5-Night Scottish Highlands Guided Walking

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Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 5 & 6

Glen Coe is arguably one of the most celebrated glens in the world with its volcanic origins, and its dramatic landscapes offering breathtaking scenery – magnificent peaks, ridges and stunning seascapes. Easy walks are available, although if you’re up for the challenge we have walks designed to test your stamina and bravery where you can tackle some of Scotland's best mountains.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the dramatic scenery and history of the Scottish Highlands
  • Opportunity to climb famous summits and bag 'Munros' (mountains over 3,000ft)
  • Explore the dramatic glens and coastal paths seeking out the best viewpoints.
  • Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning landscape to life.

What’s included

  • High-quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

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Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Nevis Riverside & Fort William Heights

Distance: 6 miles (10 km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In Summary: From the heart of the mountains we follow the River Nevis downstream, below the towering Ben Nevis, descending to Fort William.

HighlightExploring the river Nevis, with its falls and wildlife

Option 2 - The Lairigmor

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 2,050 feet (620m) 

In Summary: Walk from the northern shore of Loch Leven to the village of Kinlochleven. We’ll take a steep path up the hillside, then contour behind Mam na Gualainn to join the West Highland Way. 

Highlight: Follow the West Highland Way, Scotland’s premier long distance path, along part of General Wade’s 18th Century military road.

Option 3 - Beinn na Caillich

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 3,200 feet (980m) 

In SummaryFollow the undulating mountain ridge over the summits of Mam na Gualainn and Beinn na Caillich, before descending to join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven. 

HighlightThe 'Corbett' summit of Mam na Gualainn commands a fine view over Loch Leven and provides a good warm up for the other adventurous peaks later in the holiday.


Option 1 - Gleann Domhanaidh

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1000 feet (300m)

In Summary: Starting by the bottom station of the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola, we follow a trail through the Leanachan Forest to reach a magnificent viewpoint. From here we should be able to look up at the magnificent cliffs that make up the North Face of Ben Nevis as well as the arete at the head of the glen that provides the water for the Ben Nevis Whisky.  We descend past the distillery to arrive at historic Inverlochy Castle. Passing the site of 15th and 17th Century battles, we finish in Fort William with its shops, cafes, museum and information boards.

Highlight: The view of the North Face of Ben Nevis and Inverlochy Castle.

Option 2 - Below the North Face

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)

In summary: Ascend to the climbers’ hut below the mighty north face of Ben Nevis. We then contour below the massive Castle Ridge buttress and descend via the Pony Track to Glen Nevis.

Highlight: An opportunity to see the towering cliffs of the 'Ben's' North Face up close. These mighty cliffs provide some of Britain's best rock and ice climbing.

Option 3 - Ben Nevis

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 4,500 feet (1,380m)

In summary: Our objective today is the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Starting from Glen Nevis we follow the Pony Track which zig-zags up to the summit plateau. We return by the same route.

Highlight: This is a big walk with lots of ascent, however there's great satisfaction in reaching the top and momentarily becoming the highest person in Britain.


Discover more about Alltshellach and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Option 1 - Kentallen Peninsula

Distance:  miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In SummaryA coastal walk around the Kentallen Peninsula is a wonderful contrast to the inland mountains. Our route takes us around Cuil Bay and Kentallen Bay to finish at the Holly Tree Hotel. 

HighlightThe headland of Rubha Mor offers sweeping views across Loch Linnhe to the Isle of Mull and is a great place for spotting birds and seals.

Option 2 - Sgorr Dhearg from St John's Church

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 3,900 feet (1180m)

In Summary: Starting at sea level on the opposite side of Loch Leven from Alltshellach, we follow a gently rising track through the forest. The path then narrows and steepens until it emerges from the forest below the dramatic horseshoe ridge of Beinn a' Bheithir. We head towards the col then turn left to follow a wide ridge up to the summit of Beinn Dhearg.

We return by the same route to the valley of Gleann a' Chalois and walk back on forest tracks, over the Balachulish Bridge to the house.

Highlight: In the right conditions, the view from the summit includes the mountains above Glencoe, Ben Nevis and several Hebridean Islands.

Option 3 - Beinn a’ Bheithir

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Total ascent: 4,350 feet (1,320m) 

In Summary: Climb the summits of Sgorr Dhearg, Sgorr Dhonuil and Sgorr Bhan. From Ballachulish we ascend a rocky spur onto the main ridge of the Beinn a’ Bheithir mountain ridge and later descend through the wooded valley of Gleann a’ Chaolais to Alltshellach.

HighlightChoose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with an inspiring mountain panorama.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Alltshellach

Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is a picture of Highland solidity, with spectacular views of craggy mountains and grassy slopes beyond the loch. This pocket of domesticity lets you admire nature at your leisure though, sipping tea or G&T as you watch clouds scud across the sky. In fact, this one-time home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles has been recast as a hiker’s hotel, with an air of old-world splendour, excellent accommodation, three lounges and a supremely cosy Highland Bar that’s well-stocked with local beer and whisky, all of which is (almost) enough to distract you from the vast vistas over the waters. But it’s the great outdoors you’re here for and the house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

There are 38 comfortable bedrooms, all in the main house, with a range of Classic, Premium and Superior room options to choose from. Rooms radiate cosiness thanks to little touches – a remedy for even the dreichest day. Those with a view are worth the extra spend, as you’ll be overlooking the gardens and loch. The Superior rooms include Room 21, a spacious corner room with lovely views of Loch Leven, while Room 23 is a stately showstopper that was once the official Bishop’s bedroom, complete with original features and cracking views.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior' Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger televisions – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive gardens, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Stroll the gardens that dip down to the loch. The small peninsula at the bottom of the lawns is called An Dunan and often becomes an island at high tide – look for prehistoric rock art cut into the slabs on its side. Make time too to plunge into the heated indoor swimming pool (currently closed) and do a couple of lengths under the watchful eye of the mountains through the panoramic windows. Inside the house, head for one of the communal areas: you’ll have three to choose from and can kick back, relax and catch up with other guests. Later, stop in the Highland Bar for a nip of whisky or a nightcap – the comfy seats make a fine spot for a dram and there’s a range of good single malts to choose from that’ll have you believing you’re living a laird’s life.

Food & Drink

As at all of our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Alltshellach is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Alltshellach

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Getting to Alltshellach

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 5

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