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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
  • Excellent 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 9.1

  • Security 8.5

  • Location 9.2

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.7

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    08 Jun 2019
    Brilliant hostel, booked last minute as our yacht was in Corpach and not Inverness. Lovely twin room. The views from the hostel were great. My daughter and I appreciated a hot chocolate each before bed!
    England, All Female Group, 41+
  • 9.7


    28 May 2019
    Loved my stay here!! It’s more of a big family house rather than a hostel. They put on a big open fire at night in the sitting room. Staff are all super friendly and helpful, the place is spotless, really comfy beds, 10min walk from town and bus station. Only downside is there are no small lockers to put valuables in. Other than that it’s perfect!
    Ireland, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    19 May 2019
    Comfortable hostel, clean and the staff were very helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend this chilled out hostel and will definitely be back
    Scotland, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    16 Jun 2019
    Great place to set up your Ben Nevis base camp when on a low budget! The staff was very friendly and helpful! A bit too warm in the rooms.
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    10 Jun 2019
    Great value for money, really friendly hostel, lots of people sat around the fire in the garden chatting in the evening. Andy was super friendly & helpful, even offered us all a whiskey to celebrate his birthday. The only negative is the sound proofing between rooms Is really poor & people in other rooms were getting up from 4am to start their hikes which woke everyone in our room up. But overall I’d certainly recommend this place just bring some earplugs if you want an early night or lie in.
    England, All Male Group, 31-40
  • 9.4


    27 May 2019
    First of all I actually booked a 8 bed dorm, but at last it was a 10 bed dorm! Unfortunately there was almost no room for luggage and no reading lamp and sockets at the beds. But the familiar atmosphere, free hot chocolate, the cozy living room with fireplace and the great views over Fort William made it to the perfect place to relax after 7 days on west highland way. The staff was very welcoming and kitchen and drying room are available. Breakfast for 3 GBP is very extensive.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    06 Jun 2019
    It was a place to sleep for us for one night, so we didn’t really get to experience the hostel’s atmosphere, but for the night we were there it was pretty good. Easy walking to town! The beds were comfy and the host nice The kitchen was reasonably messy as it was currently dinner time when we and others were using it, but the bathrooms could have used a mid day cleaning. And a rule to shut the shower door when occupied! Or non coed bathrooms. My sister in law was a little scarred we’ll say.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0


    01 Jun 2019
    Best beds I've seen in a hostel so far, with firm pillows and warm duvet. A thick curtain to make the room dark. The staff was friendly and helpful. A bit disappointed to find the main door open at midnight that concerns me about security but I'm sure this was a temporary issue. I definitely recommend it.
    Italy, Male, 31-40
  • 8.0


    20 May 2019
    Good location (5minute walk to the station/town), clean, very warm at night (they turn up the heaters) so don’t rug up like I did for my first night in Scotland. I only met the one staff member (Ben) but he was lovely, very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend
    Australia, Female, 31-40
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    14 May 2019
    Good hostel. Staff are friendly, and it's a good location. Showers are gross though. Some hair and stuff on the floor. No USB chargers by the bunks like there are normally at other hostels. Definitely doable though. Would stay there again.
    USA, Female, 18-24
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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