My boyfriend and I showed up to Fort William on an autumny evening in October and were superlatively lucky to find last minute accomodation in Achintee Farm. There were no private rooms left, but the owners were sporting enough to offer us sole use of the 5-bed dorm for a marginally higher price (yet still lower than the SYHA standard rate). This dorm has its own very well equipped and spacious kitchen, shower room and separate lavatory, and would be a fun place to stay with a group of friends. Rooms are basic as you expect from a hostel of this kind, but extremely clean. The owner gave us splendid and encouraging advice on climbing the mountain and offered the loan of a laminated map/guide. Achintee is right under Ben Nevis, so you can start your walk right out of the front door. (Weather very wild up there. Wear proper clothing!). After we arrived back at Achintee, exhausted, cold, saturated and very, very pleased with our achievement, we laid our wet gear in the very useful drying room in the basement (the next day when I went to collect it I found that a kind anonymous person had stuffed our soaked walking boots with newspaper and hung them to dry all the better.... thank you, whoever you were!). There was also space in the drying room to dry our tent, which had got very wet the night before our arrival at Achintee. For our second night at Achintee we were moved to a private twin room, which shared a very large kitchen, dining and sitting area with a second twin room. Here we met a friendly German couple who mentioned that it was their 17th stay at Achintee since they enjoyed staying there so much. On our final morning my boyfriend really couldn't find his mobile, and the owner couldn't have been more understanding that we were an hour late checking out because of it (the phone eventually turned up down the back of the sofa). We paid £20pppn for sole use of the 5-bed dorm (usually £17) and £19pppn for the private twin room. My overall impression is that you couldn't find a nicer place to stay if you want to climb Ben Nevis.
- Also Known As:
- Achintee Farm Hotel Fort William
- Achintee Farm Fort William, Scotland