Christmas & New Year Walking at Glen Coe

Scotland

Code: LLXFW

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Medium
  • Hard
  • Harder
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Difficulty indicator

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.

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From £389.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol evenings and New Year celebrations
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included?

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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Accommodation

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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.

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

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 for an extra £8 per night.

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 £5 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.

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Facilities

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.

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Food

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.

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Evening

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.

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Accessibility

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

Main entrance

  • 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

Public WCs

  • 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

Leisure Facilities

  • 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

Bedrooms

  • 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

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

 

Itinerary

The walks in the West Highlands can be sublime at this time of year, but they can be also be challenging because of the combination of short daylight hours and sometimes extreme weather. We will not be walking on terrain which demands specialist skills and equipment such as ice axes and crampons. 

Typically, easier walks are up to 6 or 7 miles (9.5-11km) at most with a few hundred feet (up to 100m) of ascent, medium walks are up to 7 or 8 miles (11-13km) with up to about 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent, while harder walks can be up to about 9 or 10 miles (14.5-16km) with up to about 3,000 feet (900m) of ascent.


Christmas - Festive Guided Walking

Friday 23 December 2016


At 4.30pm we’ll offer afternoon tea and welcome you to Alltshellach - an opportunity to meet your leaders and fellow guests.


Saturday 24 December 2016 - Christmas Eve

Today’s walks head for Kinlochleven, one-time centre of an important aluminium-smelting industry, with all the walks finishing here. The easier walk starts just outside Kinlochleven with a gradual ascent to Mamore Lodge, much loved by Edward VII, and joins the old military road for a foray to the foot of the giants of the Mamore hills. The medium starts from Callert on the northern shore of Loch Leven, and takes a steep path up to a low point on the main ridge. We plan to contour around Mam na Gualainn before descending to Kinlochleven. The harder walk will aim to bag one of the lower hills (a Corbett, ie over 2,000ft). 


Sunday 25 December – Christmas Day
Our staff and leaders wish all our guests a very Merry Christmas. We’ll build up an appetite on circular walks to and from Alltshellach. The easier and harder walks head over the Ballachulish bridge to the magnificent mountains seen from the dining room, and Tom Meadhoin just north of us beckons for the medium walk. The easier walk enjoys the super forest tracks below the Beinn a’Bheithir ridge; the medium walk plans to explore the back country close to Alltshellach with another fine viewpoint as a target. Tom Meadhoin is another 2,000ft hill but with commanding views over Loch Linnhe to the fabulous mountains of Ardgour. The harder walk climbs up through forestry tracks and rougher ground to hopefully reach the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dhearg. 

When you return to Alltshellach there will be a gift for each of our guests under the tree. After pre-dinner drinks our Christmas meal will be the highlight of the evening – enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer. This is an opportunity to dress up – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.


Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day
The far side of Fort William gives us great views of Ben Nevis; the easier walk has it in sight at all times as it starts near Fort William by the longest flight of locks in Britain, Neptune's Staircase, and then follows the Caledonian Canal down to the sea at Loch Eil and into Fort William. We may alternatively visit the hills and glens to the south east of Fort William. The medium walk plans to start at the head of Glen Nevis to explore the dramatic narrow gorge which leads up to the meadows at the superb Steall Falls. The harder aims to go right to the heart of the spectacular mountain scenery on the north face of Ben Nevis, offering arguably the finest views of Britain’s highest mountain before walking down into Fort William.


Tuesday 27 December 2016


Historic Glen Coe, scene of the infamous massacre, is the focus for today’s walks. The easier walk takes in the hopefully wonderful views from Hospital Lochan, sitting just above Glencoe village itself. The finish at the Clachaig Inn is an experience in itself, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. The medium walk may attempt a real step back in time as it visits the hideout of the fleeing clansmen and women after the Glencoe Massacre, the Lost Valley, before walking down the Glen to the Clachaig. The harder walk could attempt Sgorr na Ciche (aka the Pap of Glen Coe), a relatively low top sitting right at the north west end of the glen, but with incredible views.


Wednesday 28 December 2016 

Lismore island is a favourite in the summer and tends to remain “green” even when other areas are covered in snow, so we’ll hope to enjoy its delights today on the easier walk. However, strong winds can prevent the ferry from running, in which case we look to the mainland coastline nearby for some super alternatives. The medium walk heads into Glen Stockdale, where the majority of the walk is in a north easterly direction so prevailing winds are at our backs. There are no big hills or corries to contend with, here. The harder walk may tackle Sgorr a’ Choise. Though not a particularly high hill it stands proud of its bigger neighbours and, with the final route to the summit being quite steep, it has an extra zest of achievement. There is a fine ridge descent with splendid views all round.


New Year - Festive Guided Walking

Thursday 29 December 2016

At 4.30pm we’ll offer afternoon tea and welcome you to Alltshellach - an opportunity to meet your leaders and fellow guests.


Friday 30 December 2016

Today’s walks head for Kinlochleven, one-time centre of an important aluminium smelting industry, with all the walks finishing here. The easier walk starts just outside Kinlochleven with a gradual ascent to Mamore Lodge, much loved by Edward VII, and joins the old military road for a foray to the foot of the giants of the Mamore hills. The medium starts from Callert on the northern shore of Loch Leven, and takes a steep path up to a low point on the main ridge. We plan to contour around Mam na Gualainn before descending to Kinlochleven. The harder walk will aim to bag one of the lower hills (a Corbett, ie over 2,000ft). 


Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve

Historic Glen Coe, scene of the infamous massacre, is the focus for today’s walks. The easier walk takes in the hopefully wonderful views from Hospital Lochan, sitting  just above Glencoe village itself. The finish at the Clachaig Inn is an experience in itself, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. The medium walk may attempt a real step back in time as it visits the hideout of the fleeing clansmen and women after the Glencoe Massacre, the Lost Valley, before walking down the Glen to the Clachaig. The harder walk could attempt Sgorr na Ciche (aka the Pap of Glen Coe), a relatively low top sitting right at the north west end of the glen, but with incredible views. 

In the evening join us for pre-dinner drinks, before a fantastic celebration dinner - you are invited to ‘dress to impress’. After dinner enjoy a traditional Scottish Hogmanay to see in 2016! 


Sunday 1 January 2017

We wish all our guests a Happy New Year.  We’ll see in the New Year on circular walks from Alltshellach. The easier and harder walks head over the Ballachulish bridge to the magnificent mountains seen from the dining room, and Tom Meadhoin just north of us beckons for the medium walk. The easier walk enjoys the super forest tracks below the Beinn a’Bheithir ridge; the medium walk plans to explore the back country close to Alltshellach with another fine viewpoint as a target. Tom Meadhoin is another 2,000ft hill but with commanding views over Loch Linnhe to the fabulous mountains of Ardgour. The harder walk climbs up through forestry tracks and rougher ground to hopefully reach the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dhearg. 


Monday 2 January 2017

The far side of Fort William gives us great views of Ben Nevis; the easier walk has it in sight at all times as it starts near Fort William by the longest stair case flight of locks in Britain, Neptune's Staircase, and then follows the Caledonian Canal down to the sea at Loch Eil and into Fort William. We may alternatively visit the hills and glens to the south east of Fort William. The medium walk plans to start at the head of Glen Nevis to explore the dramatic narrow gorge which leads up to the meadows at the superb Steall Falls. The harder aims to go right to the heart of the spectacular mountain scenery on the north face of Ben Nevis, offering arguably the finest views of Britain’s highest mountain before walking down into Fort William. 

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. www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite

 

 

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. 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.

Oban    
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. www.eileandonancastle.com

3 people ice climbing with ice axesIce Factor         
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven. www.ice-factor.co.uk

Travel

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 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).

Pendolino train at speed 

 Travel by plane

By air:

Many guests opt to fly to Glasgow Airport, then join our transfer coach to Glen Coe. See www.easyjet.com, www.ba.com, or www.flybe.com

 easyJet flight

Bus

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.

 Coach heading to Glen Coe

Bus

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 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.

 

City Link coach

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.

 

Reviews

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11 Jan 2016, 11:27 a.m.

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7 Jan 2016, 11:17 a.m.

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All the staff worked very hard and were very helpful and cheerful. The cook was excellent.

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This was the first New Year holiday in 25 years with HF which was not exclusively for walking. This meant that most days there were not enough takers for a medium walk.
6 Jan 2016, 5:05 p.m.

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This is my fourth visit to Glen Coe at New Year - Brilliant!
6 Jan 2016, 11:05 a.m.

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A friendly welcome from the staff and attention to detail, like special diet needs. We also enjoyed a particularly Scottish introduction to 2016. Excellent.

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Very good knowledgeable walk leaders who took into account the varying levels of ability of the guests.
1 Jan 2016, 2:23 p.m.

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Very hard working and well organised leaders. Both had a good sense of fun and had extensive knowledge about the area and its history. They also had fine mountain skills.

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The holiday seemed to fly by because we were having such an enjoyable time in the mountains and back in the house. The staff as usual were efficient and friendly.
9 Jan 2015, 5:53 p.m.

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Always delivers a high quality sociable holiday.

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Managers and staff couldn't do enough for us - really appreciated.
Excellent leaders and a good holiday despite the weather!
We do try to offer the best walking breaks around!

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8 Jan 2015, 7:15 p.m.

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Yes iI have already e mailed *Personal details removed by Feefo* about the level of hot water which was very poor. I think once again we are due compensation for having cold baths and cold hair washing reply awaitred

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With regard to the walks i would like an explanation as to why the walk on the 31st turned out to be a hard walk. In previous years this walk was easy but not now I found it quite dangerous i places and tink the leaders got lost a bit reply awaited
8 Jan 2015, 7:12 p.m.

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HF holidays are fun, provide good exercise, good food and a terrific sense of community with like-minded people.

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Glen Coe provides the perfect surroundings for a walking holiday and Altschellach is a beautiful house with cosy communal areas.
Thank you so much for your kind words! That's exactly why we do what we do.

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2 Feb 2014, 2:31 p.m.

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26 Jan 2014, 4:19 p.m.

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Nothing was to much trouble for *personal info removed by Feefo* (the stand in manager). He and his team did an excellent job. One example he took the trouble to get a hot meal for me on the first night when I arrived late. *personal info removed by Feefo* and his team handled one or two medical issues that arose with guests both professionally and thoughtfully.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
29 Dec 2016 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 5 £739.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 4 £695.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 7 £969.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 3 £389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 7 £899.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 4 £645.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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