Fort William Backpackers, Fort William

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Fort William Backpackers has a great, homelike atmosphere with stunning views over the mountains!

The Location

Fort William Backpackers is located about a ten-minute walk up the hill from the train and bus stations and from the Morrisons supermarket. It is also only a short distance to the main town centre, where you will find visitor information and loads of small shops for supplies and gifts.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms here are quite large and comfortable. Each room has a key to get in your room for which you have to leave a deposit of either money or an ID.

The bathrooms consist of one room that is unisex upstairs with two toilets in it and two showers. It can get quite crowded at times, but generally it is fine. There is a single toilet next to this, and downstairs there is a full private bathroom with toilet and shower and there are a few free toiletries left in here.

Common Spaces

There are a few common spaces in the hostel. There is a large living room, which has books, games, guitars, and records. It is quite a comfortable place to hang out and meet people, and the views here over the mountains are really nice for sitting and relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea.

There is also a large kitchen where they have free tea and coffee all day and loads of equipment to be able to cook whatever you want. When you are done cooking, there is the dining room, which has chairs and tables to sit and good views from here too. In good weather, there is also a patio outside that you can enjoy. Breakfast is served for a cheap fee in the morning from the dining room, if you would like to have breakfast included.


This is a great hostel -- it has parking, which is a plus given that it is hard to find central overnight parking in Fort William if you are traveling with a car. The staff are really nice and helpful and have good information on what to do around the area. It really does feel like a big communal home and is a really enjoyable place to stay and a good base from which to explore Fort William. It is highly recommended!
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Fort William Backpackers, Fort William
Fort William Backpackers, Fort William
Fort William Backpackers, Fort William
Fort William Backpackers, Fort William
Fort William Backpackers, Fort William
Fort William Backpackers, Fort William
Globetrotter Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-09-14


I found it to be a good and affordable place to stay. The receptionist (Ryan) is cool and friendly, and at the same time he has a good idea about the surrounding places to visit around fort william. You have a good kitchen where you can make your own stuff and to add free tea and coffee. However, the wifi sucks. You cannot get access in your rooms. You need to come downstairs for accessing. Overall, it was very good except wifi.

Age 26 | Indian

I love this hostel

This is a really relaxed and friendly hostel. There is a kitchen and dining room with free tea/coffee/hot chocolate. The common area is a cosy little lounge room. It's about a 5 mintute walk from the train station and the main street.


Very nice staff, great place to meet people. Cozy and clean. Breakfast is great value for money and tea, hot chocolate and coffee are free.


Choose the Fort William Backpackers if you want a classic bustling and lively backpacker hostel in the western Scottish Highlands.

The Location

Fort William Backpackers is about as close to the train station as you're likely to get. As such it is also close to two large supermarkets that are conveniently located next to the train station -- handy for supplies. You can be at the train station in five or ten minutes, and the town centre another five minutes or so after this.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This is a reasonably small hostel but it is packed to the rafters. There are more dorm rooms than you would have believed possible from looking at the size of the building and the place is often fully booked -- predominantly due to the low bed cost and the fact that Fort William is the most popular base for those visiting the Nevis range.

The dorms themselves also have as many beds as it is possible to squeeze in them. They are comfortable, if small (it's more akin to sleeping on a shelf than in a bed), and the linen is included in the bed price. Showers, however, are in short supply and it is important that you budget your time for a bit of a wait in the morning or evening if you're running to a schedule. The showers are also unisex, which some people might not be comfortable with.

Common Spaces

There are the usual common spaces -- kitchen, dining room (although, again, not adequately large for the volume of guests), computer area (although they also have Wi-Fi if you've brought your own laptop), and a common room that is usually too full to find much of a space in. After 10:30 p.m. is quiet time, which is considerate for those with early hikes or onward travel -- and most guests usually obey it. It's a good hostel for meeting people due to the number of them passing through and there's a friendly though not overly noisy atmosphere about the place.


Overall, this is a good place to stay in Fort William, even if it's often rather busy (and as such it is advisable to book ahead -- especially in the summer).

Laura Ferguson

Nice Place

Stayed at this place for just one night, they guy that runs it was very helpful and a really nice guy. The hostel is really just a big house so really easy to meet others staying there. Showers and toilets were fine and rooms were really clean.


MacBackpackers hostel equals excellent time. A small hostel run by very friendly people. It does seem to centre around the under-thirty crowd, but older people are welcome to stay there. It's a laid back hostel with a good attitude. The hostel was clean, the rooms were nice (single sex dorms) and small enough that you don't feel impersonal (six-bed dorms). The kitchen and lounge were great, cheap breakfast available. The kitchen lockout is not usually a problem (but I'm fairly sure that if you explained that you had to use it in the early morning they would not have a problem). Very helpful staff, there is plenty of information on things to do in the area (climb Ben Nevis). The bathrooms are excellent, and the showers were the closest thing to a shower at home that I was able to get while staying in hostels. I cannot recommend this hostel enough.

Neil Langshaw

Actually I would give this hostel a 5 star rating, but they messed up with my booking for the second night, so we had to leave, which was not very nice!! The hostel is very cozy and has a laid-back atmosphere. In the evening everyone was sitting in the lounge, playing cards or chess, reading, talking or knitting. The kitchen is a little bit small, but well equipped. All in all, it's a cool hostel!


The staff was really helpful and friendly. The only thing I didn't like was their rule where you couldn't use the kitchen before 7am. I decided to climb Fort William at 5am (my train left at noon), and had I not broken that rule, I would have never made it on an empty stomach. Who could it possibly bother? The bedrooms are pretty far away from the kitchen.


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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 elegant lounge in front of a real fire or stroll down to the choice of local pubs.

Location and Contact


Address: Alma Road, Fort William, The Highlands, Scotland

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Fort William Backpackers is part of the hostel chain MacBACKPACKERS

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Website Fort William Backpackers Fort William
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1397 700 711
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Facilities and Amenities



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Luggage Storage


BBQ Grill

Board Games

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: 02:00 (2 AM)

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 6 AM - 1 PM & 4:30 PM - 2 AM (06:00-13:00 & 16:30-02:00)


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