5-Night Scottish Highlands Guided Walking

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Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 5 & 6
from £719pp £679pp

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
  • Up to 4 days of 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.

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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 - Nevis Riverside

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. We ascend the ridge of Cow Hill, affording some great views, before descending to Fort William.

HighlightGreat views over Fort William, Loch Eil and to the north. 

 

Option 2 - The Lairigmòr

 Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 2,050 feet (620m) 

In SummaryWalk from the northern shore of Loch Leven to the village of Kinlochleven. We'll take a steep path up the hilllside, then contour behind Mam na Gualainn to join the West Highland Way. 

HighlightFollow 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 bigger peaks later in the holiday. 

 


Option 1 - Historic Glen Coe

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

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 (13.5km) 

Total ascent: 2,800 feet (850m) 

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 Sron a' Choire Odhair bhig, then join the West Highland Way to finish in Kinlochleven.

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 Summary: Walk 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 over the summit of Stob-Coire-Sgreamhach and descend through a peaceful glen back into Glen Coe.

Highlight: This incredible massif dominates Glencoe and contains the famous three sisters. We reaching the top of the three main summits ncluding two Munros.


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


Option 1 - Kentallen Peninsula

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

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 in Kentallen village. 

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 Ridge

Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km) 

Total ascent: 4,300 feet (1300m) 

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, 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

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

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 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. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Guests may need to book a time when they wish to swim (30-minute slots) if the number of guests exceeds the pool capacity. 

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 or view the accessibility information online for 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

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
28 May - 02 Jun 2022
5 Version 1 £719 £679 Save £40 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
02 Jun - 07 Jun 2022
5 Version 1 £719 £679 Save £40 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 5

5 nights from £719pp £679pp

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