Under 18s GO FREE

Scottish Highlands Family Walking Adventure

Malhamdale Family Holiday
Duration: 6 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 5

Children Aged 5 and Under Go FREE Outside our country house the meadows slope down to Loch Leven, offering plenty of space for outdoor games, while the indoor swimming pool is a big hit with all ages. Explore all that wild Scotland has to offer - rugged mountains, beautiful lochs and tranquil glens. Scotland is a great destination for families with older children, where they can enjoy the challenge of exciting mountain walking and outdoor activities. Highlights include exploring Clan MacDonald's lost valley in dramatic Glen Coe, taking the gondola for walks on Aonach Mor, and perhaps climbing Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

Holiday Highlights

  • Choice of up to 4 walks per day
  • Bag a Munro - even climb Ben Nevis
  • Take the ferry and discover the island of Lismore
  • Take the Jacobite steam train to Mallaig or the ferry to Iona or Mull
  • Take a trip on a mountain gondola at the Nevis Range

Trip Notes

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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.

Arrive at Alltshellach

Option 1 - Option 1: Ardgour House

The walk in a nutshell: Take the Corran Ferry across Loch Linnhe for a walk in the grounds of Ardgour House. Starting at Corran we'll pass through the hamlet of Clovullin and see a group of small lochs formed by glaciers 10,000 years ago

Don’t miss: A gentle introductory walk on easy terrain that allows plenty of time to enjoy the pool back at Alltshellach.

Distance: 4 miles (7km) Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)

Option 2 - Option 2: Across the Corran Ferry

The walk in a nutshell: A walk with two distinct sections either side of Loch Linnhe. We start at Onich and follow forest trails towards Inchree with its splendid waterfalls. We then take the Corran ferry across to Ardgour for a pleasant woodland walk in the grounds of Ardgour House.

Don’t miss: See the Scottish mountains from a different perspective as we take the short ferry crossing over the Corran narrows, where Loch Linnhe is forced into a small channel.

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km) Total ascent: 780 feet (240m)

Option 3 - Option 3: Maclean’s Towel

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the Corran ferry to the Ardgour Peninsula, then climb the side of the spectacular Maclean’s Towel waterfall to the summit of Meall Breac.

Don’t miss: An opportunity to walk in the tranquil mountains of Ardgour. Throughout the walk there are great views over the immense Loch Linnhe, with the mountains of Glen Coe beyond.

Distance: 6 miles (10km) Total ascent: 2,450 feet (740m)

Option 4 - Option 4: Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

The walk in a nutshell: Cross 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.

Don’t miss: At just over 700 metres high, Sgurr na h-Eanchainne provides a good warm-up for higher peaks visited later in the holiday.

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) Total ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)

Option 1 - Option 1: Beside Loch Linnhe

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: negligible

In summary: Walk along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe on a cycle track that follows the route of the old railway from Ballachulish.

Highlight: Look out for the monuments to James Stewart and the Appin murder that feature in ‘Kidnapped’, written by Robert Louis Stevenson.


Option 2 - Option 2: Above Ballachulish

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: Cross the sea again on the bridge near Alltshellach and walk into Gleann a’ Chaolais. We follow a track through the forest to the village of Ballachulish.

Highlight: Great views over Loch Leven back to Alltshellach.


Option 3 - Option 3: Glen Duror

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the ancient settlement of Duror we walk through Glens Duror and Fhiodh in the heart of the mountains. A route steeped in history.

Don’t miss: The birthplace of 'James of the Glen' at the head of Glen Duror.

Option 4 - Option 4: Beinn a'Bheithir

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 3,400 feet (1,030m)

In summary: Climb the Munro of Sgorr Dhearg, one of the twin peaks clearly visible across the loch from Alltshellach. 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.

Highlight: Choose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with an inspiring mountain panorama.

Option 1 - Option 1: Glen Nevis

The walk in a nutshell: Following the course of the river downstream through beautiful Glen Nevis, we drop into the Visitor Centre, then walk along the last section of the West Highland Way into Fort William.  

Don’t miss: A gentle valley walk beneath Britain's highest mountain, with time to paddle in the river and explore Fort William.

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

Option 2 - Option 2: Nevis Gorge and Steall Falls

 The walk in a nutshell: Walk through the Nevis Gorge below the towering Ben Nevis. Our route meanders through the wooded gorge where the torrent churns between giant boulders, to emerge into the wide vistas of the Steall Meadow.

Don’t miss: The magnificent An Steall waterfall is the third highest cascade in Britain.

Distance: 7 miles (11½km) Total ascent: 1450 (440m)

Option 3 - Option 3: Below the North Face

The walk in a nutshell: Stand below the awesome cliffs on the north face of Ben Nevis by walking to the climbing hut high up in Coire Leis. We walk back down to Fort William via the ruins of Inverlochy Castle.

