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.

Top Host
This host receives a lot of worldpackers and has a high average rating.

Reviews

5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

United States

5

My time here in Loch Ness was absolutely wonderful! Patrick and Nikki are so kind and are very helpful & involved with the hostel.
The work is all very manageable and the hours are always respected. The hostel itself is super cozy, and Drum is stunning! There’s lots of hiking to do and just being surrounded by nature was such a calming experience.
The other volunteers were also amazing and made my time even better. I would definitely recommend this experience! I’m sad to be leaving and will miss it but am excited to come back for a visit.

5 months ago

Australia

5

My partner and I spent 2 months at Lochness Backpackers and would recommend it to anyone.

The hostel was cozy and comfortable, the team friendly and sociable and the work was enjoyable.

We met lots of people coming through the hostel, were able to do lots of great hikes and visit Inverness and Isle of Skye.

We were so happy to be a part of the hostel family.

Thanks again Nikki and Patrick!!!

5 months ago

Australia

5

This place is a must visit. Nikki and Patrick are amazing people, very friendly and very good at managing the team and hours. You get the chance to meet lots of people and get to know the other volunteers very well.
The work is straight forward and very manageable and working the bar is good fun.
Lots to do and see around the area. Highly recommend.

5 months ago

Colombia

5

We had an amazing time here, Nikki, Patrick, the other volunteers and the traveleres we met made this experience unforgettable for us. We learned a lot about everything and made friends all around the world. I'd recommend this experience 101% to anyone, you won't regret it. The shifts were respected and flexible, the tasks weren't difficult either.

6 months ago

Uruguay

5

Mi primer experiencia como voluntaria fue en Backpackers, aquí además de aprender muchísimo sobre el funcionamiento de un hostel, encontré un nuevo lugar al que llamar hogar. Patrick, Nikki y todos los demás voluntarios hicieron de esta una experiencia increíble. 100% recomendado

7 months ago


Nikki replied

Lovely Sofi, I'm afraid because you decided to extend your stay and we never made it official through WP, they're now not letting me leave you a review because they think you departed more than two weeks ago, I'm so sorry! But I'll use this forum to say how wonderful it's been to have you with us for the last four months. We're all going to miss you! Do please come back and visit when you can. Thank you for choosing to spend four months with us xxx


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