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Fort William Backpackers

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Deep in the Highlands, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery lies Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK and a mecca for those with a spirit of adventure. Nestling on a hillside above the town, with wonderful views, our characterful and comfy hostel provides everything you'll need after a day in the hills. In the evening put your feet up in our sociable, elegant lounge in front of a real fire or stroll down to the choice of local pubs and restaurants that are literally minutes away. You can start (or end) the 'West Highland Way' & the 'Great Glen Way' in Fort William, hike or bike along mountain trails, canoe or kayak on the vast array of local water, go for a boat trip on Loch Linnhe to visit the seals or just take it easy amidst the wonderful scenery. Even in winter Fort William stays busy with skiing, snow-boarding, mountaineering & ice-climbing all nearby to our fantastic location.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. 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. Our friendly award winning staff are committed to ensuring you make the most out of your time in Fort William. They also LOVE the outdoors and can give you their 'top tips' to help you plan your adventure. 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! Fort William Backpackers is a beautiful Victorian building with a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We know how important it is to be able to relax after a hard days exploring and our cosy hostel is the perfect place to re-charge your batteries and share the tales of your adventures.We have a fabulous, elegant lounge with a REAL open fire and probably the best view in town! Our fully equipped self-catering kitchen comes complete with everything you will need to prepare your meals & packed lunches and you can help yourself to as much FREE tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you can drink!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. Our accommodation is made up of 5 Dormitory Rooms ,with a maximum of 8 beds in each room, and one private Twin Room. All of our beds are fully made up with fitted linen and 2 pillows so there is no need to bring your sleeping bag. Our hostel reception is open from 7am - 12pm & 5pm - 10.30pm. If you arrive in the afternoon, please feel free to leave your bags, help yourselves to a cup of tea and relax in our comfy lounge. We will check you in when we re-open at 17.00. We look forward to welcoming you to Fort William and our cosy hostel!
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The best hostel I found in Scotlan. Staff is super nice and welcoming, kitchen is well furnished, athmosphere is great and rooms are comfortable. The view from the hostel is great as well as its position: perfect starting point for hikings and few minutes walking from the bus
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Very friendly hotel and friendly staffs, well-equipped kitchen, very good wifi but they don't change the bed sheets and pillow cover after an occupant leaves the bed however it doesn't stink. Only six cars can park in the hotel car park however you can park in the neighborhood.
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Response from FortWilliamManager, Manager at Fort William Backpackers
Responded Dec 29, 2018
Helloooo Thank you for your review, so happy you found our staff happy and kitchen well equipped. We do change all bed linen after each guest. I am really sorry that you had to sleep in dirty sheets, I hope if you come again you will let us know straight away. At least the guest before was not too smelly!!! Cheeri
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Stayed here before biking the Gt Glen Way. Arrived late due to train delay but the room was comfortable, the staff great and represented good value for money. The location is good for the station and for the WHW/GGW.
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A very homely little place. I stayed here for one day in Nov 2018. Pros: Mostly clean; friendly staff; good crowd; comfortable lounge; well-stocked kitchen with free tea and coffee; good Wi-Fi in the rooms; good location. Cons: The shower was a little dirty and very cramped; I
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Very friendly hostel, clean and homely with a nice atmosphere. Was well organized and flexible. The kitchen fully equipped, with straightforward signs everywhere. A perfect base to explore the places around.
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Fort William Backpackers
Hi there! Thanks for asking! To get to the foot Mountain Track on Ben Nevis, you exit the hostel, walk down the hill to the A82/Belford Road, and turn Right. Follow this road until you reach a round about. Keep right on Glen Nevis road and walk for another 10-15 minutes. On your left you'll find the visitors centre. From here there are many signs pointing towards Ben Nevis trail, which starts on the left of the Parking lot. To get to Loch Ness you need a car or to take the bus. If you are taking the bus, Citylink runs regular routes from Fort William to Inverness, stopping off at the Scenic Urquhart Castle which sits on Loch Ness. If you have a car, you will travel north of Fort William and the rout is very well marked, with many signs. Hope this helps! If you have further questions, do not hesitate to ask. Kelsey Manager
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Hi there! It is a 5 minute walk from the Train station to Fort William Backpackers Hostel. When you exit the train station, take a left and cross Belford Road. Once you cross, continue left along this road. Take Alma road, the first road on your right and keep to the left hand side of it until you come to our hostel. It is big and an older style with a sign out the front. There are signs for all the roads. You can take a bus, but it is not necessary, we are very close to the train station! Hope this helps Kelsey Manager
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"Smaller rooms available"
"Large equipped kitchen so shop for your meals"
"Make sure you chill out by the fire in the lounge"
"WIFI is so slow it is best described as non existant"
"Get an upstairs room is possible"
$25 - $64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomScotlandLochaberFort William
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