7 Night Scottish Highlands Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

View of Glenfinnan in Highlands mountains in Scotland
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided walking for solos
Walking Grade: 2, 5 & 6

Walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy like-minded company and a great selection of walks in the Scottish Highlands. Discover dramatic glens dominated by the jagged ridges and peaks of Britain's highest mountains.

What you’ll love

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands
  • Choose from three different walks each walking day
  • Explore dramatic glens and coastal paths, seeking out the best viewpoints
  • Join a sociable group keen to get some fresh air and exercise in stunning scenery

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee
  • Guided walking with experienced HF Holidays Leaders
  • Choice of up to three different-grade daily walks
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary
  • Easy-to-follow routes, maps, and information in our Discovery Point if you want to explore independently

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Mamore Lodge and Grey Mare's Waterfall

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1450ft (440m) 

The sight of Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall plunging 60m into the valley will stop you in your tracks. Not only that, but there are also far-reaching views over the lochs and peaks of this nature reserve.  

Wildlife enthusiasts should keep an eye open for ospreys, peregrine falcons, and even feral goats along the way. We’ll then join the Old Military Road along the flanks of Sgurr an Fhuarain, stopping at even more fine viewpoints, before heading back to Kinlochleven.

Option 2 - The Lairigmor

Distance: 8 miles (13km)  

Ascent: 2,050ft (620m)  

You’ll walk from the northern shore of Loch Leven to the village of Kinlochleven. The route will take us up a steep hillside, then follow a path behind Mam na Gualainn to join the famed West Highland Way. You’ll complete a section of Scotland’s premier long-distance path, including part of General Wade’s 18th century military road. 

Option 3 - Gleann Righ to Kinlochleven

Distance: 14.5 miles (23.5km) 

Ascent: 2,150 feet (660m) 

From the forest-surrounded town of Inchree we follow the valley of Gleann Righ to Lochan Lunn Da Bhra. We'll then walk along Scotland's first long distance trail - the west highland way - following it until we reach Kinlochleven.


Option 1 - Historic Glen Coe

Distance: 8 miles (13km)  

Ascent: 1,200ft (360m)  

Discover Glen Coe's turbulent history and connections to the Clan MacDonald as we follow woodland paths to the scenic ‘Hospital Lochan’ before reaching Clachaig Inn. This former climber’s hostel is steeped in history - nearby Signal Rock was the gathering point for the MacDonalds of Glen Coe in times of emergency. 

Option 2 - Beinn a Chrulaiste

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent: 2,350 feet (720m)

Another Corbett (a particular type of Scottish mountain), the rounded summit of Beinn a Chrulaiste stands at the entrance to Glen Coe. Hikes here come with great views of the famous Buachaille Etive Mor and the expansive Rannoch Moor. Treat yourself to a well-earned pint or two at the legendary Kings House hotel at the end of the walk.

Option 3 - Lairig Eilde & Lairig Gartain

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 2050 feet (620m)

Our walk takes us into some stunning mountain scenery as we walk around the Buachaille Etive Beag and then join the West Highland Way to Kingshouse.


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: 7.5 miles (11.5km)  

Ascent: 600ft (180m)  

A bracing coastal walk around the Kentallen Peninsula provides a wonderful contrast to the inland mountains. You’ll explore Cuil Bay and Kentallen Bay to finish at the Holly Tree Hotel. You’ll have ample opportunity to spot birds and seals as we take in the sweeping views across Loch Linnhe and the isle of Mull from the Rubha Mor headland. 

Option 2 - Glen Duror

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (460m)

From the ancient settlement of Duror we walk through Glens Duror and Fhiodh in the heart of the mountains. It's a route steeped in Scottish history that passes the birthplace of 'James of the Glens' - the ill-fated leader of Clan Stewart of Appin. 

Option 3 - Glen Duror from Holly Tree Hotel

Distance: 10.5 miles (17 km) 

Ascent: 1600 feet (480m) 

From the ancient settlement of Duror we walk through Glens Duror and Fhiodh in the heart of the mountains. It's a route steeped in Scottish history that passes the birthplace of 'James of the Glens' - the ill-fated leader of Clan Stewart of Appin. 


Option 1 - Gleann Domhanaidh

Distance: 7.5 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 1100ft (340m) 

From the bottom of the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola, we’ll head under the canopy of Leanachan Forest on the northern slope of Ben Nevis, taking trails to reach a viewpoint worth every step. Look up at the cliffs of Ben Nevis and the glen from which the water for Ben Nevis Whisky comes, before descending past the distillery. 

You’ll then head off in search of Inverlochy Castle, stopping along the way to find out more at the sites of the 15th and 17th century battles fought right here. We’ll finish in Fort William where you’re free to roam the shops, cafes, and museum. 

