Focus on Light at Glen Coe

Scotland

Code: LLEMN

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace
From £724.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

  • Learn how to capture the best light of the day
  • Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage
  • Share inspiration and exchange ideas
  • Gain knowledge to continue your photography at home

Holiday Highlights:

Calling all keen and aspiring landscape photographers. Offering the best in both classic and unexpected shoot locations, your expert leader will encourage you to capture your personal response to the landscape in the best light of the day. This holiday goes the extra mile with sunrise outings and after-dinner excursions to lake, coastal or mountain vistas. Suitable for complete beginners to advanced photographers.

Great Reasons to Join Us

  • Great value: all prices include full-board en-suite accommodation, transport to photography locations and tuition from our expert leader
  • Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
  • Expert leaders: all our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment

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 and spa, including changing rooms and swim jet, 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 and spa 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
  • A 40cm step to gain access to the spa pool

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

Arrival day: You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Tea and coffee are available throughout the afternoon the lounge. We invite everyone to dinner at 7.30pm. This is the first occasion when everyone meets together. After dinner we’ll introduce your leader and tell you more about your holiday

During the holiday and depending on the weather, we hope to take advantage of early starts in order to catch the time around sunrise in locations near Alltshellach  On other days, we may stay out later in the afternoon to enjoy some wonderful sunsets.

Sunday – Around Alltshallach and North Ballachulish
Today we walk the areas around North Ballachulish, which gives us a range of landscape subjects to help develop and practise our photographic skills. This evening includes a review/tutorial session where we can share knowledge and plan for the following days.

Monday - Loch Leven, Buachaille Etive Mor and Black Rock cottage
After breakfast we explore the surrounding countryside, taking the old road around Loch Leven via Kinlochleven to Glencoe village with an opportunity to stretch our legs at Glencoe Lochan. Following a visit to the National Trust for Scotland Information Centre at Glen Coe, we travel up the valley, pausing at several viewpoints, to Blackrock Cottage for one of Scotland’s iconic vistas. This evening includes a review/tutorial session where we can share knowledge and plan ahead. 

Tuesday – All around Moidart
Today starts with the short ferry ride to Moidart. We then follow the A861 to Strontian with photos stops along the way and reaching Glenuig Bay in time for lunch. This afternoon sees us at the Glenfinnan monument, a breathtaking landscape with the head of Loch Shiel in front and the Harry Potter railway viaduct behind. The circuit of Moidart is completed by travelling along the north shore of Loch Eil to Corpach with fantastic views of Ben Nevis, returning to Altshallach via Fort William. This evening includes a review/tutorial session where we can share knowledge and plan for the following days.

Wednesday : A free day to relax and enjoy the facilities at Alltshellach or explore the lovely local area, perhaps also to re-visit a favourite location

Thursday – Glen Etive and Rannoch Moor
Our morning starts exploring the lochs adjacent to the A82 as it crosses Rannoch Moor. After lunch we drive down Glen Etive to the head of Loch Etive with many opportunities to photograph waterfalls and mountains. We may be lucky enough to catch some white water kayakers along the way. Weather permitting, the later start will help us capture beautiful sunsets as we return to Altshallach 

Friday – Castles and lochs
Today we travel to Connel Bridge, stopping along the way to view Castle Stalker set against the Mountains of Morvern, Port Appin (for a short walk to a natural arch at Appin Rocks), Loch Etive and Kilchurn Castle. The later start will allow us to return to Castle Stalker and capture the sunset over Morven, weather permitting.

Departure day: depart after a leisurely breakfast

 

What to bring

    • your camera and other essential accessories
    • memory card
    • battery and charger
    • your camera’s instruction manual
    • waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
    • bag for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
    • Notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
    • a tripod, whilst not essential, will enable a far greater range of photographic techniques to be tried.

     

    Optional camera accessories (remember you will have to carry some of these)

    • spare memory cards
    • a spare camera battery
    • a spare camera (you never know)
    • a small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
    • filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising
    • memory stick or CD for storing images
    • Laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images. (whilst it’s not absolutely essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday if you shoot digital)
    • camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer

Local area

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:

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.

Ice Factor         
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven. www.ice-factor.co.uk

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 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.

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

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

Travel

Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA

New at HF HolidaysA long way North, but always wanted to visit? Take the train or fly to Glasgow and we’ll help you from there.

Our own station / airport transfers: We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan Bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The pickup is at 4.15pm from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station** and we depart from 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. 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.

** 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 train: The nearest station is Fort William, but Glasgow may be more convenient. 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).

By taxi: If you can’t meet our station transfer and prefer to travel all the way to Fort William, the 15 mile journey to Alltshellach can be made by taxi. There will be lots of taxis at Fort William station that will take you to Alltshellach.

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. Look out for our sign. A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking. 

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

Leaders

Neil McCoubrey

Neil is a professional photographer and trainer based in Edinburgh. He has a first class honours degree in Photography and is an “Associate” of the Royal Photographic Society. In addition to commercial and charity clients, Neil teaches photography and photo-editing in Adult Education, for individual clients and at a Secondary school. His personal photographic work is a mix of Landscape and “Found Still Life” with occasional “Environmental Portrait” projects.

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Overall holiday was excellent. Just one problem that downgraded it to good. I never received any confirmation that I had paid the balance even when I asked for it.

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This particular centre was excellent in all aspects.
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From the warm welcome to the helpful farewell, the staff of Alltshellach provided excellent, professional, and friendly service and clean and comfortable accommodations. I especialy enjoyed the pool. No better way to end a day in the Highlands than a swim and a soak.
7 Nov 2015, 11:21 a.m.

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I always enjoy my HF holidays.

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This was my third visit to Glencoe and I enjoyed it as always.
2 Nov 2015, 8:45 p.m.

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well organised
2 Nov 2015, 4:57 a.m.

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Fantastic time and everything was excellent

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Activities were good
7 Nov 2013, 12:54 p.m.

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I've said good not excellent because the company took the balance of my holiday money out at 3am which made my bank think it was fraud and subsequently blocked my card which caused me great distress.

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the staff at Glen Coe were excellent nothing was too much trouble
7 Nov 2013, 8:18 a.m.

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Easy to find and book via internet. information arrived promptly and was accurate

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Probably influenced by the poor weather. A good hotel, well staffed, a reasonable program and good company
6 Nov 2013, 8:04 a.m.

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I always enjoy my HF holidays
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Wonderful accommodation and excellent staff

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always a pleasure with leader *PERSONAL INFO REMOVED BY FEEFO*

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8 Oct 2016 LLEMN - Focus on Light - Glen Coe 7 £799.00 £724.00 Offer - £75 off pp Book Now

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Information

  • Twin/double premium rooms: £5 per person per night
  • Single rooms: £8 per night
  • Non member associate fee: £5 per person