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Fort William Backpackers
Doncaster
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44 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Does what it says on the tin”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2011

Very basic shared dorms and no storage for anything but saying that it was cheap. Good location in Fort William and ideal for Ben Nevis....met some colourful characters there too. The guy who owns/works there was pretty helpful about where to go and eat in the Town but it was good to chill out in the place and chat with other travellers. I would recommend it to friends but wouldn't plan on them liking it

  • Stayed October 2011
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2011

Good value and clean hostel just what was needed when walking the Great Glen Way

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

Second visit here - first in 1995 and then back in 2011. You know what's really lovely? It hasn't changed one iota, and god bless it for that! It's warm, friendly, cosy, and welcoming. The staff are terrific, and despite my getting so drunk in town that night that I ended up locking myself out of my dorm half naked, and having to sleep in another random dorm (thankfully there was a vacant bed...I think) I had a ball! The front balcony was perfect for a few pints before heading out - it has great atmosphere and we actually got a little sun - yes, sun! What a great day, what a great hostel, and what a headache the next day on the road to Mallaig. No amount of Barocca, Nurofen Plus, Alka-Seltzer, water, fresh fruit or fresh air was going to dull that baby - and I have you to thank Fort William Backpackers, you in all your glory for those of us who treasure your cosiness-ness and hospitality. I'll be back one day, and do it all again! Don't you go changin', ya hear!

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2011

Don't stay here if you want a soulless clinical hotel or if you want to be alone and not interact with others. Don't stay here if you want everything to be new, perfect and shiny. Don't stay here if you can't walk / cycle uphill (actually don't come to NW Scotland if you don't like hills)

DO stay here if you want a chilled-out relaxed experience where you make new friends eat with others, cook with others, get invited out into town with the staff and other guests, play the resident guitar or listen to it played.
I really enjoyed my two days here and was made very welcome even though I did feel like the "old man" at 43 yo. The staff were great and the views from the house were amazing. But this is a house which feels lived in. The kitchen gets used a lot and is a bit small - this means you have to talk to each other! The team of staff work hard to keep the place clean.
Rooms are communal dorms.
Wifi is free (using a PC is £1 for 30 mins)
Links in to the McBackpackers set up of tours and transport
Only two shared bathrooms
A great lounge is available for guests
Reception is closed 12-5 but if you have a booking you can still come in and use the shower and kitchen "make yourself feel at home" says the sign
The drying room is effective but very small
Breakfast is £2 for toast cereal, juice coffee etc.
Free tea and coffee are available all the time
There is reggae music 'til 10.30 which i think helps the atmosphere although others may disagree.
Location is excellent really close to Ft William town centre / Morrison's supermarket etc
Camping available
I have to say that I didn't really like staying in a named bed called "sheep shagging" either...didn't mind Rabbie Burns or William Wallace too much though.
This place fills up every night in summer which is testament to its popularity.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Hobart, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2011

We stayed one night. Got drunk at the hostel. Got drunker in Fort William. Locked ourselves out of our room so slept in spare bed and on the couch. Staff seemed OK except for the guy who went off at me for making a hot chocolate at 2.00am. Can't really say much more about the place but I am sure you get the picture.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Fort William Backpackers

Property: Fort William Backpackers
Address: Alma Road, Fort William PH33 6HB, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Fort William
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Fort William
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,184 - ₹ 3,791
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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! ... more   less 
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