Christmas & New Year Walking at Glen Coe

Scotland

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  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £389.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Christmas HolidaysHoliday Highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol evenings and New Year celebrations
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included?

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Alltshellach in Glen Coe, Scotland

Alltshellach is a fine highland residence, situated on the dramatic shores of Loch Leven. With magnificent mountain views, excellent accommodation and a superp indoor pool, it's extremely popular with all outdoor enthusiasts.

Alltshellach has 37 bedrooms, all located in the main building. Many of the rooms enjoy excellent views of the loch and the surrounding mountains. 

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers 
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Three lounges 
• Multi-purpose ballroom 
• Highland bar
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms 
• Range of board games and books
• Heated indoor swimming pool
• Extensive gardens with views and access to Loch Leven

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Glen Coe evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

More details on Glen Coe accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued on request
  • A small fridge is available for storing medication  Good signage for fire escape routes
  • One bedroom key issued per room (second key available on request)
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff has had disability awareness training

Itinerary

The walks in the West Highlands can be sublime at this time of year, but they can be also be challenging because of the combination of short daylight hours and sometimes extreme weather. We will not be walking on terrain which demands specialist skills and equipment such as ice axes and crampons. 

Typically, easier walks are up to 6 or 7 miles (9.5-11km) at most with a few hundred feet (up to 100m) of ascent, medium walks are up to 7 or 8 miles (11-13km) with up to about 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent, while harder walks can be up to about 9 or 10 miles (14.5-16km) with up to about 3,000 feet (900m) of ascent.


Christmas - Festive Guided Walking

23 December 2017


At 4.30pm we’ll offer afternoon tea and welcome you to Alltshellach - an opportunity to meet your leaders and fellow guests.


24 December 2017 - Christmas Eve

Glen Nevis provides the starting point for the easier walk; we follow the river downstream before ascending the ridge of Cow Hill for great views over Fort William, Loch Eil and hopefully further north. The medium walk starts at the head of Glen Nevis and explores the dramatic gorge which leads up to the meadows below the superb Steall Falls. The harder aims right for the heart of the spectacular mountain scenery on the north face of Ben Nevis, offering arguably the finest views of Britain’s highest mountain before walking down into Fort William.


25 December – Christmas Day
Our staff and leaders wish all our guests a very Merry Christmas. 

We’ll build up an appetite on circular walks to and from Alltshellach. Our shortest walk goes along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe on a cycle track that follows the route of the old railway from Ballachulish, before returning the same way. En route we can visit the monuments to James Stewart and the Appin murder that features in ‘Kidnapped’, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stretch your legs further on the medium walk as we take good forest tracks and paths towards Ballachulish, via Gleann a’ Chaolais, on the other side of the iconic bridge. The harder walk has the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dearg in its sights, weather permitting.

When you return to Alltshellach there will be a gift for each of our guests under the tree. After pre-dinner drinks our Christmas meal will be the highlight of the evening – enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer. This is an opportunity to dress up – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.


26 December 2017 – Boxing Day
Historic Glen Coe, scene of the famous massacre, is the focus for today’s walks. The easier takes in the wonderful views from “Hospital” Lochan, sitting just above Glencoe village itself. The finish is at the Clachaig Inn, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. The medium walk visits the the famous Lost Valley, and the harder may tackle Sgorr na Ciche (the Pap of GlenCoe), a relatively low top sitting right at the north west end of Glen Coe, with incredible views.


27 December 2017

For those arriving today we’ll offer afternoon tea and welcome you to Alltshellach - an opportunity to meet your leaders and fellow guests.


28 December 2017 

Lismore island is a favourite in the summer and tends to remain “green” even when other areas are covered in snow, so we’ll hope to enjoy its delights today on the easier walk. However, strong winds can prevent the ferry from running, in which case we look to the mainland coastline nearby for some super alternatives. The medium walk heads into Glen Stockdale, where the majority of the walk is in a north easterly direction so prevailing winds are at our backs. The medium walk heads into Gleann a’ Chaolais, as far as the bealach (pass) between two mighty munros. The harder walk may tackle Sgorr a’ Choise. Though not a particularly high hill it stands proud of its bigger neighbours and, with the final route to the summit being quite steep, it has an extra zest of achievement. 


29 December 2017

We travel east up Loch Linnhe towards Kinlochleven, one-time centre of an important aluminium smelting industry and where all today’s walks finish. The easier walk starts with a gradual ascent to Mamore Lodge, and joins the old military road for a foray to the foot of the giants of the Mamore hills. The medium starts from Callert on the northern shore of Loch Leven, and takes a steep path up to a low point on the main ridge before continuing on the West Highland way to Kinlochleven. The harder takes a similar line but contours around Mam na Gualainn before its descent to the village.


30 December 2017

At 4.30pm we’ll offer afternoon tea and welcome you to Alltshellach - an opportunity to meet your leaders and fellow guests. 


31 December 2017 – New Year’s Eve

Historic Glen Coe, scene of the infamous massacre, is the focus for today’s walks. The easier walk takes in the hopefully wonderful views from Hospital Lochan, sitting  just above Glencoe village itself. The finish at the Clachaig Inn is an experience in itself, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. The medium walk may attempt a real step back in time as it visits the hideout of the fleeing clansmen and women after the Glencoe Massacre, the Lost Valley, before walking down the Glen to the Clachaig. The harder walk could attempt Sgorr na Ciche (aka the Pap of Glen Coe), a relatively low top sitting right at the north west end of the glen, but with incredible views. 

