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Chase The Wild Goose Hostel

I stayed one night at Chase the Wild Goose Hostel, mainly because I could not find accommodation at Fort William. It was easy to find from the station and in a quiet cul-de-sac.

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About Chase The Wild Goose Hostel

FANTASTIC HOSTEL IN FORT WILLIAM, with friendly environment and beautiful surroundings. The hostel is located at Banavie, close to the Caledonian Canal with the Lochy Bar and Moorings Hotel just a stones throw away for meals and refreshments after a long day on the hill or touring the Scottish Highlands.

THE HOSTEL has 46 beds in a mix of double, twin, family and dormitory accommodation, providing for the needs of individuals, families, backpackers and small groups. Theres a small self-catering kitchen should you want to cook your own meals, but you can buy our famous 'All-You-Can-Eat-Anytime' Continental Breakfast for just a few pounds. You can eat it any time, even before you go to bed. Being a little out of town we hope to offer a better nights sleep before your energetic day on the hills than perhaps you might receive in a town centre establishment.

OUR GUESTS - The hostel is also a popular stop-over for enthusiasts on the 3-peaks challenge, walkers of the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way and caters for visitors to the Mountain Bike challenges nearby, water sports enthusiasts and can even organise a mountain guide to take you up Ben Nevis. Backpackers from around the globe have enjoyed their stay.

BEN NEVIS - To top all this, the area is renowned for having the best views of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.

'HOGWARTS EXPRESS' - If you are less energetic, visit Neptunes Staircase or ride the famous Jacobite Steam Train featured in the Harry Potter films, as the 'Hogwarts Express'.

Come and experience this amazing place...! Our testimonials show us to be one of the best hostels near Ben Nevis.

For booking-validation the hostel requires a valid telephone number and re-confirmation of card security details to process payment of the first nights fees. Hostel staff will normally contact YOU. If they do not, please contact the hostel at least 48 hours prior to your stay to re-confirm your card details by phone or by email. If planning to arrive when Reception is closed between 10:00 hrs and 17:00 hrs or after 22:00 hrs (but BEFORE 23:30 hrs) you must phone to pre-arrange this with staff. A small fee may apply.

SORRY, NO STAG OR HEN GROUPS

CHECK-IN OPEN 17:00 hrs 22:00 hrs.

UNDER 18s MUST HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION.

WE REGRET CHILDREN UNDER 5 ARE NOT ACCEPTED

This is a non-smoking hostel.

Groups are very welcome.

SORRY, we do not accept STAG or HEN groups

Important Information

Conditions

HOSTEL TERMS & CONDITIONS SUMMARY

Fully paid beds are fully secure

If you haven't fully pre-paid, your room/dorm bed is guaranteed only until 18:00hrs. If you expect to arrive later we suggest you forward us the 3 digit security code that appears on the back of the same credit card you used to make your reservation. Without this information you risk losing your reservation and the deposit/fee already paid.

When you forward us this number, we will not charge your card unless we determine you are a “no-show” and you have not cancelled your booking in advance of your stay. When you do arrive you will be able to pay by card or cash, when the 3-digit number will be discarded.

Here are a few things to help your stay with us begin smoothly:

1. GROUPS of 10 or more guests must pay in full 42 days in advance of stay. The balance shall be processed automatically from the card used to pay the deposit;

2. ARRIVAL is between 17:00 hrs and 22:00 hrs. If arriving after 18:00 you must contact us to pre-pay your accommodation in full, or risk losing your bed and your deposit;

3. EARLY & LATE ARRIVAL - you MUST call us to pre-arrange. A small fee is payable, per person. Arrivals after 23:30 hrs will be refused entry and any payment forfeit. Late TRAIN Arrivals - guests should retain their train tickets for a refund of the Late Arrival charge;

4. SECURITY - hostel access is by door-code issued on arrival and a bedroom key is provided. Lockers can be rented for laptops, valuables, etc;

5. DEPARTURE is from 08:00 hrs to 10:00 hrs. You can leave early, but please arrange with hostel staff when you arrive;

6. BREAKFAST* is available at a small charge, and should be purchased in advance of arrival if possible. It is self-serve and can be consumed at any time;

7. PAYMENTS: Cheque payments are not accepted. Payments by the following cards:Visa Debit / Delta, Visa Credit, Maestro/Switch, MasterCard. A Card Handling Fee of 50p will apply to all DEBIT Card transactions; 2% (min GBP1.00) to all other Card transactions. Full payment will be processed prior to arrival whenever possible.

