Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge

The Loch Ness region is spectacular - lovers of the great outdoors will have a field day with us in Drumnadrochit. There are dozens of great places to go and explore on foot from our doorstep. The hostel is a lovely relaxed place to be, and although we all work hard we really enjoy spending time together and with our guests. The more fun we have, the more fun they have!

We (Nikki and Patrick) took over the hostel in August 2016. Patrick has worked in hostels for years and is loving finally owning his own. We have two young kids, Joni and Finn, who are always around somewhere causing havoc and distracting us all, volunteers included! We also have a dog who is equally distracting but much loved by volunteers and guests. The volunteers we've had so far have been the life blood of the hostel, setting the tone and keeping things running smoothly. We encourage all volunteers to really enjoy their time with us by going off and exploring the Highlands, and we do what we can to enable that. Back at the hostel, we organise regular incentive schemes and fun parties to keep the team motivated and involved.


Reviews

5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

Mexico

5

In the beginning I was not very sure about stay here for 2 months, but in the lasts days I don't wanted to leave.
The duties are a bit work out but with the time you get used to do it.
Nikki and Patrick are kind and respectful.
And the landscapes and hikking are amazing!
I really would love to came back

4 months ago

Chile

5

Por lejos la mejor experiencia de voluntariado de mi vida! Nicky y Patrick son fantásticos, amables, comprometidos, cordiales, muy simpáticos y atentos! Los niños son un encanto, es imposible que no te contagien su energia y Dugall es el perro perfecto! Todo superó mis expectativas, pequeña pero acogedora hostal, conectada con la naturaleza, aprendí nuevas cosas y me conecte con la cultura local! Es la experiencia de ensueño!

5 months ago

Germany

5

yeah it was just awesome. I became a complete different person during the time. just give it a try and you'll be positively surprised.

6 months ago

United States

5

We had an amazing time at Loch Ness Backpackers! The location is so beautiful and we had plenty of time to explore the local area including the Loch and local hikes. We also learned a lot about Scottish whisky and got to know people from all over the world who were guests at the hostel. Our hosts and the other volunteers were awesome and we’re so glad we had this experience! Highly recommend!

6 months ago

United States

5

Amazing! Nikki and Patrick are fantastic hosts, the hostel is charming and homey, the area around the Loch is great for exploring and hiking, and Dougal the hostel dog is a very good boy. All hours and shifts were exactly as stated and discussed and Nikki and Patrick are very happy to help with training and are flexible too. The hostel has a bar so you’ll learn a lot about Scottish whiskey and beers. The town is very small but charming and the locals were totally welcoming. We were sad to leave and if we’re ever in Scotland again will absolutely be visiting Drum to check in on everyone.

7 months ago


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