Guided Walking at Glen Coe

Scotland

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Easy
  • Harder
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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.

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From £274.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Save up to 125The dramatic landscapes of the Highlands offer some spectacular scenery – from magnificent peaks, ridges, and waterfalls to unspoilt islands and stunning seascapes.

Capture shots of the Harry Potter Jacobite steam train as it winds its way across the Glenfinnan Viaduct or sample a wee dram in a distillery – the culture and scenery will keep you coming back.

Holiday highlights

  • Discover the rich history of the Highlands, including Glen Coe’s infamous massacre
  • Dramatic glens dominated by the jagged ridges and peaks of the high mountains
  • The best mountain walking in Britain with opportunities to climb many Munros (peaks over 3,000 feet, 900m) including Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain)
  • Scottish gala evenings with the time-honoured tradition of piping in the haggis 

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Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
  • Accommodation: a magnificent lochside location with outstanding mountain views and superb indoor pool
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

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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 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

Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Scotland's West Highlands offer truly world class scenery for walkers but on the whole the walking is tougher than anywhere else in Britain.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

 

Easier Walks

HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder

 

Medium Walks

HF Holidays walks grade challenger

  

Harder Walks

 


We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2017 - see below.


Group A: Nevis Gorge, Lairigmor and Kinlochleven

Easier Walk: We follow the River Nevis upstream through meadows to reach the wooded gorge where the ‘Eas an Tull’, the Torrent, churns dramatically between giant boulders. Emerging into the wide vistas of the Steall Meadow with views of the magnificent An Steall waterfall, we visit the wire bridge at Steall before returning to Achriabhach. 7 miles (11.5km) with 1,450 feet (440m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Starting at Callert on the northern shore of Loch Leven, we take a steep path up to a pass on the main ridge. Crossing the ridge, we contour round behind Mam na Gualainn, then descend into Lairigmor the adjacent valley and join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven. 8 miles (13km) with 2,050 feet (620m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Callert we follow the route of the Medium Walk onto the main ridge. We veer east over Callert Lump, then continue on the undulating ridge to Mam na Gualainn and Beinn na Caillich, before descending to join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven. 8 miles (12.5km) with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent.


Group B: Lismore and the hills beyond Ballachulish

Easier Walk: We take the ferry from Port Appin to the Isle of Lismore and head across the point to the picturesque old fishing village of Port Ramsay. From here the route crosses back to the eastern shores to visit the Pictish Broch at Tirefour before lunch along the shores of Loch Balle a’Ghobhiann. Returning to the western shores we may visit the Island Heritage Centre and the ruins of Castle Coeffin, before following a low ridge past the trig point marking the islands highest point (just 82 metres) and return to the ferry via Port Ramsay. 9½ miles (15.5 km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent. Easy gradients and lots of interest make this our most popular easier walk. 

Medium Walk: The walk starts from St John’s Church at virtually sea-level, on the southern shore of Loch Leven. The walk climbs up through forestry tracks and rougher ground to reach the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dhearg, then returns down through forestry tracks, and over the Ballachulish Bridge with its wonderful views down the loch to Ardgour and back to Alltshellach. 9½ miles (15km) with 3,900 feet (1,180m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From St John’s church we follow forestry tracks through Gleann a’Chaolais to reach a woodland path winding uphill alongside the stream to reach the upper slopes. A steep stony gully leads up onto the main Beinn a’Bheithir ridge which is followed eastwards to the summit of Sgorr Dhonuill (1,001m). We descend back into Gleann a’Chaolais and via forestry trails to the Ballachulish Bridge which we cross to return to Alltshellach. 9½ miles (15.5km) with 3,850 feet (1,160m) of ascent.


