Scottish Highlands Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in the Highlands

Code: LLXFW

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Activity types:

  • Christmas & New Year
  • High Mountains

Level

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
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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 £415.00 - 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

Price Includes

  • 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

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 superp 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. 

Rooms

'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 new “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

Dining

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.

Accessibility

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

Itinerary

Festive Walking at Glen Coe

Our House Manager and leaders are busy putting together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday. 

The walks in the West Highlands can be sublime at this time of year, however 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 8 miles (13km) with up to 1600 feet (470m) of ascent, medium walks are up to 8 miles (13km) with up to about 2,850 feet (870m) of ascent, while harder walks can be up to about 10 miles (16km) with up to 3,900 feet (1180m) of ascent.

Glen Nevis - Sunday 23 December

Steall Falls waterfallsGlen Nevis provides the starting point for the easier walk; we follow the river downstream before ascending the ridge of Cow Hill for great views over Fort William, Loch Eil and hopefully further north. The medium walk starts at the head of Glen Nevis and explores the dramatic gorge which leads up to the meadows below the superb Steall Falls. The harder aims right for the heart of the spectacular mountain scenery under the north face of Ben Nevis, offering arguably the finest views of Britain’s highest mountain before walking down to Fort William.

Glen Coe - Monday 24 December

Mountain valley of Glen CoeHistoric Glen Coe, scene of the famous massacre, is the focus for today’s walks. The easier takes in the wonderful views from “Hospital” Lochan, sitting just above Glencoe village itself. The finish is at the Clachaig Inn, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. The medium walk visits the famous Lost Valley, and the harder may tackle Sgorr na Ciche (the Pap of Glencoe), a relatively low top sitting right at the north west end of Glen Coe, with incredible views.

Loch Linnhe and hills around Ballachulish - Tuesday 25 December

 Loch LevenWe’ll build up an appetite as we explore locally. Our shortest walk goes along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe on a cycle track that follows the route of the old railway from Ballachulish, before returning the same way. En-route we can visit the monuments to James Stewart and the Appin murder that features in ‘Kidnapped’, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stretch your legs further on the medium walk as we take good forest tracks and paths towards Ballachulish, via Gleann a’ Chaolais, on the other side of the iconic bridge. The harder walk has the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dearg in its sights, weather permitting.

Lismore & the hills beyond Ballachulish - Wednesday 26 December

Lismore lighthouseLismore island is a favourite in the summer and tends to remain “green” 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 Gleann a’ Chaolais, as far as the bealach (pass) between two mighty Munros. 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.

 

Hills and Tracks around Kinlochleven - Thursday 27 December

 View over Loch LevenWe travel east up Loch Linnhe towards Kinlochleven, one-time centre of an important aluminium smelting industry and where all today’s walks finish. The easier walk starts with a gradual ascent to Mamore Lodge, 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 before continuing on the West Highland way to Kinlochleven. The harder takes a similar line but contours around Mam na Gualainn before its descent to the village.

Lismore & the hills beyond Ballachulish - Saturday 29 December

Group of mountain walkersLismore island is a favourite in the summer and tends to remain “green” 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 Gleann a’ Chaolais, as far as the bealach (pass) between two mighty Munros. 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.

 

Glen Coe - Sunday 30 December

Hospital lochanHistoric Glen Coe, scene of the famous massacre, is the focus for today’s walks. The easier takes in the wonderful views from “Hospital” Lochan, sitting just above Glencoe village itself. The finish is at the Clachaig Inn, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. The medium walk visits the famous Lost Valley, and the harder may tackle Sgorr na Ciche (the Pap of Glencoe), a relatively low top sitting right at the north west end of Glen Coe, with incredible views.

Hills and Tracks around Kinlochleven - Monday 31 December

View over Loch LevenWe travel east up Loch Linnhe towards Kinlochleven, one-time centre of an important aluminium smelting industry and where all today’s walks finish. The easier walk starts with a gradual ascent to Mamore Lodge, 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 before continuing on the West Highland way to Kinlochleven. The harder takes a similar line but contours around Mam na Gualainn before its descent to the village.

Loch Linnhe and the hills around Ballachulish - Tuesday 1 January

Loch LevenWe’ll build up an appetite as we explore locally. Our shortest walk goes along the shoreline of Loch Linnhe on a cycle track that follows the route of the old railway from Ballachulish, before returning the same way. En route we can visit the monuments to James Stewart and the Appin murder that features in ‘Kidnapped’, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stretch your legs further on the medium walk as we take good forest tracks and paths towards Ballachulish, via Gleann a’ Chaolais, on the other side of the iconic bridge. The harder walk has the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dearg in its sights, weather permitting.

Caledonian Canal and Glen Nevis - Wednesday 2 January

Great Glen way day 2Starting near Fort William by Neptune’s Staircase, the longest flight of locks in Britain, the easier walk follows the Caledonian Canal down to the sea at Loch Eil and into Fort William. The medium walk starts at the head of Glen Nevis and explores the dramatic gorge which leads up to the meadows below the superb Steall Falls. The harder aims right for the heart of the spectacular mountain scenery under the north face of Ben Nevis, offering arguably the finest views of Britain’s highest mountain before walking down to 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).

 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

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 £30 return and £20 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved at least 7 days 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.

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.

 

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 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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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
22 Dec 2018 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 4 £715.00 £715.00 Book Now
22 Dec 2018 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 6 £919.00 £919.00 Book Now
28 Dec 2018 LLXFW - Festive Walking - Glen Coe 6 £875.00 £875.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2019 LLXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Glen Coe 7 £995.00 £965.00 Save £30 per person Book Now
23 Dec 2019 LLXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Glen Coe 4 £735.00 £735.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2019 LLXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Glen Coe 3 £415.00 £415.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2019 LLXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Glen Coe 7 £945.00 £920.00 Save £25 per person Book Now
30 Dec 2019 LLXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Glen Coe 4 £685.00 £685.00 Book Now

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