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

Call Patrick & Nikki Kipfmiller on 01456 450807


Your Highland home away from home. Owners Patrick and Nikki and their team provide a warm welcome in all weathers, with free tea and coffee, a wood-burning stove, a well-stocked bar (50+ Scottish beers!), a large guest kitchen and lots of local information. The farmhouse dates back to the 18th century, but nowadays it retains its charm but has been modernized to ensure that you get a good night's sleep and a nice hot shower in the morning before you head out to explore the spectacular surroundings. Within easy walking distance of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, pubs, restaurants and supermarket. A perfect location for activity or relaxation surrounded by spectacular scenery. Guided hikes, fishing, watersports and mountain biking can all be arranged locally. Inverness is just 20 mins by car or bus. On the Great Glen Way. BBQs, outside seating, drying area and garden all provided. Breakfast, packed lunches and laundry service are available. Dogs welcome in specific rooms (but please call in advance). Free parking. Bike storage available except in Jul/Aug.

This accommodation is featured on our map of North East Highlands of Scotland and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    45: 2x7,3x6,1xtwin,1xdbl,2xfam.
  • Open:

    Open until end of Sept 2020 and from April 1st 2021. All day.
  • Price per night:

    From £17pp. Discounts apply to groups or long term stays
  • Booking:

    Check availability on website or by phone.
  • Directions:

    Near the A82 Inverness to Fort William road. Look for brown tourist board signs saying Loch Ness Backpackers.
  • Public Transport:

    Plane, bus or train to Inverness, then 20 minutes by bus to Drumnadrochit (ask to be dropped in Lewiston).
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Land's End to John O Groats on foot LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike Great Glen Way
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aMixed dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
pClothes washing facilities
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
yYHA Affiliated
ZDogs by arrangement
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge

Re-opening April 2021: Loch Ness Backpackers was open August and September 2020 and is now closed.

July 2nd 2020

With reduced capacity and no shared dorms. To keep everyone safely distanced.

This 18th-century Highland farmhouse provides friendly accommodation walking distance of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, he Great Glen Way and with pubs, restaurants and supermarket close by.


Sadly Lochness Backpackers has now had to close.

March 23rd 2020

We truly hope we will be back in time for the summer, so we can welcome lots of lovely healthy people to come and enjoy one of the most beautiful places on earth. Stay safe, stay well and we hope to see you soon.

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Start or finish your Affric-Kintail walk or MTB ride at Loch Ness Bapckpackers Lodge

February 15th 2020

A warm cosy hostel, geared up for walkers and mountain bikers just a 10 minutes walk from the start of the route. You can leave your luggage at the hotel until you return.

With a supermarket, pubs and restaurants within walking distance and optional breakfast and packed lunches from Loch Ness Backpacker Lodge, you don’t  have to worry about what you are going to eat.  There’s a shed to store you bikes in.  And to top it all the hostel has it’s own bar with 50+ Scottish beers.

The Affric Kintail Way is a fully signposted, superb cross-country route for walkers and mountain bikers stretching almost 44 miles from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich in Kintail by Loch Duich. Given the proximity to the Great Glen Way (Inverness – Fort William) it is quite possible to extend your route to/from Drumnadrochit to Inverness and enjoy a spectacular coast to coast trek.

school groups welcome at Loch Ness Backpackers

Latest Blog about Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge

Inverness to Drumnadrochit – Pigs and non believers

November 11th 2015

My first day on The Great Glen Walk is planned, Inverness to Drumnadrochit. Distance 20+ plus miles. Having left the picturesque city of Inverness, via canal paths, pavements and a section of housing estate, the woodland section begins.

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Inverness: setting out to Drumnadrochit
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