Group C: Glen Coe

Easier Walk: Starting at the National Trust Visitor Centre in dramatic Glen Coe we follow woodland trails to Glencoe village and onwards to the scenic ‘Hospital Lochan’. We then head down forestry tracks to the finish at the Clachaig Inn, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. Signal Rock, which tradition has as the gathering point for the MacDonalds of Glencoe at times of emergency, offers an optional historic short loop from here. 8 miles (12.5km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Glen Coe we ascend Sron Garbh, then follow the long, undulating ridge eastwards to Stob Mhic Mhartuin. We descend to the West Highland Way and down the zigzags of the Devil’s Staircase to Altnafeadh, then on to the Kingshouse. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 2,900 feet (880m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Glen Coe we head up through Coire nan Lochan to the twin summits of Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean nam Bian - the highest peak in Argyll. We descend through another of Bidean’s magnificent corries back into Glen Coe. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 3,800 feet (1,160m) of ascent.


Group D: Ardgour - Strontian and Garbh Bheinn

Easier Walk: Crossing on the Corran ferry to Ardgour, we start our walk at the one-time lead mining centre of Strontian and follow the river towards the long-abandoned Bellsgrove lead mines below Druim Glas. We return through the Ariundle Nature Reserve. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Strontian we ascend on an ancient ‘coffin route’ to Bealach nan Cairn overlooking Loch Shiel, then follow the ridge eastwards to Meall Iain, eventually descending through the old workings of the Whitesmith Mine back to Strontian valley. 9½ miles (15km) with 1,900 feet (580m) of ascent. 

Harder Walk: From Glen Tarbert we walk up through forest to join the west ridge of Garbh Bheinn and follow the ridge to the summit. We descend over the long ridge of Sron a’ Gharbh Choire Bhig and back into Glen Tarbert. 6½ miles (10km) with 3,150 feet (960m) of ascent.


Group E: The Mamores and hills around Kinlochleven

Easier Walk: From the lower gondola station below Aonach Mor we follow pleasant forestry trails alongside the River Lundy and then ascend the ‘North Face path’ through forestry to reach a viewpoint with magnificent views across the Allt a’Mhuilinn to the North-east face of Ben Nevis. Crossing open hillside on tracks we descend past the Glen Nevis Distillery to follow the Great Glen Way past Inverlochy Castle into Fort William. 8 miles (12.5km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Achriabhach in Glen Nevis we head up into the heart of the Mamores via Coire an Mhusgain and enjoy dramatic scenery to reach the high point near Sgurr an Iubhair, on the famous Ring of Steall, before descending to Kinlochleven.  7½ miles (12 km) with 3,350 feet (1,020m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Achriabach we ascend steeply on the northern spur to the airy summit of Stob Ban at 999 metres. After enjoying the spectacular views and the slopes of Sgurr an Iubhair we complete a traverse of the Mamores by following a rough stalker’s path down Coire na h-Eirghe to Kinlochleven, with hopefully time for a drink at the Ice Factor. 8 miles (13km) with 4,100 feet (1,240m) of ascent. 


Group F: Remote Ardgour

Easier Walk: We start at Onich and follow forest trails towards Inchree with its splendid waterfalls, then take the Corran ferry across to Ardgour for a pleasant woodland walk in the grounds of Ardgour House. 4½ miles (7.5km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Crossing on the Corran ferry, we climb the side of the spectacular waterfall of Maclean’s Towel to Meall Breac, then around the ridge to Lochan a’ Choire Duibh, from where we make our descent. 6 miles (10km) with 2,450 feet (760m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: After following a similar route to that taken by the Medium Walk up to the Lochan, we continue over the summit of Sgurr na h-Eanchainne, then descend via Beinn na Cille back to the ferry. 7½ miles (12km) with 2,750 feet (840m) of ascent.


Group G: Kentallen peninsula and the hills around Loch Leven

Easier Walk: We walk around Cuil Bay to the peninsula of Rubha Mor, which is great for spotting birds and seals. We continue around the coast to Kentallen Bay, then along a low ridge overlooking the bay to finish in Kentallen village. 7 miles (11km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Achnacon we head up Gleann Leac na Muidhe then ascend over Meall a’Bhuige to reach the airy summit of Sgorr a’Choise, an excellent viewpoint. We descend on the rocky south west ridge before following Gleann an Fhiodh north to Ballachulish. 8 miles (13 km) with 2,300 feet (690m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Ballachulish we ascend a rocky spur onto the main ridge of the Beinn a’ Bheithir mountain range. We follow the ridge to the subsidiary peak of Sgorr Bhan, then on to the Munros of Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill. We descend over rough ground into Gleann a’ Chaolais and back to Alltshellach. 8 miles (13km) with 4,300 feet (1,290m) of ascent.


