Fort William Backpackers
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 all 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.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Age Restriction
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Breakfast Not Included
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Parking
- Free WiFi
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Outdoor Terrace
- Reception (limited hours)
- Safe Deposit Box
- Swimming Pool
- Taxes included
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
- Towels Not Included
- Vending Machines
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
Please bring photographic identification with you – you will need it to check-into our hostel.
If any guest within your booking is under the age of 18 please contact us before making the reservation online.
As our accommodation is mainly comprised of dorm rooms, we can only accept families with children if the whole room has been booked for sole occupancy. We cannot accommodate children in dorm rooms with other guests and the maximum number of people allowed to sleep in our twin room is 2.
The hostel reception is open from 7am-12pm and then from 5pm-10.3opm. If you arrive in the afternoon feel free to make yourself at home and use the hostel facilities. Check-in is available again between 5pm & 10.30pm.
Fort William Backpackers is available for sole occupancy. To check availability & get a quote, please contact us.
Unfortunately, due to past experiences, we do not accept stag or hen parties
Cancellations made more than 24 hours prior to arrival will receive a 90% refund.
Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to arrival are non-refundable.
(Please note that in order to receive a 90% refund; you must cancel prior to 12.00 noon the day before your booking is due to commence)
Please note: Fort William Backpackers does not have a 24 hour reception. 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 all 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.
Group Bookings: Groups of 6 guests or more need to contact the hostel to make a booking.
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If arriving into Fort William from the South:
Follow the main road beside the loch until you reach a large roundabout beside Morrisons supermarket. At this roundabout turn right and follow the road past the hospital which will be on your right hand side. Shortly after the hospital turn right into Alma Road. When the road forks bear left and continue up the hill. Our hostel is on the corner on the right hands side and our car park entrance is just as you come around the corner.
If arriving from the North:
Go straight on at the roundabout next to the Ben Nevis Distillery which will be on your left hand side and follow the main road towards the town centre. At the mini roundabout, turn right. Follow the road past the leisure centre and just after the playing fields turn left into Alma Road. A few metres later you take the left hand fork, go up the hill and just as you come around the corner you will see the entrance to our hostel carpark on the right hand side.
By Bus & Train:
Walk out of the stations towards the main road and bear left walking away from the lochside. Walk up to the pedestrian crossing opposite the hospital and cross over the road. Turn left and walk about 200 metres and take your first right turn into Alma Road. Take the left fork in the road, walk up the hill to the corner and you will find us on your right hand side.