Family Walking Adventure at Glen Coe
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
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 is extremely popular with all outdoor enthusiasts.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available at no extra charge.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £10 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
There are three lounges, one of which was once a chapel when the house was lived in by the Bishop of Argyll. The multi-purpose ballroom can either be used for dancing, as a painting studio, or as a games room with table tennis. Our Highland bar is always well-stocked with whisky and local beer and there is always a social buzz after a hard day on the hills. Free Wifi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.
The heated indoor swimming pool is also very popular with our guests.
Alltshellach is surrounded by extensive gardens that slope down to the shores of Loch Leven.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full Scottish breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk from a representative of the National Trust for Scotland or the John Muir Trust. You could relax in our lounges, have a whisky from the well-stocked bar, or you may even be entertained by a Scottish piper.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Arrival & car parking facilities
- There is ample free car parking available at the house
- The surface of the car park is level, gravel in the car park with tarmac in front of the entrance
- It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
- Assistance can be provided with luggage
- There are two steps at the main entrance (10cm and 6cm high)
- The front door can open double to 145cm wide
- There is a permanent wheelchair ramp into the new west wing. The width of the ramp is 135cm and it leads to a 90cm wide door. Having gained access via the ramp, all facilities are available without encountering any steps
- The floor surface is short pile carpet
- There is no lift
Public areas – hall, stairs, corridors etc
- All public areas are carpeted
- The minimum corridor width is 150cm. The main staircase is carpeted and 6ft wide
- There are eight bedrooms on the ground floor (four doubles, three twins and one twin specially adapted for wheelchair users)
Public Rooms – lounges / conservatory
- Various public rooms, all on the ground floor
- West wing lounge, which measures approximately 5m x 14m, has a variety of sofas, chairs and coffee tables. Wide doors (173cm) leading to the pool and patio. Door leading to the chapel / main lounge is 130cm wide
- The small lounge has sofas and armchairs
- Ballroom has two access doors (100cm and 148cm wide). Doors to the patio are 110cm wide
- The unisex toilet on the ground floor is next to the bar. Access is via two steps (14cm high), door width 36 inches
- Wash basin height 85cm
- There are two additional toilets (one male, one female) in the swimming pool changing rooms
Dining room & bar
- Dining room is on the ground floor with a combination of round and square tables, all 71cm high, each seating eight to ten diners
- Seats are without arms, 46cm high, with 56cm high backs
- Waitress service at all meals
- Bar area consists of two high tables and ten bar stools, two access doors, 130cm and 110cm wide
- During dinner, bar drinks and wines available to order in the dining room
- Indoor swimming pool located in the west wing, access from the west wing corridor
- Flooring is a mixture of tiled and compressed rubber
- Within the pool area, there are two alarms, first aid post, a rescue hook and a life buoy
- The size of the pool is 6 x 12m
- All the bedrooms are en-suite
- The bedrooms are a mixture of singles, twins and doubles
- All rooms are en-suite
Room 26: (designed for wheelchair users)
- On the ground floor of the west wing approx 15 m from permanent wheelchair ramp
- Two single divan beds, both 60cm high
- Available floor space beside the beds approx 3m x 4m
- Door width 95cm
- All furniture movable
- Alarm call button by bed, sounds alarm and flashing light in the corridor and outside the manager’s office
- Touch lamp bedside
- Door width 92cm. Level entry
- Bathroom area 195cm x 270cm (not incl shower area)
- Level entry shower designed for wheelchair users, 115cm sq with support rail and lowered manual shower controls. Shower chair available
- Toilet seat height 46cm, support rails on both sides
- Support rails for wash basin. Taps are lever / turn
- Pullcord alarm in the bathroom sounds an alarm and flashing light in the corridor outside the bedroom and manager’s office
Grounds and gardens
- Six steep steps leading from patio to lawn and six shallow wide steps leading from another patio to the croquet lawn
- 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
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.
Sunday: Over Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Peninsula
Family Walk: We start our holiday with a return journey on the Corran Ferry across the sea loch of Loch Linnhe. Starting at Corran we pass through the hamlet of Clovullin and the grounds of Ardgour House, where there is an opportunity to see a group of small lochs formed by glaciers 10,000 years ago. 3 miles (5km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: From Onich we walk to the spectacular Inchree waterfalls before crossing Loch Linnhe by ferry to walk in the grounds of Ardgour House. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We cross on the ferry and climb beside the waterfall of “Maclean’s Towel” on to the ridge of Meall Breac. Traverse around the top of Coire Dubh (the black bowl), for amazing views across the sea to the Glencoe Mountains. 6 miles (9.5km) with 2,300 feet (690m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Follow the same route as the Medium Walk before ascending the airy summit of Sgurr ha h-Eanchainne for magnificent views north over Loch Linnhe to Ben Nevis and south to Mull. 8 miles (13km) with 2,600 feet (780m) of ascent.
Monday: Ballachulish – tracks and hills close to Alltshellach
Family Walk: Walk along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe on a cycle track that follows the route of the old railway from Ballachulish. We can visit the monuments to James Stewart and the Appin murder that feature in ‘Kidnapped’, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. 4 miles (6.5 km) with no ascent.