Don’t miss: An opportunity to see the towering cliffs of the 'Ben's' North Face up close. These mighty cliffs provide some of Britain's best rock and ice climbing.

Distance: 9 miles (14km)  Total ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)

Option 4 - Option 4: Ben Nevis

The walk in a nutshell: Our objective today is the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Starting from Glen Nevis we follow the Pony Track which zig-zags up to the summit plateau. We return by the same route.

Don’t miss: This is a big walk with lots of ascent, however there's great satisfaction in reaching the top and momentarily becoming the highest person in Britain.

Distance: 10 miles (16½km) Total ascent: 4,500 feet (1,380m)

Option 1 - Option 1: Hospital Locha

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Glencoe village along one of the area's most pleasant and scenic paths. We make a complete circuit of Hospital Lochan before heading up the valley to the Glen Coe Visitor Centre.

Don’t miss: Discover the violent history of Glen Coe and the Clan MacDonald at the valley's visitor's centre.

Distance: 4½ miles (7km) Total ascent: 550 feet (180m)

Option 2 - Option 2: Glen Coe

The walk in a nutshell: From Glencoe village we start the day with a forest walk to the Hospital Lochan. We then walk into the heart of Glen Coe, visiting the craggy Signal Rock to finish our day at the famous Clachaig Inn.

Don’t miss: Walk amidst the towering mountains of Glen Coe on this walk through one of Scotland's most dramatic landscapes.

Distance: 6 miles (9½ km) Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340km)

Option 3 - Option 3: Pap of Glen Coe

The walk in a nutshell: Standing above Glencoe village, the Pap of Glencoe (Sgorr na Ciche), is a must-climb very shapely mountain. It's a steep up and down to bag this iconic peak.

Don’t miss: On a clear day your efforts will be rewarded with a great view over Loch Leven.

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) Total ascent: 2,400 feet (740m)

Option 4 - Option 4: Stob Dearg

The walk in a nutshell: Climb to the top of one of Scotlands's most iconic mountains - Buachaille Etive Mor. We have a steep ascent to the summit of Stob Dearg (1,022m), then an equally steep descent to the valley.

Don’t miss: Buachaille Etive Mor, its name meaning ‘The Big Herdsman of Etive’, is the towering peak that guards the eastern entrance to Glen Coe.

Distance: 7 miles (11km)  Total ascent: 3,150 feet (960m).

Option 1 - Option 1: Inverlochy to the Gondola

The walk in a nutshell: From the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle we head up towards the towering mountains and through the forests of Glen Domhanaidh to arrive at the Aonach Mor Ski Centre.

Don’t miss: The views towards the amazing North Face of Ben Nevis.

Distance: 4½ miles (7km) Total ascent: 560 feet (180m)

Option 2 - Option 2: Glen Domhanaidh Forest

The walk in a nutshell: A forest walk, starting from Old Inverlochy Castle , that ascends through the forests of Glen Domhanaidh,giving us an exhilarating view over Loch Linnhe. Our walk ends at the Aonach Mor ski centre and Gondola.

Don’t miss: Climb the final hill and gaze down over Fort William and Loch Linnhe.

Distance: 6½ miles (10km) Total ascent: 1,360 feet (420m)

Option 3 - Option 3: Aonach Mor

The walk in a nutshell: Using the Gondola to take the initial strain this walk ascends from the top station at over 2,000 feet to the summit of Aonach Mor.

Don’t miss: At an altitude of 4,006 feet, Aonach Mor is a significant peak; the 8th highest in Britain. Fortunately the gondola takes up half way up this lofty summit.

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)  Total ascent: 2,000 feet (620m)

Option 4 - Option 4: Aonach Mor & Aonach Beag

The walk in a nutshell: Starting at the top of the Gondola this is a challenging, rough mountain walk which bags the summits of Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag, before descending into Glen Nevis and passing the spectacular Steall Falls.

Don’t miss: A very big walk, tackling Scotland's 7th and 8th highest peaks. Enjoy dramatic views of Ben Nevis and its towering cliff.

Distance: 11 miles (18km) Total ascent: 4,900 feet (1,490m)

Depart after breakfast


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


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


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 £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply


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.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

  • a rucksack,
  • a waterproof jacket
  • waterproof over trousers,
  • a spare jumper or fleece,
  • sun protection cream,
  • a water bottle (at least 1 litre),
  • some spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • a small torch
  • first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).

    (in spring, autumn and winter)

  • a hat and gloves (Britainis famous for its changeable weather after all!)
  • You might find walking poles useful, particularly for descents (the kids usually find their own big stick en route!).
  • thermos flask for a hot drink
  • sun hat
  • towel for paddling on hot days

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