The 8 locks of Neptune's Staircase on the Caledonian Canal at Banavie, Fort William (Pic: Iain Ferguson

Terms & Conditions

Your holiday time is precious. We want you to have a relaxing stay with us, so that you get the maximum benefit from your break. We want you to feel comfortable with our Terms and Conditions (T&Cs), which are designed to keep everyone safe and happy during their stay. By booking with us, you are agreeing to each one of these T&Cs, so please look before you book!

1. Bookings, cancellations & discounts

Minimum stay: 2 nights

No check-ins or check-outs on Tuesday or Thursday, sorry.

Parents with children: please note that top beds are high, stones are uneven and boggy bits are yucky. Please assess the risks for your individual children if they are under 12 so that you are comfortable with those risks whilst you are staying with us.

Sorry, due to deer stags roaming the site, we cannot accept dogs.


In case of cancellation within 7 days of check in due to outside influences (illness, transport worker strikes, etc) full refunds will be given, or the date of the booking moved to a new date.

However, if the cancellation is falls within 7 days of the booking start date/check in, and there are no outside influences at play (eg. the guest just changes their mind) refunds will only be given if the booking can be filled by Back Track Bothies. 

We are not greedy corporate crazies, so will always try to come to a compromise with guests, such as moving the booking to another date or holding a credit. 


  • Solo occupancy discount - solo travellers get 15% off the nightly rate (select on booking, any Bothy) 
  • Adult and child adventure - 1 x adult and 1 x child exploring together get a 10% discount (select on booking, Clanranald Bothy)
  • Just for two discount - 2 guests get 10% off the nightly rate (select on booking - Glenaladale and Keppoch 4-person Bothies only)
  • Longer stays discount- slower travel discount - book 4-7 nights and get a 5% discount on Mon-Thurs nights (automativcally applied on booking, any Bothy)
  • Long weekend discount - linger longer at the weekend and get 10% off Fridays when you book a 3-night weekend (Fri, Sat and Sun night stay, automatically applied on booking, any Bothy)

2. Arrivals/Departures 

Arrivals are from 1500-1900 (3pm-7pm). If you will be arriving later or running late, please let us know by text, phone call or email. If you'd like to be met on site, please mention this when you book. Otherwise, there will be a key for self-entry. 

Departures are by 1000 (10am) to allow us to clean thoroughly before the next guests arrive.

Please help us (if you have time, no pressure!) by stripping the beds and placing bedding/towels on the floor, emptying rubbish at the Recycling Area, and take any glass/bottles to the bottle bank at the Glenfinnan House Hotel (which you pass on the way out) before leaving. Please remember to put the key back where you found it, thank you. 

3. Groups

We welcome family groups, groups of friends, association or recreational club members (eg. walking groups) getting together for relaxing breaks or share hobbies etc.

Sorry, but we cannot take single-sex groups, such as hen and stag parties, 18th/21st birthday groups or groups of unsupervised guests under 18.

Back Track Bothies is not 'party central' and it would be unfair on our neighbours for us to accept such groups, sorry.

4. Sorry, we cannot accept pets

5. Safety and security

All guests will have emergency contact details for us, and when it is appropriate to use them. No-one other than those named on the booking can occupy the Bothies overnight. 

6. Quiet time

Noise pollution will be taken very seriously. We operate a strict 'no noise' policy between 2200 and 0700 to preserve the peace and quiet of our neighbours and other guests, and to respect their right to this. As a rule of thumb, if you are outside sitting round the fire pit talking and you are speaking louder than you would round the dinner table, then it's too loud!

7. Parking 

Whilst we would love for everyone to come to the Bothies on public transport, we appreciate that many guests will still travel to us by car (hopefully quite a few in electric cars), so each Bothy has a  parking space. Please note because we are adjacent to the Back Track (a core path) we cannot accept vehicles over 4.5 metres/15 feet in length.

Guests then walk up to their Bothy. No cars are allowed on site as there are no parking spaces beyond the car park. We provide a festival cart for each Bothy for ferrying suitcases and bags from cars, and for using to collect kindling and wood for the woodburning stoves, bath and fire pits. Great fun if you are travelling with kids, send them up to your Bothy when you arrive to fetch your cart! The nearest charge points for electric cars are in Fort William and Arisaig.

8. Respect the stags! 

One of the benefits of living on the doorstep of such an amazing wild place is the presence of red deer stags. In the winter months they come down from the hills and can be seen in and around the village. Even in the summer they can be found mooching about the village. Please remember these are large, wild animals weighing around 200kg so give them a wide berth and please don't try to hand feed them or leave food out for them. 'Tame' stags are never really tame and get quite pushy if they associate you with food. Sadly, feeding stags can lead to them becoming a danger to folk and then eventually shot by the local estate factor and his team. Keeping a respectful distance, taking photos and observing them, will prevent this from happening.

9. No smoking or shoes inside, please

We provide a wee flowerpot of sand by each Bothy for cigarettes if you want to smoke. No smoking inside please.

Please, please, please take off shoes/boots on the black area just inside the door and use the rubber 'shoe tray' to store shoes and boots. We believe outside dirt and grime should be left outside and inside is for bare feet or padding around in socks.

Please note 

Anyone ignoring these Terms & Conditions, and/or acting irresponsibly, will be judged to have terminated their contact with Back Track Bothies, and therefore their stay, and will be asked to leave immediately.


'The earth is a fine place, and worth fighting for' - Ernest HemingwayC

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Our sister business:
Glenfinnan Sleeping Car

If the Bothies are full, have a look at our sister business, the Glenfinnan Sleeping Car, which is a hostel/bunkhouse for up to 10 guests, just 5 minutes' walk away at Glenfinnan Station.

The Sleeping Car is a quirky, cool, comfortable vintage train carriage with shared facilities. The private 'rooms' are actually compartments with the original sliding doors. 

Most of the compartments are bookable by the night, with the exception of the 'Family Room' and the 'Whole Carriage' (exclusive use), which have a 2-night minimum.

Click below for the Glenfinnan Sleeping Car website and booking...


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