8. AMENDMENT & CANCELLATION: The first night's fee is non-refundable. If a booking is amended or cancelled less than 7 days before arrival day then a charge equal to 100% of the stay will be made. Must be in writing/by email; An amendment charge of GBP15.00 may be applied at our discretion;

9. SMOKING: Guests may smoke outside only. Guests found smoking in any building or outhouse will be required to leave the premises without further recourse or refund of fees;

10. BEHAVIOUR: We are a hostel for walkers, climbers, outdoor enthusiasts and backpackers. We do not accept Hen or Stag parties. We really don't mind you having a few drinks, but if you expect to become heavily intoxicated with alcohol please let us know so we can redirect you elsewhere. For the convenience of sleeping guests we operate a 'NO NOISE' policy between 23:00 hrs and 07:00 hrs. Guests who flout this requirement regretfully may be asked to leave immediately with no refund of fees;

11. GROUP CANCELLATION - In the event it has not been possible to automatically process the balance payment or if a balance payment is not received on the due date the booking will be cancelled, and all monies paid and group concessions will be forfeit. Subsequent re-instatement of a Group Booking will be at prevailing rates. If Group numbers are reduced or a booking is cancelled within the 6 weeks prior to the day of arrival no refund is payable. Groups may be requested to pay a security deposit before their stay;

12. LOST KEYS - a charge of GBP5.00 will be made for any key lost or not returned, and will be charged from the payment card;

OTHER SERVICES

*BREAKFAST: An excellent value self-serve (continental style) 'ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT-ANYTIME' Breakfast is available at (Advance-pay) GBP 3.50 per person. Large bowl of cereal with cool fresh milk, fresh fruit juice, hot buttered toast with jam, tea or coffee and seconds for those with a BIG appetite. A little more is charged at the door. Groups - please book in advance. Reply to this email or call 01397 772531

DRIP DRYING ROOM. There is no charge for drying clothes in the Drip Drying Room, however a heat source is not guaranteed. Please tell us in advance if you may require this service. There is also outside space to hang clothes.

WI-FI is available - please ask when you arrive. A small daily charge of GBP 2.00 applies (2014)

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Great Glen Way Lochiel Crescent, Banavie

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Guest Reviews

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

I stayed one night at Chase the Wild Goose Hostel, mainly because I could not find accommodation at Fort William. It was easy to find from the station and in a quiet cul-de-sac.

As I did not have a car and was reliant on public transport, it probably would not have been a good location long-term unless you were into serious "walking". Very close to Neptune's Staircase if you want to see it. Not many shops etc. nearby. Walked for quite a while before I found a little SPAR shop.

However, it was clean and the member of staff on duty was very helpful.

Overall
4
Location
3
Cleanliness
4
Value
4
Facilities
4
Service
4

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

Fantastic hostel - set amidst stunning views and maintaining high standards of comfort and cleanliness. Highly welcoming staff and a generally friendly yet unintrusive atmosphere. Close to Fort William (yet far apart in terms of scenery) and so a great stopping point before venturing further into the highlands. I would definatley reccommend this hostel to anyone wanting to walk, cycle or simply travel through a spectacular part of the world. The hostel is also close to a pub (named the lochy) with colourful locals and a pool table.

Overall
4
Location
5
Cleanliness
4
Value
4
Facilities
4
Service
4

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*  The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 83% for this property is based on ratings provided by 72 guests.

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