Loch Ness Backpackers is your Highland home away from home. We are the owners, Patrick and Nikki, and together with our wonderful team we aim to provide a warm welcome in all weathers, with free tea and coffee, a wood-burning stove, a well stocked bar, large guest kitchen and lots of friendly smiles and conversation.

  • Private and dorm rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free wifi in common areas
  • Continental buffet breakfast available
  • Family rooms available
  • Pet-friendly rooms available (please call in advance; fees apply)

Inverness is just 20 minutes by car or bus. We’re right on the Great Glen Way, the Affric-Kintail Way and an ideal location for visiting Urquhart Castle. See more about the local area here.

Patrick and Nikki

We spent our younger years travelling extensively – between us we’ve been to over 40 countries. Now, we have our own little family so we enjoy welcoming travellers and walkers into our cosy lodge, hearing their tales and helping them make the most of their time in Scotland.

Nikki is Scottish, and Patrick is American (from North Carolina). Despite this, Patrick is the one with all the knowledge of Scottish beers and whiskies – just check out his impeccably stocked Scottish-produce-only bar and you’ll see what we mean! Meanwhile, Nikki makes all the homemade jams that make breakfast so memorable.


We love having volunteers come and stay with us – our team really is the life blood of our hostel. You give us your time, and we’ll make you a part of our hostel family, with free breakfast and lifelong happy memories guaranteed. Just ask to read our Volunteers Book to see for yourself!

6-week minimum stay. Please send a CV, photo and intro email to nikki@lochness-backpackers.com to find out more.

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Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge
Coiltie Farmhouse, East Lewiston, Drumnadrochit, Scotland IV63 6UJ

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  • "Despite the many rain, we had a great time with Niki and Patrick, the owners of the hostel. It felt like home..."
  • "Nice atmosphere, super friendly staff. The facilities are first class good choices at the bar..."
  • "A big family of seven (grandmother, sister in law, 3 kids) spent a great night there. Had a great time playing board games in the lounge and felt really at home with the friendly welcome."
  • "If you are looking for a friendly, fun place to stay with a good local knowledge and a wealth of fantastic beers behind the bar look no further!"
  • "Basically, if you want a great place to stay, a log fire, warm and friendly people with good chat and at a decent price in a great location then definitely swing in past here."
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Good location, functional facilities, homely atmosphere. The staff is amazing. Gold stars all round"
  • "I cannot recommend this hostel highly enough. It really is something special. I would absolutely stay here again."
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