Scottish Highlands Family Walking Adventure

An inspirational location for the whole family offering a real highland adventure


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £928.00 - 7 nights


Prices are per person

Holiday overview

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.

Adventure 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

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Glen Coe awards

Alltshellach is a fine highland residence, situated on the dramatic shores of Loch Leven. With magnificent mountain views, excellent accommodation and a superb indoor pool, it's extremely popular with all outdoor enthusiasts.

Alltshellach has 37 bedrooms, all located in the main building. Many of the rooms enjoy excellent views of the loch and the surrounding mountains. 


'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

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


An example of Glen Coe evening mealAll 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

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.


More details on Glen Coe accessibility

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


Two teenage boys about to go walkingFamily-friendly walks

Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 4 guided walks each day  – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short lakeside strolls that are ideal for little legs, to challenging mountain ascents that will appeal to active teenagers.


  • Expert leaders: our friendly walks leaders will ensure that families get the most out of the walks
  • Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family Adventures − the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
  • Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions - see the Local Area tab.

Family adventures lineSunday: Over Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Peninsula

Option 1: Ardgour House

Corran lighthouse beside Loch Linnhe

Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)

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.

Option 2: Across the Corran Ferry

The Corran ferry

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 780 feet (240m)

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.

Option 3: Maclean’s Towel

Near the Corran ferry

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 2,450 feet (740m)

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.

Option 4: Sgurr na h-Eanchainne


Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)

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.

Monday: Mountains & Tracks around Ballachulish

Option 1: Beside Loch Linnhe

Seal perched on a rock

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: negligible

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe on a cycle track that follows the route of the old railway from Ballachulish.

Don’t miss: Look out for the monuments to James Stewart and the Appin murder that feature in ‘Kidnapped’, written by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Option 2: Above Ballachulish

Loch Leven and Sgorr Dhonuill

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Great views over Loch Leven back to Alltshellach.

Option 3: Glen Duror

Loch Leven

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: Beinn a'Bheithir

View from the top of Sgorr Dhearg

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 3,400 feet (1,030m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Choose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with an inspiring mountain panorama.

Tuesday: Ben Nevis and nearby

Option 1: Glen Nevis

Two girls going walking

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

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.

Option 2: Nevis Gorge and Steall Falls

View to Ben Nevis

 Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1450 (440m)

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

Option 3: Below the North Face

View from the slopes of Ben Nevis

Distance: 9 miles (14km) 

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (800m)

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.

Option 4: Ben Nevis

Walkers on the summit of Ben Nevis

Distance: 10 miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 4,500 feet (1,380m)

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.

 Thursday: Glen Coe

Option 1: Hospital Lochan

Hospital lochan

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (180m)

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,

Option 2: Glen Coe

Glen Coe

Distance: 6 miles (9½ km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340km)

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.

Option 3: Pap of Glen Coe

View over Loch Leven to the Pap of Glen Coe

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 2,400 feet (740m)

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.

Option 4: Stob Dearg

View from Buachaille Etive Beag

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)

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.

Friday: Aonach Mor Gondola

Option 1: Inverlochy to the Gondola

Gondola at Nevis ski centre

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 560 feet (180m)

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

Option 2: Glen Domhanaidh Forest

Top of Aonach Mor gondola

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,360 feet (420m)

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.

Option 3: Aonach Mor

Summit Aonach Mor

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (620m)

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.

Option 4: Aonach Mor & Aonach Beag

Aonach Beag summit

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 4,900 feet (1,490m)

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 cliffs

Holiday Information

Terrain and transport: We use paths or tracks where possible, occasionally good ones but more often they are rough, perhaps boggy and often have short, steep sections. Easier Walks are generally through glens, forest and moorland.

Two girls eating an ice cream sundaeMedium Walks are generally on good paths though often steep and rocky; Harder Walks cover very rocky and intermittent paths. On both Harder and Medium Walks we sometimes take you along exposed sections which may feel airy, or where you might need hands to steady yourself, and you can expect steep ascents and descents.

