Lochside Hostel - Loch Ness

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Lochside Hostel - Loch Ness

Lochside Hostel

Lochside Hostel, Alltsigh, Inverness, IV63 7YD, Scotland

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Reopening on 1 June!

We’re opening our doors again for summer 2021 with a bunch of new rules in place to keep our guests safe and happy! Read on below on how we’re opening safely.

About Our Hostel

Nestled amongst towering pines and perched on the very edge of the infamous LOCH NESS! our amazing hostel with its unique location makes for a wonderful place to stay on your Highland holiday.

With direct access to the shore and, of course, fabulous views over the dark and mysterious waters, it’s the perfect place in the world to spot the monster of the Loch (or even to swim with her!). Our location in the centre of the Highlands also means we are a great base to explore the whole area and situated on the Great Glen Way, we have some excellent walks or treks starting at our doorstep.

We offer – dorms (from around £22), a socially distanced lounge space, sun deck, kitchen appliances (Microwave + kettle), free Wi-Fi, free tea and coffee, large grounds and direct access to Loch Ness shoreline, drying room, cycle shed, free parking, Citylink bus-stop at our door… and a warm welcome to backpackers, hikers, cyclists, students, Great-Glen walkers, canoeists, Nessie-hunters, international travellers, etc etc.

New COVID-19 Rules

Lochside Hostel is due to open again on the 1st of June 2021 to tourists from all over the UK (and possibly overseas depending on restrictions). As part of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our guests we have implemented some changes to the hostel.

  1. We will be trying to keep groups in separate rooms by default when occupancy allows. During dates of high demand, groups of 2 or less may be sharing a room with max one other household ONLY and where possible will have a 2m social distance between beds.
  2. The communal kitchen will be closed to guests, with only a kettle and microwave available to use.
  3. Bathrooms will be shared, but extra cleaning shifts will be scheduled with anti-viral cleaner in order to keep these areas as clean as possible and limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
  4. Mandatory track and trace sign in for all guests (Check In Scotland App).
  5. 2 Metre social distancing throughout building.
  6. Mandatory mask wearing when in public spaces inside the building.
  7. No self catering kitchen facilities (2 microwaves and a kettle in public space only) Local pubs/restaurant suggestions:Glenmoriston Arms Hotel, Fiddlers Arms Drumnadrochit.
  8. Maximum total group size of 6, groups of larger size will be refused.
  9. Allocation of rooms according to social distancing guidelines, (By default we aim to have guests allocated in separate rooms, but in an instance such as travelling alone you may be sharing a room with max 1 other individual/household with beds 2m+ apart)
  10. Shared bathroom facilities with max 4 households with regular staff cleaning schedules and cleaning materials provided for guest use.
  11. Hostel will be closed during the hours of 11am and 5pm. No access will be permitted during this time.

Please get hold of us via email if you have any questions about your booking.

