle of Skye & Fort William (for Ben Nevis) leave on our doorstep. Get ready to experience Monster Vibes!

We offer a fantastic set of hostel facilities – continental breakfast each day for just £3.50, a full laundry (wash & dry) service for just £5, free towels for all of our guests, free Wi-Fi, and luggage storage before & after your stay.

PLEASE NOTE: We only accept backpackers aged 16+ to stay with us. Groups of over four should contact us before booking to make arrangements to stay.

Welcome to Lochside Hostel, Loch Ness

Lochside Hostel Views

Nestled on the banks of Scotland's most famous Loch

Lochside Hostel can boast being the only backpackers hostel nestled directly on the banks of Loch Ness.  Almost all of our rooms feature a view of the amazing Loch!

We offer a warm, friendly spot to spend a few nights exploring the area while searching for a glimpse of Nessie.

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Something to Do Every Day and Night

We host awesome free events 7 days a week – everything from Scottish Folk Dancing, to Pool Tournaments, Bonfires, Free Pancake Mornings, Social Hikes, and Group Swims in Loch Ness.

You’ll always find someone to chat with by the fire or challenge for a free game of pool in our cozy lounge.

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On The Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way passes right by the hostel doorstep – with off-road walking routes in each direction toward Fort William and Inverness. 

Take a day’s hike on one of Scotland’s most famous walking routes, or if you’re travelling the whole way, stop by for an awesome evening, a couple of beers at our well-stocked bar and shop, and a chance to chill out. 

Join us for an incredible backpacking experience and meet travellers from all over the World. Hikes, Bonfires, Folk Dancing, Group Swims and more – right as you step out of your bunk!

About us

The Lochside Hostel, Loch Ness, is owned and operated by MacBackpackers. For more information on our multi-award winning tours please visit the MacBackpackers page here.