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7 Night Scottish Highlands Family Walking Adventure

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Duration: 8 nights
Type: Family walking holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 5

Few places rival the Scottish Highlands for adventure. So when it comes to family holidays, our characterful country house in Glen Coe has plenty to please. With an enviable setting right on the shores of Loch Leven, the grounds of this stately Scottish house make the perfect playground for kids. Elsewhere, you’re spoilt for choice. Discover dramatic glens where historic battles took place, hit the heights with a ride on the UK’s only gondola-style chairlift, or tackle Ben Nevis – Britain’s tallest mountain.

What you’ll love

  • Under 11s GO FREE 
  • Enjoying gentle waterside strolls or bagging Munros 
  • Spending time in charming highland villages 
  • Discovering Scotland’s fascinating history  
  • Swimming in Loch Leven  
  • Staying at our comfortable country house

What’s included

  • Family rooms available subject to availability
  • 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 tailored towards families, plus tea & coffee 
  • Guided walking with experienced HF Holidays Leaders 
  • Choice of up to four guided walks (on walking days) 
  • 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 afternoon tea on arrival including homemade scones with jam and cream.   

What your kids will love: Exploring the grounds of Alltshellach which stretch down to the shores of Loch Leven. Practice skimming stones together, enjoy some time in the fresh air after your journey here, and meet all the other families.  


Option 1 - Ardgour Estate

Distance: 3.5 miles (6km)    

Ascent: 100ft (40m)    

We’ll set sail on the Corran Ferry to the Ardgour peninsula – only a 5-minute journey away. Here we’ll explore the grounds of the Ardgour Estate, home to the Maclean clan for the last 600 years. There’s plenty to see, including a group of lochans (small lochs) formed by glaciers 10,000 years ago.  

What your kids will love: Imagine what life was like under the rule of ‘Strong Donald the Hunter’, the first Maclean of Ardgour, who overcame the MacMasters clan to secure the land. Search for their tartan colours and have a go at drawing your own. 

Option 2 - Inchree Forest and the Ardgour Estate

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)    

Ascent: 500ft (160m)    

Embark on a fabulous walk passing abandoned quarries and into the woodland trails of Inchree Forest, where there’s plenty of wildlife to spot. In the afternoon we’ll hop aboard the Corran Ferry to explore the Ardgour Estate and its lochans.  

What your kids will love: Inchree Forest is a haven for elusive red squirrels. Keep your eyes peeled on the treetops to spot these famous residents climbing, scuttling, and balancing on branches.

Option 3 - Maclean's Towel

Distance: 6 miles (10km)    

Ascent: 2,450ft (760m)    

A ferry ride takes us to the Ardgour Peninsula, where we’ll climb the side of the spectacular Maclean’s Towel waterfall to the summit of Meall Breac.  

What your kids will love: Check the water’s still flowing from the waterfall. It’s said that the Macleans will only rule over Ardgour until the water runs dry.  

Option 4 - Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)    

Ascent: 2,750ft (840m)    

This walk initially follows the same route as option three but continues past Maclean's Towel waterfall onto the summit of Sgurr na h-Eanchainne at just over 700 metres high.  

What your kids will love: Take on the challenge and climb to the top - you’ll have bragging rights all day long.  

 


Option 1 - Inverlochy to Nevis Gondola

Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)    

Ascent: 550ft (160m)    

From the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle we head up towards the towering mountains and through the forests of Glen Domhanaidh. When we arrive at the Nevis Range we’ll ride the gondola for wow-worthy views of nearby mountains and lochs. 

What your kids will love: Spotting Loch Linnhe and Loch Eli below your feet. Fun fact: the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola can carry 1,700 people per hour up and down the slopes of Aonach Mòr, the eighth highest mountain in Britain. 

Option 2 - Gleann Domhanaidh Forest

Distance: 6.5 miles (10km)    

Ascent: 1,400ft (420m)    

A longer version of option one, stamina is required as we ascend to the edge of Gleann Domhanaidh. It’s worth the effort though as the viewpoint allows us to take in the amazing scenery all around. We wind our way back through the forest to the Nevis Range where we’ll have opportunity to ride the gondola. 