In the evening join us for pre-dinner drinks, before a fantastic celebration dinner - you are invited to ‘dress to impress’. After dinner enjoy a traditional Scottish Hogmanay to see in 2017! 


1 January 2018

We wish all our guests a Happy New Year.  We’ll build up an appetite on circular walks to and from Alltshellach. Our shortest walk goes along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe on a cycle track that follows the route of the old railway from Ballachulish, before returning the same way. En route we can visit the monuments to James Stewart and the Appin murder that feature in ‘Kidnapped’, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stretch your legs further on the medium walk as we take good forest tracks and paths towards Ballachulish, via Gleann a’ Chaolais, on the other side of the iconic bridge. The harder walk has the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dearg in its sights, weather permitting.


2 January 2018

The far side of Fort William gives us great views of Ben Nevis; the easier walk has it in sight at all times as it starts near Fort William by the longest stair case flight of locks in Britain, Neptune's Staircase, and then follows the Caledonian Canal down to the sea at Loch Eil and into Fort William. We may alternatively visit the hills and glens to the south east of Fort William. The medium walk starts at the head of Glen Nevis and explores the dramatic gorge which leads up to the meadows below the superb Steall Falls. The harder aims right for the heart of the spectacular mountain scenery under the north face of Ben Nevis, offering arguably the finest views of Britain’s highest mountain before walking down to Fort William. 

Local area

Discover the Highlands

Alltshellach is situated beside the shores of Loch Leven. This is a spectacular location with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

About 2 miles away, across the loch is the village of Ballachulish. Here you’ll find a post office, food store and bank. A much wider range of facilities can be found in Fort William, about 14 miles to the north.

As the adventure capital of Britain, the Lochaber region is a popular destination for all outdoor enthusiasts. During your stay in Glen Coe you may enjoy visiting the following activities and places of interest:

 

Steam train crossing the Glenfinnan viaductJacobite Steam Train   
Ride the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. This stunningly scenic line includes the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films. Steam trains run every day and early booking is reccomended. www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite

 

 

Calmac ferry passing lighthouse at entranceto Oban harbourIsle of Mull
Reached by car ferry from Oban, or Lochaline, Mull is one of the most popular Scottish islands. You could visit the colourful harbour at Tobermory or the abbey on Iona. www.calmac.co.uk/mull

 

Isle of Lismore                
The peaceful island of Lismore is ideal for a relaxed exploration. You can hire bikes at Port Appin, about 30 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, then take the short ferry crossing to the island.

Oban    
The bustling harbour town of Oban, about 45 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, is a popular destination. There's always plenty of activity around the harbour and its well worth the walk up to McCaig's Tower, a remarkable folly built in the style of a Roman ampitheatre, with commanding views over the town.

Eilean Donan castle and its surrounding lochEilean Donan Castle
Nearly 80 miles drive north from Alltshellach is this romantic and much photographed Scottish lochside castle.  Located on a small island just offshore, the castle is isolated by the sea at high tide, only accessible via a stone bridge. www.eileandonancastle.com

3 people ice climbing with ice axesIce Factor         
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven. www.ice-factor.co.uk

Travel

Travel to Glen Coe

Our address is: Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest station is Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

 Travel by plane

By air:

Many guests opt to fly to Glasgow Airport, then join our transfer coach to Glen Coe. See www.easyjet.com, www.ba.com, or www.flybe.com

Bus

Glasgow to Glen Coe transfer

We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The transfer is £30 return and £20 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved at least 7 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558. 

On arrival days our coach leaves Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station at 4.15pm, or Glasgow airport at 4.45pm. We will arrive at Alltshellach at 7pm which is in time for dinner on your first evening.

On departure day the transfer will get you back to Glasgow Airport by 11.30am and to Buchanan Street bus station by 12.00 noon.

** Buchanan Street bus station is about 15 mins walk from Glasgow central station (frequent buses are available) or 5 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street station.

Bus

By bus:

If you are not travelling on a Saturday, the journey from either Glasgow Buchanan Street or the airport can be made using the Scottish Citylink bus, numbers 914 or 915. See www.citylink.co.uk for the timetable. Ask the driver to stop at the north side of Ballachulish Bridge - from here it is a 400 metre walk to Alltshellach.

 

Driving to us

By car:

From Glasgow take the A82 towards Crianlarich. Continue on the A82 towards Fort William. Head for Ballachulish keeping the village on your left. Go straight on at the roundabout over the steel bridge and take the second right B863 to Kinlochleven and the seafood restaurant. Alltshellach is 400 yards further on, on your right.

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Ideally book a flight to Glasgow Airport. From here you can join our coach transfer to Alltshellach (see above).

The next best option to fly to Manchester Airport, which has a better range of long-haul flights. There are trains from the airport to Glasgow (some direct, other need 1 change). Allow 4 hours to get to Glasgow, then join our coach transfer to Alltshellach. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 4 £695.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 7 £969.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 3 £389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 7 £899.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 4 £645.00 Book Now
22 Dec 2018 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 6 £919.00 Book Now
28 Dec 2018 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 6 £875.00 Book Now

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  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
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