Group H: Ben Nevis and the hills and glens around Fort William

Easier Walk: From the lower gondola station below Aonach Mor we follow pleasant forestry trails alongside the River Lundy and then ascend the ‘North Face path’ through forestry to reach a viewpoint with magnificent views across the Allt a’Mhuilinn to the North-east face of Ben Nevis. Crossing open hillside on tracks we descend past the Glen Nevis Distillery to follow the Glen Glen Way past Inverlochy Castle into Fort William. 8 miles (12.5km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Starting at Torlundy we ascend to the climbers’ hut below the north face of Ben Nevis, then contour below the massive Castle Ridge buttress to reach Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. We join the Pony Track and descend to the Nevis Inn in Glen Nevis. 9 miles (14km) with 2,600 feet (800m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Our objective today is the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Starting from the Visitors’ Centre in Glen Nevis we follow the Pony Track which zigzags up to the summit plateau, which we cross to reach the Trig Point. We return by the same route. 10 miles (16.5km) with 4,500 feet (1,380m) of ascent.


Group I: Hills and tracks around Kinlochleven

Easier Walk: We begin at Kinlochleven and ascend past the Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall up onto the Old Military Road, and on to Loch Eilde Mor. The descent is via a stalkers’ path to join the River Leven and a woodland path back to Kinlochleven. 7½ miles (12km) with 1,750 feet (520m) of ascent. 

Medium Walk: Starting at Callert on the northern shore of Loch Leven, we take a steep path up to a pass on the main ridge. We veer east over Callert Lump, then continue on the undulating ridge to Mam na Gualainn and Beinn na Caillich, before descending to join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven. 8 miles (12.5km) with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We ascend past the Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall up the An Cumhann ridge, then follow stalkers’ tracks across the flank of the mountain, ascending very steeply to the summit of Sgorr Eilde Beag and the start of a superb high-level ridge walk. We follow the ridge to Na Gruagaichean then descend from the southern spur of the mountain back to Kinlochleven. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 3,800 feet (1,160m) of ascent.


Group J: Hills and tracks of Glen Coe

Easier Walk: Starting at Dalness in remote Glen Etive we ascend between the spectacular ridges of Buachaille Etive Beag and Buachaille Etive Mor on a good path to reach the crest of the pass known as the Lairig Gartrain. From here there are magnificent views back down the length of Glen Etive. We then follow the pass northeast to reach Altnafeadh in Glen Coe where we join the West Highland Way and walk to the Kingshouse Inn. 8 miles (12.5km) with 1,700 ft (520m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Starting from Glen Etive we climb steeply up Coire Cloiche Finne to reach the Buachaille Etive Mor ridge from where we turn eastwards to reach the summit of Stob Dearg (1,022m), providing an eagle’s eye view of Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe stretching out beneath. A careful descent is made down the steep and rocky Coire na Tulaich to reach the West Highland Way at Altnafeadh, which we follow to finish at the Kings House, an old drover’s Inn. 7 miles (11.5km) with 2,950 feet (900m) 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. 9½ miles (15km) with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent.


