5-Night Scottish Highlands Guided Walking

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Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 5 & 6
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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
  • 4 days guided walking
  • 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 PDFs for each holiday.

Download Trip Notes

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.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Isle of Lismore

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Ascent: 680 feet (200m) 

In SummaryTake the ferry to Lismore for an exploration of this tranquil island. We'll visit the picturesque old fishing village of Port Ramsay, a Pictish Broch and the ruins of Castle Coeffin. 

HighlightThis is a day of far reaching sea views as we gaze out across Loch Linnhe towards the mountains of Glen Coe and the Isle of Mull. Easy gradients and lots of interest make this one of our most popular low-level walks. 

 

Option 2 - Glen Duror

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (460m)

In summary: From the ancient settlement of Duror we walk through Glens Duror and Fhiodh in the heart of the mountains. A route steeped in history.

Highlight: The birthplace of 'James of the Glen' at the head of Glen Duror.

 

Option 3 - Sgorr Dhonuill

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Ascent: 3,850 feet (1,160m)

In Summary: Ascend on forestry tracks up through a steep, stony gully onto the main Beinn a'Bheithir ridge which is followed eastwards to reach the summit of Sgorr Dhonuill (1,001m). 

Highlight: Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill are the twin peaks visible from Alltshellach. At the end of your walk you can relax in the pool at Alltshellach and gaze upward at the peak you have climbed.

 


Option 1 - Historic Glen Coe

Distance: 8 miles (12½km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In SummaryDiscover Glen Coe's turbulant history and connections to the Clan MacDonald. We'll follow woodland paths to the scenic "Hospital Lochan" then descend to the Clachaig Inn in Glen Coe. 

HighlightCelebrate the completion of your walk at the Clachaig Inn, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. Nearby Signal Rock was the gathering point for the MacDonalds of Glen Coe at times of emergency. 

 

Option 2 - Sron Gharbh

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km) 

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m) 

In SummaryFollow the ridge of mountains along the north side of Glen Coe. After a steep ascent to the summit of Sron Garbh we'll follow the long undulating ridge to Stob Mhic Mhartuin, then descend the zig-zags of the Devil’s Staircase to the Kingshouse inn.  

HighlightExperience the immense U-shaped valley of Glen Coe and discover the history of the famous massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692. 

 

Option 3 - Bidean nam Bian

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 4,350 feet (1,320m) 

In SummaryWalk from Glen Coe through Coire nan Lochan to the twin summits of Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean nam Bian - the highest peak in Argyll. We continue to the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach and descend back into Glen Coe along a quiet valley.  

HighlightBidean is the dominant peak on the Glen Coe skyline. It's a magnificent mountain with a real sense of achievement when you reach the summit. 

 


Option 1 - Around Strontian

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In SummaryTake the Corran Ferry across Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Peninsula. We'll follow the river from the village of Strontian towards the long-abandoned Bellsgrove lead mines, then return through the Ariundle Nature Reserve. 

HighlightThe nature reserve is home to squirrels, pine martens and wild cats - though you'll need a lot of luck to see these elusive creatures.

 

Option 2 - Hills above Strontian

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m) 

In SummaryAscend on an ancient ‘coffin route’ to Bealach nan Cairn, then follow the ridge eastwards to Meall Iain. Later we descend through the old workings of the Whitesmith Mine back to the Strontian valley.  

HighlightAn opportunity to walk amidst the tranquil mountains of the Ardgour Peninsula. On a clear day there are great views north over Loch Shiel, and south over Loch Sunart. 

 

Option 3 - Garbh Bheinn

Distance: 6½ miles (10km) 

Ascent: 3,200 feet (980m) 

In SummaryFollow the fine west ridge from Glen Tarbert onto the 'Corbett' summit (a peak over 2,500ft high) of Garbh Bheinn. 

HighlightGarbh Bheinn, meaning 'rough mountain' is an apt name for this rugged peak. Look our for the Great Ridge, first ascended by J H Bell and W Brown in 1897, and now regarded as a classic rock climb. 

 


Option 1 - Gleann Domhanaidh

Distance: 8 miles (12½km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

In SummaryFollow the ‘North Face path’ through forestry to reach a viewpoint with magnificent views across to the North-east face of Ben Nevis. We then continue past the the Glen Nevis Distillery and Inverlochy Castle into Fort William. 

HighlightGaze upwards towards the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, and see the mighty cliffs of the North Face. 

 

Option 2 - Mamores Traverse

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 3,350 feet (1,020m) 

In SummaryCross the Mamores mountains from Glen Nevis to Kinlochleven. Our highest point is the summit of Sgurr an Iubhair, on the famous Ring of Steall. 

HighlightWith 14 Munros, the rugged Mamore ridge contains some of Scotland's finest mountain walking. You can look out along the narrow 'Devil's Ridge' that connects the peaks of Sgurr an Iubhair and Sgurr a’Mhaim. 

 

Option 3 - Stob Ban

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 4,100 feet (1,240m) 

In SummaryA challenging traverse over the mighty Mamores. We'll ascend steeply on the northern spur to the airy summit of Stob Ban then follow the ridge to the neighbouring summit of Sgurr an Iubhair. 

HighlightStob Ban, meaning 'White Peak' takes its name from the quartzite rocks on the summit. The terrain is rough underfoot, but there are also great rewards when you reach the top of this notable peak. 

 


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, a generous indoor pool, 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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

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

There are 38 comfortable bedrooms, all in the main house, with a range of ‘Good’, ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ 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 Best 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Alltshellach is full of Scottish flavours and focusses on locally sourced and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when you might be treated to Cullen Skink Soup and a trio of smoked salmon, mackerel pate and steamed mussels with Highland oat cakes, while mains may include Highland game and ‘Barlotto’, a type of nutty risotto made from barley instead of rice. Finish off with a spoonful of Iron Brew Ice, chocolate and marmalade mouse and Atholl brose, a luxurious blend of honey, whisky and carefully selected herbs for a flavour of the Highlands.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

“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

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
19 Apr - 24 Apr
5 Version 1 £615 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 5

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