Option 2 - Below the North Face

Distance: 9 miles (14km) 

Ascent: 2,600ft (800m) 

Set your sights on the climbers’ hut that sits below the mighty north face of Ben Nevis as you begin climbing up and up. Then once we reach it, we’ll contour below the Castle Ridge buttress and descend via the Pony Track to Glen Nevis. You’ll have the chance to see the famed towering cliffs of the north face up close – revered for its excellent rock and ice climbing.  

Option 3 - Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 2,750 feet (840m) 

Cross over on the Corran ferry to walk in the mountains of the Ardgour Peninsula. Our route takes us past Maclean's Towel waterfall then around the ridge onto the summit of Sgurr na h-Eanchainne at just over 700 metres high. 


Option 1 - Loch Eilde Mor

Distance: 8.5 miles (14km)  

Ascent: 1,800ft (540m)  

Discover the mountains, valleys, and waterfalls around Kinlochleven at the head of Loch Leven. We'll ascend to the beautiful mountain lake of Loch Eilde Mor then descend via the Old Military Road and the West Highland Way. You’ll be accompanied by panoramas of the Mamore mountains. 

Option 2 - Coire an Lochain

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5 km) 

Ascent: 3000 feet (920m) 

A circular walk from Kinlochleven taking us through natural woodland, across open hillsides, and past Lochs and waterfalls. Highlights include Grey Mares waterfall which was visited by King Edward VII in 1909.

Option 3 - Blackwater Reservoir

Distance: 10.5 miles (17 km) 

Ascent: 1950 feet (600m) 

A circular walk from Kinlochleven towards Blackwater Reservoir through beautiful natural woodland next to the River Leven. After enjoying impressive views over the reservoir, we'll walk round Meall an Doire Dharaich on open hillside and past several waterfalls.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Alltshellach

For a combination of mountain views, olde-worlde charm, and somewhere comfortable to sleep, this stately Scottish house in North Ballachulish has an enviable setting right on the shores of Loch Leven. The walking opportunities here are as every bit rugged and romantic as you’d expect, especially around Glen Coe, the Mamores, Kinlochleven, Bidean nam Bian, and Ben Nevis – the 1,345-metre-high peak towering above glistening lochans and glacial valleys in the north-west Highlands. You can also spend time in Fort William and ride the Hogwarts-esque Jacobite steam train as it makes its way through beauty spots such as Loch Eil, Glenfinnan, and Arisaig to the fishing port of Mallaig.

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Alltschellach has 38 well-appointed guest rooms available in three categories: Classic, Premium, and Superior. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

Superior Rooms are even more spacious en-suite guest rooms offering upgraded views of the surrounds. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

We love: Room 21 for its extra space, corner position, and gorgeous views across Loch Leven. Equally fabulous is Room 23 (known as the Bishop’s Room) on the second floor. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Superior Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
£25 pppn £20 pppn £20 pppn £30 per room

About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

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

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Address

Alltshellach
Onich
Fort William
Invernesshire PH33 6SA

Tel: +44 (0)1855 821357

By shared transfer

If you are travelling to or from Alltshellach on Saturdays from 9 March to 2 November 2024, or on Mondays and Fridays over the festive period, you can join our group coach transfer from Glasgow's Buchanan Street Bus Station or Glasgow Airport.

2024 prices are £70 per person for a return transfer or £48 per person for a single transfer.

Outward journey 2024: Depart Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station at 15:15 or Glasgow Airport at 15:45; arrive at Alltshellach at 18:30.

Return journey 2024: Depart Alltshellach at 08:30; arrive at Glasgow Airport at 11:30 or Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station at 12:00.

Places are limited so booking is essential. We recommend booking at least 14 days in advance by contacting:

HF Holidays Sales and Support Team
Tel: +44 (0)203 974 8865
Email: reservations@hfholidays.co.uk

By train

The nearest station is Fort William. 

Or you can take the train to Glasgow then the Scottish Citylink bus or our group coach transfer to Alltshellach.  

Check National Rail for train times and routes. 

By taxi

The journey from Glasgow city centre is 97 miles, which takes around 2.5 hours.

By bus

Scottish Citylink bus numbers 914 or 915 run from Glasgow Buchanan Street and Glasgow International Airport.  

Ask the driver to stop at the north side of Ballachulish Bridge. From here you’ll need to walk 400m to Alltshellach. 

By car

From Glasgow take the A82 towards Crianlarich then Fort William. Once you reach Ballachulish go straight on at the roundabout over the steel bridge and take the second right on to the B863 towards Kinlochleven. Alltshellach is 400 yards on your right. 

By air

The nearest airport is Glasgow International Airport.

You can take the Citylink bus 915 (2.5 hours) or join our group coach transfer (2.75 hours).

If you fly into Manchester Airport, there are direct and indirect trains to Glasgow. Approximate journey time is four hours plus your transfer to Alltshellach. 

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Alltshellach Calendar

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
  • Unavailable to Book

Guest reviews

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided walking for solos
Walking Grade:
2, 5 & 6

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