Lochside Hostel

We're a young and energetic team of backpackers wanting the help create the best environment for other backpackers to enjoy! At Lochside, we have been welcoming volunteers from all across the world for over four years. Located right on the banks of Loch Ness, Lochside is in a beautiful spot and is the perfect place to relax, immerse yourself in the beautiful highland scenery and meet new people.

The work is very straightforward (for more details see position description!) and averages 2-3 hours per day, giving our volunteers as much time as possible to enjoy the hostel and explore the area. Volunteers will stay in a shared four-bed staff dorm and will have access to all the shared facilities (kitchen/laundry etc.) If you are able to stay for at least 4 weeks we can also offer you an allowance for food.

Our hostel is fairly remote (a 15 minute drive from the nearest food shop!), so most days are spent walking or relaxing in the hostel. However, we have a bus stop right outside our front door, so it is very easy to travel into Inverness or beyond in your spare time. In fact, within two hours it is possible to get to Fort William, the Isle of Skye or Oban, all by bus. Our hostel has always been reliant on young volunteers and is very laid back; if you're looking for a party atmosphere we may not be for you but if you are wanting to unwind and relax for a month (without very good Wi-Fi!) Lochside is the perfect choice!

Ideally, we are looking for volunteers to stay for a month at least but we are flexible if it isn't possible to come for the entire month. We really love the hostel and hope that you will too! To see what we get up to here at Lochside, take a look on our Instagram @lochsidehostel : )

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This was my first volunteering experience and I couldn't have ask for more, the work was light and the people amazing, both of the supervisors Jake and Rob genuinely care for the volunteers. I ended up staying two extra week and I would've stayed more if the hostel didn't close for the season. This hostel will make your expectations about volunteering really high, I would recommend it to anyone.

25 dias atrás



I had a fantastic experience at Loch side. I was made to feel very welcome from the start by the team and a great bunch of volunteers. The work is straightforward and hours are very fair. Its the perfect place to relax and unwind in a beautiful place. Rob was a great supervisor, very approchable and took the time to get to know everyone and genuinely cared about your experience there.

26 dias atrás



I think it was the best volunteer that i have.
It was a real Exchange of culture, people and work!
The work its very easy and the place amazing! I really loved my time there. Loch Ness is awesome!
Thank you so much Rob and all the volunteers, i miss you guys! See you in the next season 🫶🫶

28 dias atrás

Estados Unidos


I honestly cannot speak highly enough about Lochside, the management, the other volunteers and the experience. It was the best first Worldpackers experience I could have asked for. The nature surrounding the hostel is absolutely incredible and I feel so blessed to have been able to spend a month exploring and being part of the hostel family. Rob was a fantastic manager, he is so fun and welcoming and very good at communicating and motivating the staff. I have absolutely nothing but good things to say about this place. I highly recommend Lochside to anyone and everyone

1 mês atrás



I truly can't imagine a better hostel to volunteer at, this place felt like home after only being there a couple days. The work is straightforward and easy, the social setting and overall vibe is perfect. Everybody is so welcoming and friendly, you'll have a hard time not making lasting friends with the other volunteers and guests.

Rob (the manager) was a quick friend and a really great guy. He's quick to help if there's any problems with work or anything else. The hostel is in a remote area surrounded by beautiful nature, but doesn't have any shops nearby (grocery delivery is cheap).

1 mês atrás

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