On the banks of Loch Ness.


The Lochside Hostel, Altsigh, Inverness. IV63 7YD

Perched right on the banks of Loch Ness, the Lochside Hostel has amazing views up and down the loch and can give you direct access to the water’s edge. Why not go for a dip in Scotlands largest water body? Take a walk to watch for wildlife? Or even hunt the elusive Nessie!? The Great Glen walking route passes the front door and the End to End cycle route is nearby. Drumnadrochit is just 12 miles away with boat cruises, the Loch Ness museum and Urquhart Castle. Recently reopened by MacBackpackers who also own three hostels in Edinburgh and an award winning tour company, the Lochside Hostel provides accommodation in twin or 3-8 bed dorms. There is a communal lounge and kitchen for self catering. As it is situated right on the A82, The Lochside Hostel is perfect as a base for exploring this part of the highlands or as a stop off on a Scottish tour. There are no shops locally so don’t forget to bring enough provisions!

This accommodation is featured on our map of North East Highlands of Scotland and here is its own website.
The Lochside Hostel | On the banks of Loch Ness.

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Rooms & Beds:

47: 3×2 (twin), 2×4 (female), 5×4, 1×5, 1×8 all mixed dorms.


Check in 2pm, check out 10am

Price per night:

From £17


Book online, groups of 6 or more contact the hostel direct via email or phone.


Directly on A82 half way between Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit. Parking is available

Public Transport:

Train at Inverness, bus 119 from Inverness (40 mins) stops outside the hostel

This accommodation is near mountains, is available to individuals and is on the Great Glen Way and the present or past youth hostel page.

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“Sleep uncomfortably close to the monster”

“Sleep uncomfortably close to the monster”

The Lochside Hostel

“Sleep uncomfortably close to the monster!” The website of Lochside Hostel intriguingly announces. 

Unless you’ve got a particularly snore-y partner, you’ll no doubt be thinking of The Loch Ness Monster, and you’d be right! Among the many wonderful features of The Lochside Hostel is that it is, as the name suggests, on the side of the loch. The hostel owners are playful with the marketing the monster, as you can tell. The playfulness extends, too, to tartan. There’s plenty of it. A tartan pool table, a tartan balcony overlooking the loch. 

The hostel owner’s personal touch is commented on and valued by visitors:

“Yes great hostel. Staff very helpful and pleasant. Very well priced and the breakfast also excellent value at £1.50.Highly recommended”

“We’ve spent three nights in the hostel, and it is safe to say, that this was the highlight of our already amazing Highland trip! The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, the whole hostel is super clean. We are definitely going back.” quotedINternational visitors

“Bruce and Stephen are the bomb-diggity! Best views in town.” As they also gave a 5 star report, I can only assume this is a positive review.


Wild landscape and wildlife on all sides

Wild landscape and wildlife on all sides

Location, Location, Location, they always say.

Property developers, as well as Channel 4 producers, use the phrase to remind us what’s important in a property.  MacBackpackers (owners of an award winning tour company and 3 hostels in Edinburgh) must have been thinking this when they acquired and renovated Lochside Hostel.

Why is that? The Loch which Lochside is beside is, of course, internationally famous cryptozoolology and marketing hotspot Loch Ness.

On all sides you have unbelievable panoramic views up and down the Loch. The hostel allows you to tumble straight into the Loch for a refreshing swim. Alternatively, you can watch out for really wild life: pine martens, gold eagles, red deer – to say nothing of the real wild life prize of the area…

The Great Glen walking route passes the front door and the End to End cycle route is nearby, close by the Monadhliath mountains are a little known treasure trove for walkers.

Altogether a great base for exploring this patch of highlands or taking in the tourist honeypot around nearby Drumnadrochit and Urquart Castle. 


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