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:

    All year except Feb. 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

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is near mountains, is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Land's End to John O' Groats Cycle Route, the map of accommodation for school groups, the present or past youth hostel page, the City, Backpacker and Boutique Hostels map, the Great Glen Way and the page of accommodation near Castles.

It has availability at Easter.


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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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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Dog friendly hostel, located within walking distance of the picturesque Loch Ness

November 4th 2019

A beautiful farmhouse with plenty of dog-friendly rooms. There are no restrictions on numbers, feel free to bring the whole family especially the four legged members.

This 18th century Highland farmhouse provides warm & friendly hostel accommodation. Ideally situated within walking distance of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, on the Great Glen Way and with pubs, restaurants and supermarket close by. Residents only bar offers over 70 Scottish beers and 25 Scotch whiskies. Horse riding, fishing, watersports and mountain biking can all be arranged locally. Free parking and free WiFi. Bike storage available except in Jul/Aug. With regards to dogs guests should  contact before they book to ensure the room they have booked is uncarpeted. We charge £5 per dog payable upon arrival.
The shores of Loch Ness are great for dog walking

Why not treat yourself, your friends and family to a Hogmanay adventure.

September 12th 2019

We have availability throughout New Year, from 27th Dec onwards. Prices start from £18pp or £75 for a family room. We’ll be having a cosy party in our bar – family-friendly, relaxed, and uniquely Scottish. You may spot Nessie seeing the New Year in too!

Prices range from £18 for a dorm bed up to £75 for a family room for 5 for New Year’s Eve, with discounts outside of the New Year period. Call to discuss. We have a private bar specialising in Scottish beers and whiskies, a wood burning stove, a cosy atmosphere and we offer group catering. There are plenty of winter-friendly walks and other activities, and other pubs and restaurants within walking distance.


School groups love coming to Loch Ness

September 11th 2019

School groups of all ages love this comfortable 45 bed hostel. Perfectly situated on the Great Glen Way, within an easy walk of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Full or half board or self catering.

A wide variety of school groups stay at Loch Ness Backpackers each year.  For instance two sets of 9-11 year old groups come every year to cycle the Great Glen Way. We also host a 10-day residential film school for 16-18 year olds each year, as well as a group of 12-14-year-olds this year who were completing a programme of study at nearby Aigas Field Centre. We can provide a public liability certificate. We are also very used to helping with planning school trips – we’re happy to help however we can. Schools also appreciate the quiet, safe location and the large park right next door to us for allowing students space to run around safely.





school groups welcome at Loch Ness Backpackers

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