UK 2022: Save up to £70 pp

7-night Scottish Highlands Through a Lens

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Photography Holidays
from £1,229pp £1,159pp

Glen Coe is one of the most beautiful places on Earth with a photo opportunity around every corner. You’ll explore around Loch Leven, finding spots to make the most of both the natural and built environment. With stunning mountains, glens and lochs, nature is at the heart of this holiday although there are a few castles to provide a different focal point too. Rivers and waterfalls allow you to experiment with different shutter speeds to produce either sharp or blurred effects. Winter may bring a dusting of snow on the mountain tops to add a different slant to the natural beauty. Throughout the holiday there’ll be lots of opportunities to explore creative photography techniques from black and white to ‘picture postcard’ colour images, abstract and ‘seeing’ the potential for a great image wherever you are, whether the subject is the landscape, wildlife or something else altogether. We’ll finish each day with image processing before dinner and a review of the days images afterwards.stunning mountains, glens and lochs, nature is at the heart of this holiday although there are a few castles to provide a different focal point too. Rivers and waterfalls allow you to experiment with different shutter speeds to produce either sharp or blurred effects. In October you might be lucky enough to see – and hear – the red deer rutting and perhaps try to capture the action with a long lens.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light compositions
  • Be guided and encouraged by your professional HF Holidays Leader
  • Visit the most inspirational vistas that surround the country house

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All essential transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other modes of transport (e.g. boat)
  • All admissions costs, if applicable, on your holiday

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Our first day out starts with a ferry crossing to the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Spectacular views back across to the mainland, the loch and shoreline and a long view of Fort William and Ben Nevis (cloud- permitting!) offer a mosaic of hills, water and sky that you can photograph to capture the landscape in its entire glory or concentrate on narrower aspects.  We’ll finish our photography for the day at the Glenfinnan Monument and the view over the remarkable viaduct.


The short walk around Glencoe Lochan will be followed by Signal Rock and a photogenic walk through the woodland of An Torr to reach it. We’ll then concentrate on the River Coe and Loch Achtriochtan before exploring the photographic opportunities offered by the iconic view of the Lagangarbh mountain hut.


Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. For more ideas about what you can see and do in the Scottish Highlands, see the 'What's On' tab on our country house page.


Fort William, Neptune’s Staircase and Corpach all bring opportunities to photograph the built environment, as well as the views over lochs and hills. Late, the tumbling water at Glen Nevis just invite creative long exposure techniques.


We’ve got more of the built environment today...although it’s Castle Stalker and Kilchurn Castle so you’ll probably have a fair bit of the natural environment in your images too! Our route back to Alltshellach takes us along Glen Orchy with those perennial favourites – rocks, flowing water, waterfalls, trees and hills – all crying out to be incorporated into dramatic images. How will you approach that though?


Our final day out takes us to a landscape described as ‘wilder than wild’, Rannoch Moor. Moorland, hills, shallow lochs with semi-submerged rocks that will have you thinking about composition, stunted windswept trees and so much detail in the closer landscape that you’ll have to drag your eye away from those wider views. Heading back along Glencoe we’ll stop near the mountain centre for the iconic view of Blackrock Cottage with Buchaille Etive Mor in the background and finish at the Meeting of the Three Waters and the Three Sisters viewpoint.


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. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

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.

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).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

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 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. 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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Getting to Alltshellach

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Essential Information

  • Camera and a selection of lenses if you have them (e.g. wide-angle, telephoto, macro, etc.)
  • Spare battery and charger
  • Your camera's instruction manual
  • Laptop for reviewing, editing and sharing photos (not essential but good to have!)

Other optional camera kit may include tripods, Neutral Density filters, waterproof coverings for your camera, a spare memory card or a laptop for reviewing and editing images. Please feel free to bring any other items you use which are additional to this list. 

You will be outdoors for the majority of this holiday, walking up to three miles each day (with some ascent and descent) carrying your kit. Please be sure to bring suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy boots and waterproofs to contend with our changeable British weather!

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
2021
23 Oct - 30 Oct 2021
7 Photography £1,039 £969 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2022
07 May - 14 May 2022
7 Photography £1,329 £1,259 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
15 Oct - 22 Oct 2022
7 Photography £1,229 £1,159 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Photography Holidays

7 nights from £1,229pp £1,159pp

UK 2022: Save up to £70 pp

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