Fort William Backpackers

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Alma Road, Fort William, United Kingdom
Fort William Backpackers - Fun times (and too much alcohol, including the manager's entire crate of canned Guiness) at MacBackpckers.  Not to be recommended the night before you attempt to ascend Ben Nevis... 'ahem..' :)
Fort William Backpackers - It is a large, quite pretty house in places : stairwell landing window.
Fort William Backpackers - Car park at the rear (entrance to the hostel visible in the middle of photo).
Fort William Backpackers - Fort William MacBackpackers hostel viewed in its verdant surrounds as you ascend the small hill of Alma Road from the main street (A82) through Fort William.

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wanderlustdave wanderlu…
5 reviews
Fort William Backpackers May 11, 2010
Overall a very nice hostel. The lobby has a welcoming feel to it, the common room has a nice hearth, some comfy chairs and a few window benches that have a cozy warm feel to them. The kitchen is a decent size, breakfast is two pounds for ceral, juice, milk, and toast. The dining area is sort of small but welcoming, there are two computers for use by guests for a low cost.

It's a short walk from the train station and town and even looks appealing from the outside. The dorms have a homey feel to them even if they are a tad small, but this is probably due to the slanted ceilings that remind me of my attic bedroom growing up.
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Stevie_Wes Stevie_W…
10 reviews
Cheap yet priceless fun and friendship at perfectly situated hostel. May 27, 2008
My first time in a hostel for nearly a decade. An experiment ahead of the near constant need I will have for youth hostels in the coming couple of years. And a very successful experiment too!

MacBackers is a small collection of independent hostels dotted around Scotland; 6 in all (Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, Skye, Oban and Fort William). It is possible to do MacBackpackers tours of Sccotland using their chain of hostels and the MacBackpackers bus to take you from one destination to the next although I was just their for a few days to climb Ben Nevis.

It is perfectly situated in Fort William. It's not stuck in the town centre, whilst only being 7 mins walk away from the main high street and only 4-5 mins walk from Fort William train & bus station and the Co-op supermarket. Even better, one of the potential starting points for the charming and relaxing 30 minute walk through Glen Nevis to the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre (effectively base camp for The Ben) is LITERALLY a step across the road.

The place is light and airy, clean and well kept an set in a very picturesque building and garden with a great view down over Fort William and spacious, well-appointed and cutely chaotic communal areas. The washroom facilities are communal, whilst remaining adequately private for your needs if you're sensitive that way. There are single sex rooms, a twin room, and (I believe?) a mixed room also, all of which amusingly have their own names. I stayed in the 'Scottish Battles' room. Your beds too will have individual names to identify them :)

I had an exceptionally friendly and fun experience in my 3 days here. Everyone just wanted to get along and have a good time, including a hilarious impromptu 'standing in the kitchen getting toasted' party late into the second night, attended by both the amiable manager of the hostel Jerry and Simon the extremely friendly and helpful 'house handyman'.

It's very affordable at just £13.50 a night, and as much breakfast as you care to munch (without being overtly glutinous) is your for just £1.90 extra a day. Things are very laid back here and informal. No curfew and a car park that can hold up to about 5 cars too which is GREAT in Fort William where 'free' parking can be a bit of a nightmare.

Fantastic value, position and people. Party on... and I apologise to all the people we probably kept up with our drunken revelries :O
Fort William MacBackpackers hostel…
Car park at the rear (entrance to …
It is a large, quite pretty house …
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yheleen says:
great review ;)
Posted on: Aug 12, 2008

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