Easier Walk: 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. 6 miles (9.5 km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Across the bridge and up through the forest in Gleann a’ Chaolais, we reach the open summit of Sgorr Dhonuill (seen from the dining room of Alltshellach) for excellent views over Loch Linnhe to the western mountains of Ardgour and Mull. 9 miles (14.5 km) with 3,300 feet (990m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Tackle the high level ridge of Beinn a’ Bheithir, (seen from the dining room of Alltshellach), on an exposed hill path. Bag the summits of Sgorr Bhan, the white peak, Sgorr Dearg, the red peak, and Sgorr Dhonuill, Donald’s peak, the latter two over 3,000 feet. Superb views along the whole ridge. 8 miles (13km) with 4,400 feet (1,320m) of ascent.
Tuesday: Ben Nevis and nearby
Family Walk: Following the course of the river downstream through beautiful Glen Nevis, beneath the highest mountain in Britain, we drop into the Visitor Centre, then walk along the last section of the ‘West Highland Way’ into Fort William. 5 miles (8km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: Starting in Glen Nevis we follow the river downstream before ascending the ridge of Cow Hill for great views over Fort William, Loch Eil and hopefully way to the north of Scotland. 7 miles (11km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: 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. 10 miles (16km) with 2,300 feet (690m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Reaching the top of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, is a challenge and a must for many visitors to Scotland. On a clear day the views are a true ‘roof of the world’ experience. 10 miles (16km) with 4,400 feet (1,320m) of ascent.
Thursday: Glen Coe
Family Walk: Starting in Glen Coe village we visit the ‘Massacre Monument’ and walk through the forested grounds of Glen Coe house around some pretty lochans. Returning to the village we visit the museum before walking to Ballachulish. Here there’s an option of a scenic cruise on Loch Leven. 5 miles (8km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: Starting in the heart of Glen Coe we explore the ‘Hidden Valley’, Coire Gabhail, where the McDonalds are said to have concealed their cattle from their enemies. This impressive valley cuts into the heart of the mountains. Although the walk is only short, the underfoot conditions on the path are difficult in places. 2 miles (3km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Standing above Glencoe village, the Pap of Glencoe (Sgorr na Ciche), is a must-climb very shapely mountain, which you can see from Alltshellach. We ascend the Pap for excellent views over Loch Leven and the Glencoe Mountains. 2 miles (3km) on hill paths with 2,400 feet (720m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: The rewards of one of Scotland’s best summit views awaits the the harder walk too, which approaches from west through the Lairig Gartain before ascending a rocky path up the Coire Altruim and following the undulating ridge to the summit of Stob Dearg. We also take the steep path down through Coire na Tulaich to the road a short distance from the top of Glen Coe. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,900 feet (870 m) of ascent.
Friday: By cable car to Aonach Mor or along the Caledonian Canal
Family Walk: Using the Gondola at the Aonach Mor Ski Centre, north of Fort William, we fly up the hillside to well over 2,000 feet. We climb a little and walk to an outlook with awesome views of Ben Nevis. There are catering facilities and after our descent there are mountain biking and zip wires for the more adventurous (additional cost). 1.5 miles (2 km) with little ascent.
Easier Walk: Starting near Fort William at the longest staircase flight of locks in Britain called Neptune’s Staircase (there may be an opportunity to see them in action), we follow the Caledonian Canal down to the sea at Loch Eil. Then walk along the shore into Fort William, visiting the ruin of Inverlochy Castle en route. 4 miles (6.5km) with no ascent.
Medium Walk: Using the Gondola to take the initial strain this walk ascends from the top station at 2,000 feet to the summit of Aonach Mor, at 4,000 feet, a superb viewpoint. 4 miles (6.5km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting at the top of the Gondola this is a challenging, rough mountain walk which bags the summits of Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag, with outstanding views of Ben Nevis, before descending into Glen Nevis emerging through the spectacular Nevis Gorge. 10 miles (16km) with 4,100 feet (1,230m) of ascent.
- Child friendly: the part-day walks leave the afternoons to check out local family attractions, before dinner at 6.30pm to keep the little ones happy
- Expert leaders: our friendly walks leaders will ensure that families get the most out of the walks
- Activity leaders: our activity leaders organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner, and for the whole family after dinner
- 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.
See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.
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.
Medium 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: In the late afternoons and evenings our activity leader will organise a range of activities. These could include a game of rounders on the lawn, a treasure hunt, or crafts.
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.
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:
Jacobite 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. www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite
Isle 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. www.calmac.co.uk/mull
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
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. www.eileandonancastle.com
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven. www.ice-factor.co.uk
Travel to Glen Coe
Our address is: Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA
The nearest station is Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
Glasgow to Glen Coe transfer
We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The transfer is £25 return and £15 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.
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.
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 www.citylink.co.uk 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.
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.
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 to fly to Manchester Airport, which has a better range of long-haul flights. There are trains from the airport to Glasgow (some direct, other need 1 change). Allow 4 hours to get to Glasgow, then join our coach transfer to Alltshellach. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
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Prices are per person
- All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person