What your kids will love: Coming face to face with Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, from the viewpoint. Gaze up at the north face from the viewpoint. 

Option 3 - Aonach Mòr

Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)    

Ascent: 2,000ft (600m)    

The gondola helps us ascend the first 650m today, however our feet will do the rest. This walk takes us to the summit of Aonach Mòr. At an altitude of 4,006ft (1,220m), Aonach Mòr is a significant peak - the eighth highest in Britain.  

What your kids will love: Spying the Grey Corries – these four peaks are named after the colour of the quartzite from which they are made. The peaks are Sgurr Choinnich Mor, Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh, and Stob Ban. Try saying those quickly. 

Option 4 - Aonach Mòr and Aonach Beag

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)    

Ascent: 3,050ft (920m)    

Starting at the top of the gondola, this is a challenging and rough mountain walk, which bags the summits of Aonach Mòr and Aonach Beag - Scotland's seventh and eighth highest peaks.  

What your kids will love: Casting your mind back 410 million years ago when Ben Nevis was still an active volcano. It’s believed the rock you see on the north face is a result of immense volcanic eruptions.  

 


Each week there’s a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the house, play in the garden, or visit local places of interest. Here’s our pick of the very best things to see and do within easy travelling distance of Alltshellach.  

Jacobite Steam Train 

Travelling between Mallaig and Fort William this Hogwart-esque steam train is a must for any Harry Potter fans. Trains run daily and early booking is advised.  

The Nevis Centre 

Based in Fort William, the Nevis Centre offers the perfect way to spend a wet day if you have younger children. With soft play and ten-pin bowling, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.  

3 Wise Monkeys Climbing 

Channel your inner Spiderman and take on the heights at this climbing centre. No matter how small or big you are, you’ll find a section to climb on the roped climbing wall or the bouldering wall.  

Treasures of the Earth 

Explore caverns, caves, and mining scenes and discover the amazing crystals and geodes up to 7ft tall. This is a wonderful experience for kids, with plenty of fossils and bones as well as a treasure trove of gems and jewels


Option 1 - Glen Nevis

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)    

Ascent: 250ft (80m)    

It’s downhill all the way as we walk from Glen Nevis to Fort William. There are waterfalls to enjoy and wildlife to spot on route. 

What your kids will love: Waiting with anticipation to hear the chug-chugging of the steam-powered train (the one from Harry Potter) arriving into Fort William. 

Option 2 - Nevis Gorge

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)    

Ascent: 700ft (220m)    

We’ll snake our way through Nevis Gorge keeping an eye on Ben Nevis high above us. Enjoy the calm of this wooded gorge, where the torrent churns between giant boulders.  

What your kids will love: Crossing the river on a wire-rope bridge – only for those brave enough. 

Option 3 - 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.  

What your kids will love: Looking out for rock climbers on the famed towering cliffs of Ben Nevis’ north face.  

Option 4 - Ben Nevis

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)    

Ascent: 4,500ft (1,380m)    

Today we take on Britain’s highest mountain - Ben Nevis. It’s a challenging, zig-zagging climb to the summit, but it’s a walk to remember.  

What your kids will love: The thrill of being the highest person in Britain, if only for a few moments. 


Option 1 - Hospital Lochan

Distance:4 miles (7km)   

Ascent:600ft (180m)   

We’ll walk around ‘Hospital Lochan’ today, a loch surrounded by enormous redwood trees where we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the views. Then it’s onwards to the Glen Coe visitor centre to discover the history of Glen Coe and the Clan MacDonald. 

What your kids will love: Travelling back in time as you look inside the replica 17th century turf and creel house at the visitor centre. Imagine living at a time of clans and feuds. Fun fact: they used 3,500 handmade wooden pegs to build the house. 