2017 Walking Programmes

7 night holidays: 5 days of walking and a free day on the Wednesday (unless otherwise stated)
Walks A-E: Sat 6, 20 May, 3, 17, 24 Jun, 8, 22 Jul, 5, 26 Aug, 2, 16 (Outdoor Escapes), 30 Sep
Walks F-J: Sat 29 Apr, 13, 27 May, 10 Jun, 1, 15, 29 Jul, 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 7, 14 Oct

5 night holidays: 4 days of walking
Walks F,G,H,I: Mon 17 Apr

4 night holidays: 3 days of walking
Walks A-C: Sat 6, 20 May, 3, 17, 24 Jun, 8, 22 Jul, 5, 26 Aug, 2, 30 Sep
Walks F-H: Sat 29 Apr, 13, 27 May, 10, 15, 29 Jul, 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 7, 14 Oct
Walks A,B,D: Sun 9 Apr, Sat 22 Apr

3 night holidays: 2 days of walking
Walks D,E: Wed 10, 24 May, 7, 21, 28 Jun, 12, 26 Jul, 30 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct
Walks I,J: Wed 3, 17, 31 May, 14 Jun, 19 Jul, 2, 23 Aug, 13 Sep, 11, 18 Oct


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.

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.

Our guests: The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas, and of people travelling alone, with a partner or with friends.

Free day: Each seven night holiday has a day without any organised walks, so you can explore the Western Highlands independently.

In the evenings: 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 organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.

Which break for me

Guided Walking

Our best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot.

We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:


Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes

Two female walkers enjoying a drink after their walk

NEW from HF HolidaysOur Outdoor Escapes are ideally suited to working age guests. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with guests who also need to escape the working day.

During the day you can enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or relax in the lounge with new-found friends. For those that wish they'll also be informal evening activities on offer; perhaps a team quiz, or talk from a National Park ranger.

 

Outdoor Escapes at Glen Coe start on Sat 16 September 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab

See our full list of Outdoor Escapes


Guided Walking for Solos

Two guests walking along a pathWe welcome many solo guests on our holidays; however you may prefer our dedicated holidays for solos only. As well as likeminded company, there's no extra charges for our premium single, and standard twin and double rooms.

See Guided Walking for Solos at Glen Coe for further details

 

 

 


Other Guided Walking holidays at Glen Coe

Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits

Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks

Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike

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:

 

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

Our address: 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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Excellent service. All went smoothly.

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Great walking from a comfortable and cosy house. Walking quite hard in that part of the world but there was something for every one. Lovely food and friendly staff.
5 Nov 2016, 4:53 p.m.

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This is the only holiday I have taken so far with HF so can't really comment any further- but the booking process seemed straightforward.

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Well organised well led walking in a great location.
3 Nov 2016, 12:56 p.m.

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Everything was meticulously planned, and met the description of the holiday in the information. The ethos of fellowship permeated all of the communication and relationships with the company.

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This wasy first time with H F holiday and in the Scottish highlands. I loved it. The guides, and the hotel staff were professional but also very friendly. They went out of their way to ensure everybody's need were met. The house was charming and comfortable. I'll be coming on another holiday!
2 Nov 2016, 8:41 p.m.

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Given that I went recently on a sale deal it was good value

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Would have been excellent but the first day's walking was disappointing
2 Nov 2016, 7:26 a.m.

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well organised friendly staff

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stunning scenery
1 Nov 2016, 8:25 p.m.

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Enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at Glen Coe where the average age of guests seemed lower than at other houses.

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The experience and competence of the excellent voluntary walk leaders was clear to see in the challenging terrain.
1 Nov 2016, 1:22 p.m.

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Food and walks were excellent.
1 Nov 2016, 10:08 a.m.

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Not the cheapest option, but convivial and well designed.

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Food & walk leaders were very good and made this an enjoyable break. The single room was (as ever) pretty spartan, and the shower cubicle was minute. An excellent centre for more challenging walking, whether guided or solo.
25 Oct 2016, 1:27 p.m.

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The holiday was wonderful, but our premium room was a disappointment; it did not meet the requirements or standards of our previous experience with premium rooms at other HF Houses.

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Leaders were all amazing and staff at the house were first rate, for the most part, but two of them were a bit surly by times.
19 Oct 2016, 6:25 p.m.

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Provides what we want, graded guided walks, full board, good food and mostly good rooms?

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This holiday was to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary and I had a great sense of achievement doing the Medium walks! The food, accommodation, surroundings, weather were all very good!

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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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