The Lochside Hostel, Alltsigh, Inverness. IV63 7YD

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On the banks of Loch Ness.

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!

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    47: 3x2 (twin), 2x4 (female), 5x4, 1x5, 1x8 all mixed dorms.
  • Open:

    April-October. Check in 5pm to 11pm. Check out 10:30.
  • Price per night:

    From £15
  • Booking:

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

    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.
  • 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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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available Easter 2024 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2024 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
6Green Tourism Award: Bronze
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
9Best Price Guarantee


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Here are 3 simple steps to get the most out of Loch Ness

April 27th 2023

Loch Ness is one of the most iconic destinations in Scotland, famous for its stunning natural beauty and of course, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. With its crystal-clear waters and rugged shoreline, the Loch is a sight to behold. It is surrounded by hills and forests, providing breathtaking views from every angle. Whether you are exploring the area by foot or by boat, take the time to stop and admire the stunning scenery.. Visiting Loch Ness can be an unforgettable experience, but to truly get the most out of your trip, there are three simple steps that you should follow.

The first step to getting the most out of Loch Ness is to stay at the Lochside Hostel. This hostel is located right on the edge of the water, making it the closest accommodation to the Loch. There is a private beach where you can relax and enjoy the views, and binoculars are available for you to search for Nessie. The hostel also offers a range of activities, including kayaking and canoeing, which is a great way to explore the Loch up close.

The second step is to visit Loch Ness Clayworks Pottery. This unique attraction is located on the edge of the Caledonian tundra and is set in two hundred acres of ancient oak and birch woodland. It has a pottery shop, pottery studio, and cafe, making it a perfect place to unwind and explore your creativity.  Watch the potters hard at work in their mountain-high potter studio and you can also purchase some unique and beautiful pieces to take home as souvenirs.

The third and final step for anyone interested in the legend of The Loch Ness Monster is Nessieland. This museum offers a wealth of information about how the Loch Ness Monster came to be and is perfect for visitors of all ages. There is a climbable statue of Nessie, making it a great spot for some fun photo opportunities.

In conclusion, to get the most out of your trip to Loch Ness, make sure to appreciate the stunning natural beauty, stay at the Lochside Hostel for an unforgettable experience, visit Loch Ness Clayworks Pottery High for a unique and creative adventure, and don’t forget to stop by Nessieland to learn all about the legend of the Loch Ness Monster.

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Fancy spending a few days on the side of a Loch Ness?

February 4th 2022

Lochside Hostel will be available to rent out throughout February and March! We’re renting out the entire place to groups, so if you and your family want to make Loch Ness your home this February then get in touch with us!

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