Option 2 - Historic Glen Coe

Distance: 8 miles (13km)    

Ascent: 1,200ft (360m)    

Learn about Glen Coe'sturbulenthistory as we follow woodland paths to the scenic ‘Hospital Lochan’ and onto Signal Rock, the gathering point for theMacDonaldsof Glen Coe in times of emergency.  

What your kids will love: The surrounding woods are home to goldcrests, blue tits, great tits, robins, siskins, woodpeckers, and tawny owls. Bring a notebook and try to draw your findings. 

 

Option 3 - Buachaille Etive Beag

Distance: 6 miles (10km)    

Ascent: 3,050ft (940m)    

You’ll need plenty of energy today as we set off for the ridge of Buachaille Etive Beag. Starting from Glen Coe, we'll follow a good path to the ridge and visit both Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh before returning to the valley below. 

What your kids will love: Climbing over 3,000ft and bagging one of Scotland’s mighty Munros. The sense of achievement is exhilarating. 

 

Option 4 - Buachaille Etive Mor

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)    

Ascent: 3,200ft (980m)    

We’ve a steep climb ahead as we set off from Glen Coe onto Buachaille Etive Mor. We'll then follow the ridge to the summit of Stob Dearg where you’ll have an eagle’s eye view over Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe. 

What your kids will love: Keeping your eyes on the sky in search of golden eagles as they soar high about the mountain tops. Amazingly, they can live for 23 years, and their wingspan stretches an incredible 2.1 metres. 


Option 1 - Beside Loch Linnhe

Distance: 5 miles (8km)    

Ascent: 150ft (40m)    

We’ll walk beside Loch Linnhe, a loch created when glaciers headed seawards many years ago. We’ll follow the route of the old railway back to South Ballachulish before crossing the Ballachulish bridge and arriving back at the house.  

What your kids will love: We’ll arrive back from our walk with plenty of time to spend together as a family. You’ll find books and games to borrow or explore the historic nooks and crannies around the house – the area with the small stained-glass window at the end of the entrance hall was probably the private chapel. 

Option 2 - Gleann a Chaolais Circuits

Distance: 6 miles (10km)    

Ascent: 950ft (300m)   

From the house we’ll head over Ballachulish Bridge, which crosses over Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe. We’ll continue the walk into the forested trails of Gleann a’ Chaolais – a walker’s and wildlife spotter’s delight.  

What your kids will love: Testing your map reading skills – there are Munros to spot as you look south along the forest trail. Can you make out Sgurr Dhonuil or Bidean nam Bian? 

Option 3 - Sgorr Dhearg from St John’s Church

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)    

Ascent: 3,900ft (1,180m)    

This walk gives us another chance to bag a Munro, this time Sgorr Dhearg. Starting at sea level, we’ll climb over 1,000 metres to the summit. From here we’ll return through the lush valley of Gleann a' Chaolais before we dip into the forest and over the Ballachulish Bridge to the house.   

What your kids will love: Time to take a breath and admire the views together – if the weather’s kind you’ll see the mountains above Glencoe, Ben Nevis, and maybe even the Hebridean Islands. 

Option 4 - Sgorr Dhonuill

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)    

Ascent: 3,850ft (1,160m)    

Today we’re heading for the Beinn a'Bheithir ridge and two Munro summits, Sgorr Dhonuill and Sgorr Dhearg. This is a steep walk and tough going, but the sense of achievement is well worth it.  

What your kids will love: Sgorr Dhonuill and Sgorr Dhearg can be seen from the house. From the summit you’ll even be able to make out Alltshellach (hint – it’s just to the east of Ballachulish bridge). 


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

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

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


Holiday prices

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2024

03 Aug - 10 Aug 2024

8 nights

Family Walking

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Important information

Maximum 3 free child places under 11 years per full paying adult price on UK country house stays.

Family rooms are subject to availability. Sole occupancy charges may apply. 

Children under 11 go free

Children 11-17 years on 7-night breaks £109pp

All children's rates are based on sharing a guest room with one or more adults.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult on all walks, though this need not be a parent or guardian

Duration:
8 nights
Type:
Family walking holidays
Walking Grade:
1, 2, 3 & 5

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