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Reviews

The Lochside Hostel
5.0
Based on 28 reviews
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Chris Turner
Chris Turner
2020-09-03T05:23:08+0000
the lad runni5 the please could not do enough to help us.... showed up on a day with no booking and happend to have space. sorted us out with food . literally could not do enough for us highly recommend this placeread more
Melis Meng
Melis Meng
2019-10-04T09:49:44+0000
👍Friendly staff, amazing atmosphere, backpackers' favourite... choiceread more
Colin Umpleby
Colin Umpleby
2019-08-21T21:22:40+0000
Stayed here twice within a few days, different rooms,... different staff and different guests, would certainly recommend any time🙂read more
Sam Campbell
Sam Campbell
2019-05-28T19:28:13+0000
Friendly, clean and comfortable. Free tea and coffee, and... hot showers. Also, very usefully, USB power sockets by every bed.read more
Ju Zobi
Ju Zobi
2019-05-20T12:54:15+0000
Lovely place and so nice staff ! Very calm and view on the... loch, perfect for backpackers during GGW !read more
Yvonne McIntosh
Yvonne McIntosh
2019-05-14T16:07:10+0000
awesome hostel with a cool owner and an amazing manager!... keep up the good work guys! 🤩read more
Angela Stocks
Angela Stocks
2019-04-12T21:24:47+0000
Best hostel on the Great Glen Way by far! Friendly staff,... cozy, comfy and views to die for. All in all a definite pit-stop on The Great Glen Way 👍read more
Luis Carlos Campos Murillo
Luis Carlos Campos Murillo
2019-03-12T09:54:01+0000
Estuve hospedado ahí en octubre del 2017 y este julio 2019... repito indudablemente. Es un lugar especial lleno de naturaleza, tranquilo y de una calidad humana especial. Definitivamente el lugar ideal para ir desconectar y conocer gente. 100% recomendado.read more
Sarah Hatwell
Sarah Hatwell
2018-09-26T13:21:01+0000
Best hostel ever, friendly, spotlessly clean, well... equipped and the location and views are amazing.read more
Serge Vdovychenko
Serge Vdovychenko
2018-07-13T11:09:13+0000
Lovely hostel in a marvelous spot. Especially liked the... staff friendliness and the lobby. We didn't plan to stay there but it was a very lucky encounter in our journey 🙂 Highly recommended!read more
Beata Zych-Skrzela
Beata Zych-Skrzela
2018-07-09T22:40:03+0000
We just had some short stay there, during travel from... North, and we were absolutely delighted! So we'll organised, charming Hostel in so wonderful spot. Nice and clean, kitchen very nice organised, big but cosy public room with stunning view of Lochness...amazing. And prices really affordable, even for twin room. So I would highly recommend this lovely hostel for stay, and for sure we will be back for longer stay. Beata and Jackread more
Marianne Petit
Marianne Petit
2018-07-05T18:58:30+0000
Emplacement exceptionnel!!! Vue sur le Lochness, chambres... agréables, personnel sympathique.read more
Lucie McGuire
Lucie McGuire
2018-07-03T10:04:54+0000
This was my first hostel experience, and it was amazing!... The staff was super friendly and helpful. The common area is large and very cozy. Great place to meet people and swap travel stories! They have a pool table and plenty of seating. Large kitchen space too. Rooms and bathrooms were very clean. Let's not forget the amazing view of the lake, so gorgeous! Loved waking up to it. We wish we could have stayed longer than one night here! ��� P.s. on a side note the breakfast was small, but satisfying and cheap! White bread was on point too ��read more
Makaila Stierlin
Makaila Stierlin
2018-07-03T10:04:10+0000
We had a wonderful stay! The staff is so friendly and... accommodating. And the view from the common room and the beach is to die for! � We played a long and boozy game of cards with another group of backpackers and exchanged stories and recommendations well into the night. Staff provided a budget-friendly breakfast with well-needed coffee � We didn’t want to leave the next morning!read more
Courtney Ann
Courtney Ann
2018-06-25T18:35:14+0000
Tempted to give a terrible rating to keep people away from... this amazing find lol. This place was absolutely amazing, probably the best location and value of all the places on the loch. We had a bonfire and roasted marshmallows and everything. Definitely coming back for a longer stay.read more
Elvira Freyja Breitenbach
Elvira Freyja Breitenbach
2018-05-14T20:17:39+0000
Amazing Place ��
Eva Spacilova
Eva Spacilova
2017-10-04T11:02:29+0000
Brian Baxter
Brian Baxter
2017-09-14T15:32:15+0000
Yes great hostel. Staff very helpful and pleasant. Very... well priced and the breakfast also excellent value at £1.50. Rooms comfy with both power and usb to each bed. Best part is the excellent common room with free tea, coffee and hot chocolate available all hours. Very well equipped large kitchen. I don't know about the swimming bit seeing Loch Ness never gets above 5deg c. Also right on Loch Ness with fantastic views up and down the loch. Showers and toilets more than adequate. Free WiFi. The only odd thing was reception was only open limited hours. Highly recommended.read more
Sally-Anne Richter
Sally-Anne Richter
2017-09-01T18:39:44+0000
Great hostel. We were walking the Great Glen Way and its... location is ideal. Kitchen is well set up, basic but yummy breakfast in the morning, good dining room with free tea/coffee/hot chocolate. Good lights and power points over bed. No lockers seen but we didn't need them as we had locks on our cases. Hot shower with good water pressure. Beautiful location with own private beach on Loch Ness where you can swim or play music if you Brave the midgies! �read more
Sylvia Ishmirel
Sylvia Ishmirel
2017-08-29T16:52:18+0000
Un lugar muy amigable con vistas al Lago Ness desde las... habitaciones y el muy cómodo y espacioso living comedor. Me encantó!read more
Joanna Żmuda-Siryk
Joanna Żmuda-Siryk
2017-08-26T09:42:29+0000
Bori Kiss
Bori Kiss
2017-07-16T09:37:17+0000
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.read more
Virginia Mazzini
Virginia Mazzini
2017-07-11T20:04:58+0000
Flo Sa
Flo Sa
2017-07-05T23:30:51+0000
You'll get a very beautiful view at the Lake with direct... access to the water 🙂 The Staff (Bruce) was very kind and helpful, the Lounge ist comfortable too and the view is stunning!read more
Isa Obser
Isa Obser
2017-07-03T23:23:40+0000
Lena Rose
Lena Rose
2017-06-01T00:19:08+0000
Awesome staff and killer view!!!! Doesn't even feel like... you're in a hostel.read more
Martin Schneid
Martin Schneid
2017-04-27T10:04:19+0000
Just great!! Die Adresse am Loch Ness: ruhig, fantastische... Aussicht, alles neu, super Atmosphäre und klasse Leute, zudem noch ziemlich günstig^^read more
Kitty van Blerk
Kitty van Blerk
2016-09-15T21:38:04+0000
David Gabán Corrales
David Gabán Corrales
2016-08-28T08:45:43+0000
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Location

Things to Know

  • Clean bed linen provided
  • Cash and credit cards accepted
  • Continental breakfast for £3.00
  • Laundry service for just £5.00
  • Towel hire for £1.50
  • Large self-catering kitchen
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Free tea, coffee and hot chocolate
  • Luggage storage
  • Book exchange

Booking Policies

Cancellation policy: 48 hours before arrival.
Check in from 17:00 to 22:00 . Check out before 10:30.
Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards.
Reception: open 7 – 11am and 5 – 10pm.
For groups of more than 6 please contact the hostel directly.
Guests of any age are welcome in August 2020 as we are running at reduced capacity. For 2021 an over 18 policy is in effect again unless we are contacted beforehand.
Please bring a government issued photo ID for the check-in.
We require a key deposit: £10 in cash or a government issued photo ID.

Contact Us

Telephone:
+44 (0) 013 2035 1274
Email:
lochside@macbackpackerstours.com
Facebook:
/lochsidehostel
Address:
Lochside Hostel
Alltsigh
Inversness
IV63 7YD
Scotland

  • Board games
  • Pool table
  • Free use of hair dryers
  • No curfew
  • Non smoking
  • Sunny and cheery patio
  • Bus stop out front
  • Fabulous views over Loch Ness
  • Scottish owned – backpacker run

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