On some days the walks start or finish at our Country House, Alltshellach; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.

Activities at Alltshellach: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.

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Local area

Discover the Highlands

Alltshellach is situated beside the shores of Loch Leven. This is a spectacular location with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

About 2 miles away, across the loch is the village of Ballachulish. Here you’ll find a post office, food store and bank. A much wider range of facilities can be found in Fort William, about 14 miles to the north.

As the adventure capital of Britain, the Lochaber region is a popular destination for all outdoor enthusiasts. During your stay in Glen Coe you may enjoy visiting the following activities and places of interest:


Steam train crossing the Glenfinnan viaductJacobite Steam Train   
Ride the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. This stunningly scenic line includes the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films. Steam trains run every day and early booking is reccomended.



Calmac ferry passing lighthouse at entranceto Oban harbourIsle of Mull
Reached by car ferry from Oban, or Lochaline, Mull is one of the most popular Scottish islands. You could visit the colourful harbour at Tobermory or the abbey on Iona.


Isle of Lismore                
The peaceful island of Lismore is ideal for a relaxed exploration. You can hire bikes at Port Appin, about 30 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, then take the short ferry crossing to the island.

The bustling harbour town of Oban, about 45 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, is a popular destination. There's always plenty of activity around the harbour and its well worth the walk up to McCaig's Tower, a remarkable folly built in the style of a Roman ampitheatre, with commanding views over the town.

Eilean Donan castle and its surrounding lochEilean Donan Castle
Nearly 80 miles drive north from Alltshellach is this romantic and much photographed Scottish lochside castle.  Located on a small island just offshore, the castle is isolated by the sea at high tide, only accessible via a stone bridge.

3 people ice climbing with ice axesIce Factor         
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven.


Travel to Glen Coe

Our address is: Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest station is in Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach. For train times and route planning by train visit or phone 03457 48 49 50.

 Travel by plane

By air:

Many guests opt to fly to Glasgow Airport, then join our transfer coach to Glen Coe.


Glasgow to Glen Coe transfer

We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The transfer is £32 return and £21 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 020 8732 1220.

On arrival days our coach leaves Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station at 4.15pm, or Glasgow airport at 4.45pm. We will arrive at Alltshellach at 7pm which is in time for dinner on your first evening.

On departure day the transfer will get you back to Glasgow Airport by 11.30am and to Buchanan Street bus station by 12.00 noon.

** Buchanan Street bus station is about 15 mins walk from Glasgow central station (frequent buses are available) or 5 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street station.


By bus:

If you are not travelling on a Saturday, the journey from either Glasgow Buchanan Street or the airport can be made using the Scottish Citylink bus, numbers 914 or 915. See for the timetable. Ask the driver to stop at the north side of Ballachulish Bridge - from here it is a 400 metre walk to Alltshellach.


Driving to us

By car:

From Glasgow take the A82 towards Crianlarich. Continue on the A82 towards Fort William. Head for Ballachulish keeping the village on your left. Go straight on at the roundabout over the steel bridge and take the second right B863 to Kinlochleven and the seafood restaurant. Alltshellach is 400 yards further on, on your right.

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Ideally book a flight to Glasgow Airport. From here you can join our coach transfer to Alltshellach (see above).

The next best option is to fly to Manchester Airport, which has a better range of long-haul flights. There are trains from the airport to Glasgow (some direct, others need 1 change). Allow 4 hours to get to Glasgow, then join our coach transfer to Alltshellach. See for train times.

There are also flights to Edinburgh with a train transfer to Glasgow.


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27 Jul 2019 LLFAM - Scottish Highlands Family Walking Adventure - Glen Coe 7 £929.00 £928.00 Under 6 Go Free 6-17 From £49 Call Reservations To Book 020 8732 1250 Book Now

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