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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Fort William Backpackers

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Fort William Backpackers is a charming Victorian building with a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We know how important it is to be able to relax after a hard day's exploring, and our cosy hostel is the perfect place to re-charge your batteries and share the tales of your adventures.

Please note: Reception at Fort William Backpackers is not 24 hours. Reception closes at 12pm daily, and reopens at 5pm for check in. If you think you may be arriving later than 10.30pm, please let our reception team know so that we can inform our night porter. You are more than welcome to store your bags at the hostel for free if you arrive early, and make use of our facilities. Please help yourself to tea and coffee in the kitchen, make use of the free WiFi, and unwind in one of our many common areas. Our hostel car park is quite small and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Our friendly reception team will be able to direct you to parking nearby if it is full.

We have a fabulous, elegant lounge with a REAL open fire, books, games, a hostel guitar and probably the best view in town! It's a great place to meet like-minded people whilst drinking as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you like!

Our fully equipped self-catering kitchen comes complete with everything you will need to prepare your meals & packed lunches and has plenty of storage and fridges available for you to use. There are a couple of supermarkets within a 10 minute walk so it's easy to stock up with supplies and in the summertime you are welcome to use our BBQ on our patio.

We serve an optional breakfast of fruit, porridge, cereal, toast, fruit juice & freshly baked Scottish scones. Its £3.00 for a wee bit of everything or, if you prefer, you can simply prepare your own. The choice is yours!

Our lovely spacious dining room has great views out to the surrounding countryside and free WiFi.

We also have a private Skype Den with its own cosy fire that's perfect for keeping in touch with loved ones and boasting about your latest adventures!

If the weather's good, we'll be outside enjoying our patio area either having a BBQ or sitting around the fire pit enjoying the stars so come and join us.

In the evening you can chill out in our lounge and exchange stories with fellow guests or stroll down to the choice of local pubs and restaurants that are literally minutes away. Fort William has a lively pub atmosphere and there is live music available on most nights. You can even have a dram or 2 of the local Ben Nevis whisky and head out to party Highland Style at the Skipinnish Ceilidh House.

You can start (or end) both the 'West Highland Way' & the 'Great Glen Way' in Fort William and there are countless walking routes that are suitable for all abilities. Have a chat with us and we can recommend the best options for you and can lend you a map.

Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain, sits just around the corner and below it, Glen Nevis - perhaps Scotland's prettiest glen, with its wonderful waterfalls and ancient pine forest.

If you are planning on tackling the mighty Ben Nevis you will not be alone at Fort Willy Backpackers! Again our staff can give you advice and make sure that you are properly equipped before you head off. We can also arrange guided walks up Ben Nevis if you would prefer to go with qualified guides.

If biking is your thing there are endless options of trails that cater for all standards of riders from beginner to World class level. The nearby Nevis Range offers the only lift served downhill biking in the country and is well worth a visit. If you want to bring your own bike you can store it in our shed and we have bike wash facilities available. There is also a good bike hire shop on the high street if you can't bring your own.

There is a vast array of local water available for canoeing and kayaking and several outdoor activity companies offering a variety of activities. You can go canyoning or gorge walking, white water rafting and funyakking, horseriding or even paragliding!

Even in winter Fort William stays busy with skiing, snow-boarding, mountaineering & ice-climbing all close to our fantastic location.

Dramatic and eerie, Glencoe & Glenfinnan, and the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, also await a few miles down the road and make excellent day trips from the hostel.

If all of this sounds far too much like hard work then perhaps go for a boat trip on Loch Linnhe to visit the seals or just take it easy amidst the wonderful scenery. The Ben Nevis distillery, Inverlochy Castle, the Ruined Fort, and Glen Nevis can all be reached without breaking a sweat!
You can perhaps catch the awesome steam train and head to Mallaig along one of the prettiest railway lines in the world. You even get to go over the Glenfinnan viaduct just like Harry Potter on the Hogwarts Express.

Whether you plan to chill out or perhaps test your skills on a World Cup mountain bike trail...Fort Willy Backpackers is the place for you!

Our friendly award-winning staff are committed to ensuring you make the most out of your time in Fort William. We also LOVE the outdoors and can give you our 'top tips' to help you plan your adventure.

Please note, due to past experiences, we cannot accommodate stag or hen parties. We require all guests to show valid photographic ID upon check in. If anyone in your group is under the age of 18, you MUST contact the hostel before making a reservation online. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.8

  • Security 8.8

  • Location 9.0

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 8.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    08 Oct 2021
    Great place to stay, clean and cosy. Free tea and coffee and comfy common area with a lovely view.
    Scotland, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    26 Sep 2021
    Stopped over here as I was working in the area. I liked the place and enjoyed the stay. The receptionist Jo was lovely.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    21 Sep 2021
    Great hostel with a great atmosphere.
    Germany, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    03 Oct 2021
    I had been walking for weeks so Fort William Backpackers was a needed break. A lovely building with good views n really friendly staff (I struggle socially but felt welcome here) the atmosphere was relaxed n chill, so much so I stayed 7 nights :) Glady unlike some hostels they care enough not to throw everyone out during the day so I got a good rest ready for my next journey fully charged. Joanna the host/manager was happy to help and chat as we're all the staff, will stay again and recommend.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    18 Sep 2021
    A well run hostel in a great central location, close to the train station and bus arrival/ departure point . The hostel itself is setback from the main roads, with pleasant views. Joanna and others working there were friendly and helpful , so I enjoyed my 3 days there. I would stay again if in the area.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    19 Oct 2021
    Thank you! Lovely stay with great people. What really stood out for us was how clean the facilities were. I think would have appreciated a lockbox option for under the bed, but otherwise I felt very trusting of the whole community during our stay.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 6.9


    23 Sep 2021
    The place is nice location as well. The place was packed, there are no lockers for luggage, meaning have to put everything on the floor obstructing the way as rooms are small for the number of beds they have, the bunk beds felt really insecure as no protection from a fall on the upper bed, and for one of the beds you had to be very careful to not hit your head on the ceiling as this was in an angle. and not much ventilation in rooms. Overall it didn't feel very secure. But the place is nice.
    Costa Rica, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 6.6


    07 Oct 2021
    This place is quite busy and very popular - everything is adequate and the beds are very comfortable. Not quite enough space for walkers kit in the large female dorm and a fight for the radiator of course to dry stuff. I like the self service breakfast option for those setting off early and helpful staff.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 6.3


    24 Sep 2021
    Does the job. Not a great welcome - standing for quite a while then greeted by a fairly grumpy lady. She was quite abrupt about needing to see ID - something we weren't aware of and didn't have. We were given a room for 6 people. On checking afterwards, we'd been charged for 8 people but were refused a refund of the other 2. The place is does the job for a backpackers, it's not in the centre but it's quite walkable in around 10 minutes. Charging for beds not provided doesn't seem reasonable.
    Scotland, Male, 31-40
  • 4.9


    03 Oct 2021
    The place is OK, bet the staff was very unprofessional and not helpful, even when we asked for assistance on a certain matter- they didn’t even hear us out, and just refused to listen. Of course we solved the problem ourselves, but it took a lot of time and effort that would have been saved if the staff had provided a little help (being local has its advantages even in the goggle era). There is more in being a hostel than just providing bed and breakfast - care about your guests’ stay!
    Israel, Male, 31-40
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games