7-night Scottish Highlands Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Cape Wrath #1, Scotland
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £915pp £815pp

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. This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Scottish Highlands. Easy walks of 3-4 miles with up to 400 feet of ascent are available, although if you’d like to do something a bit more demanding walks up some of the lower hills are also included in the programme. Our medium option walks are 6 to 8 miles with up to 1000 feet of ascent whilst harder options are 8 to 10 miles with up to 2,600 feet of ascent.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands
  • Explore the atmospheric glens and coastal paths seeking out the best viewpoints.
  • Hear about the turbulent history of the highlands
  • 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
  • 5 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Take the Corran Ferry across Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Peninsula. Today's easiest option offers a pleasant woodland walk in the grounds of Ardgour House passing a a group of small lochs formed by glaciers 10,000 years ago whilst the medium follows the river from the village of Strontian towards the long-abandoned Bellsgrove lead mines, then returns through the Ariundle Nature Reserve. The hardest option heads to the hills above Strontian ascending on an ancient ‘coffin route’ to Bealach nan Cairn, then following the ridge eastwards to Meall Iain. The descent is through the old workings of the Whitesmith Mine back to the Strontian valley. 


Today's easier option begins with a visit to Dunstaffnage Castle, dating from 1220 and inextricably linked with the struggles to control the western approaches. A coastal walk across Ganavan Hill, with views out to Lismore, Mull and Kerrera, finishes in Oban – the acclaimed ‘Gateway to the Isles’. The medium option involves a short ferry ride to the Hebridean island of Kerrera - a true walkers paradise as cars are banned (except for the local population of 45!). The hardest walk also heads to the 'isles' with a walk on the ever popular Lismore visiting the picturesque old fishing village of Port Ramsay, a Pictish Broch and the ruins of Castle Coeffin.


Take the ferry to Lismore for the easier walk, and have a gentle exploration of this tranquil island. Far reaching sea views and a visit the picturesque old fishing village of Port Ramsay. A coastal walk around the Kentallen Peninsula is today's medium option, a wonderful contrast to the inland mountains. The route takes in Cuil Bay and Kentallen Bay before finishing in Kentallen village. The harder option is a route steeped in history. From the ancient settlement of Duror a walk through Glens Duror and Fhiodh reaches the heart of the mountains.



Discover Glen Coe's turbulant history and connections to the Clan MacDonald on today's easier walk. We'll follow woodland paths to the scenic "Hospital Lochan" then descend to the Clachaig Inn in Glen Coe. The medium option follows the West Highland Way over the Devil's Staircase - a former military route built in the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite rising-  from Glen Coe to Kinlochleven. The harder option also follows a section of the West Highland Way, crossing Rannoch Moor, a vast expanse of moorland dotted with lochans and surrounded by mountains to finish at the Kings House, said to be one of Scotland's oldest licensed inns.


The easier option follows part the route of the national trail - the Great Glen Way - along the shore of Loch Lochy. The route crosses the Achnacarry Estate, the family seat of the Cameron Clan. The medium walk follows the ‘North Face path’ through forestry to reach a viewpoint with magnificent views across to the North-east face of Ben Nevis before continuing past the Glen Nevis Distillery and Inverlochy Castle into Fort William. The harder option ascends to the climbers’ hut below the mighty north face of Ben Nevis then contours below the massive Castle Ridge buttress to descend via the Pony Track to Glen Nevis.


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.

At the house

  • 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

Your evenings

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.

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

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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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 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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Getting to Alltshellach

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
09 May - 16 May
7 2020 Itinerary-version 1 £915 £815 Save £100 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
05 Sep - 12 Sep
7 2020 Itinerary-version 1 £915 £815 Save £100 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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