Hostels in Loch NessHostels in Loch Ness

You are looking for hostels in Loch Ness? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Loch Ness hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Loch Ness.

All Cities in Loch Ness

We list every single hostel in Loch Ness and the world. In total, we have 3 cities in Loch Ness for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Loch Ness hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Loch Ness. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Loch Ness

Famous for the water monster rumored to be prowling the depths of its lake, Loch Ness is a beautiful and isolated location in the midst of the Scottish Highlands. Dramatic mountain peaks rise up on either side of the loch, which is one of the largest and deepest lochs in Scotland. Many of the hostels in Loch Ness are close to the lake itself, but not so close to any shops. Buses run from Inverness down to Fort Augustus, and then on to Fort William, which makes it convenient to reach the hostels and points along the lake and any shops by public transportation.

There are many points of interest in the area. Stop by the visitor center in Drumnadrochit to learn more about the history of the Loch Ness Monster (also nicknamed "Nessie") or visit Urquhart Castle, which overlooks the stunning waters of the lake. If you have time for it, take a Jacobite cruise along the lake to learn more about the history of the lands and the people, as well as the monster. Weather permitting, take a stroll through the magical forests and glens in Glen Affric. Keep an eye out for waterfalls!

The nearest city is Inverness, which is a central transportation hub in the Highlands and the location of many hostels. There is regular public transportation service from Inverness to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the larger towns in the Highlands. It is also a central shopping point, with plenty of stores and services. There aren't too many pubs in Loch Ness. There are a few in Drumnadrochit and many in Inverness, but otherwise don't expect to see much nightlife! Loch Ness is the perfect quiet and remote getaway from city noise without having to journey too deep into the Highlands.

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Handwritten by local expert for Loch Ness hostels Emily Schreiber

Travel Tips for Loch Ness - from the Community

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Inverness is such a beautiful place. Take a walk at dusk along the canal and admire the beautiful old houses. Do a MacBackers tour through the higlands. Cheap as chips and a fabulous experience.

FAQ on Hostels in Loch Ness

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Loch Ness?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Loch Ness here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Loch Ness safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.