New for 2020

Ben Nevis Challenge

Ben Nevis from Corpach, Lochaber, Scotland
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Adventure Walks
Walking Grade: 6
from £399pp £374pp

Try for the highest in the UK! At 4,411 feet high (1,345m) Scotland’s most iconic mountain stands a good 1,200 feet higher than England’s highest. The large numbers of peak baggers and charity walkers it attracts can belie its challenge; you’ll need to be reasonably fit with stamina (we allow up to 9 hours) to have a go at this and will need to have done some hill walking. The “main track” we follow (once a bridle path for ponies to access a now-ruined observatory on the summit) follows broad rocky slopes with increasingly impressive views of the mountains on the other side of Glen Nevis. The weather can be fierce so we will choose the better of the two days available to us. On the other you can relax in our superbly sited Alltshellach, with one of the best hotel pools in the Highlands where you can ease your muscles, or join us on a shorter warm-down or warm -up walk, also guided by one of our experienced walks leaders.

Holiday Highlights

  • A chance to scale the highest mountain in the British Isles
  • Huge sense of achievement
  • Spectacular views in all directions (with luck!)
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus evening activities
  • Great walking: challenge yourself to bagging some of Scotland’s finest Munros, in the company of our experienced leaders
  • Accommodation: our Country House is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area, a drying room for your boots and kit, an indoor swimming pool, and comfortable en-suite rooms

Trip Notes

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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.


We will use today to go for a shorter warm-up walk and get to know each other, depending on the weather. Your Country house sits on the very edge of Loch Leven with inspirational views and spectacular walks nearby.


An early start sees us in beautiful Glen Nevis, under the towering hulk of “the Ben’s” western slopes. Before you know it we’ll be at the “half way Lochan” and then counting down the series of huge zig zags up the flank of the mountain until you reach the magnificent rocky summit plateau. You’ll need to be able to keep a steady pace but we’ll have plenty of stops to rest, eat and stay hydrated. We return the same way.


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 

  • 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 and
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

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

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
29 Jul - 01 Aug Version 1 (runs 2020) £409 £384 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
19 Aug - 22 Aug Version 1 (runs 2020) £409 £384 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
07 Oct - 10 Oct Version 1 (runs 2020) £399 £374 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Adventure Walks
Walking Grade:
6

3 nights from £399pp £374pp

New for 2020

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