Guided Walking at Glen Coe
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Glen Coe is arguably one of the most celebrated glens in the world with its volcanic origins, and its dramatic landscapes offering breathtaking scenery – magnificent peaks, ridges and stunning seascapes. Easy walks are available, although if you’re up for the challenge we have walks designed to test your stamina and bravery where you can tackle the famous Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak.
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.
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• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• 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
|All 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.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- 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
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Discover the best of the Scottish Highlands on our guided walks. 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.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
F: Remote Ardgour
Available on: 16 Jul 2017, 30 Jul 2017, 20 Aug 2017, 10 Sep 2017, 8 Oct 2017, 15 Oct 2017
Cross Loch Linnhe on the Corran ferry for walks on the remote Ardgour Peninsula.
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. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 1250 feet (380m) 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.
G: Kentallen peninsula and the hills around Loch Leven
Available on: 17 Jul 2017, 31 Jul 2017, 21 Aug 2017, 11 Sep 2017, 9 Oct 2017, 16 Oct 2017
Enjoy a choice of coast or mountain walks. Our Easier walk explores the Kentallen Peninsula with its superb sea views and wildlife. The Medium and Harder walks walk on the mountains on the southern shores of 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.
H: Ben Nevis and the hills and glens around Fort William
Available on: 18 Jul 2017, 1 Aug 2017, 22 Aug 2017, 12 Sep 2017, 10 Oct 2017, 17 Oct 2017
The immense mountain of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain towers above Fort William and Glen Nevis. We offer a choice of routes beneath the mountain's dramatic north face, or the opportunity to reach the summit of this iconic peak.
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.
I: Hills and tracks around Kinlochleven
Available on: 20 Jul 2017, 3 Aug 2017, 24 Aug 2017, 14 Sep 2017, 12 Oct 2017, 19 Oct 2017
Discover the mountains, valleys and waterfalls around Kinlochleven at the head of Loch Leven. Highlights include the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall and the views back along the loch.
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.
J: Hills and tracks of Glen Coe
Available on: 21 Jul 2017, 4 Aug 2017, 25 Aug 2017, 15 Sep 2017, 13 Oct 2017, 20 Oct 2017
Discover the dramatic valley of Glen Coe as it carved its way through the mountains. Walk in the beautiful side valley of Glen Etive, or ascend one of the peaks, including the ever-popular Buachaille Etive Mor.
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.
A: Nevis Gorge, Lairigmor and Kinlochleven
Available on: 23 Jul 2017, 6 Aug 2017, 27 Aug 2017, 3 Sep 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 1 Oct 2017
Explore the dramatic Nevis Gorge and Steall waterfalls in the shaddow of Ben Nevis, or head to the mountains to the north of Loch Leven, with the option to ascend to the summit of Mam na Gualainn.
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.
B: Lismore and the hills beyond Ballachulish
Available on: 24 Jul 2017, 7 Aug 2017, 28 Aug 2017, 4 Sep 2017, 18 Sep 2017, 2 Oct 2017
Today's walks explore two contrasting landscapes. Our Easier walk heads to the tranquil island of Lismore for a day of far reaching sea views. The Medium and Harder walks ascend to the summits of Sgorr Dhearg and Beinn a’Bheithir, the twin peaks visible from Alltshellach.
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.
C: Glen Coe
Available on: 25 Jul 2017, 8 Aug 2017, 29 Aug 2017, 5 Sep 2017, 19 Sep 2017, 3 Oct 2017
The immense valley of Glen Coe carved its way through some of Scotlands most dramatic mountains. Discover the valley's turbulant history and connections to the Clan MacDonald on our Easier walk, or tackle one of the impressive peaks that tower over this crucible of Scottish history.
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.
D: Ardgour - Strontian and Garbh Bheinn
Available on: 27 Jul 2017, 10 Aug 2017, 31 Aug 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017, 5 Oct 2017
Today we take the Corran Ferry across Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Peninsula for a choice of valley or mountain walks.
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.
E: The Mamores and hills around Kinlochleven
Available on: 28 Jul 2017, 11 Aug 2017, 1 Sep 2017, 8 Sep 2017, 22 Sep 2017, 6 Oct 2017
Our Easier walk heads to the lower slopes of Ben Nevis for a classic route below the north face. Meanwhile the Medium and Harder walks head to the Mamores mountains - a ridge of towering peaks, including the rugged summit of Stob Ban.
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.
Which break for me
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. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.
We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:
Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes
Our 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
Guided Walking for Solos
We 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
Discover the Highlands
Alltshellach is situated beside the shores of Loch Leven. This is a spectacular location with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
About 2 miles away, across the loch is the village of Ballachulish. Here you’ll find a post office, food store and bank. A much wider range of facilities can be found in Fort William, about 14 miles to the north.
As the adventure capital of Britain, the Lochaber region is a popular destination for all outdoor enthusiasts. During your stay in Glen Coe you may enjoy visiting the following activities and places of interest:
Jacobite Steam Train
Ride the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. This stunningly scenic line includes the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films. Steam trains run every day and early booking is reccomended. www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite
Isle of Mull
Reached by car ferry from Oban, or Lochaline, Mull is one of the most popular Scottish islands. You could visit the colourful harbour at Tobermory or the abbey on Iona. www.calmac.co.uk/mull
Isle of Lismore
The peaceful island of Lismore is ideal for a relaxed exploration. You can hire bikes at Port Appin, about 30 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, then take the short ferry crossing to the island.
The bustling harbour town of Oban, about 45 minutes' drive south of Alltshellach, is a popular destination. There's always plenty of activity around the harbour and its well worth the walk up to McCaig's Tower, a remarkable folly built in the style of a Roman ampitheatre, with commanding views over the town.
Eilean Donan Castle
Nearly 80 miles drive north from Alltshellach is this romantic and much photographed Scottish lochside castle. Located on a small island just offshore, the castle is isolated by the sea at high tide, only accessible via a stone bridge. www.eileandonancastle.com
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven. www.ice-factor.co.uk
Travel to Glen Coe
Our address is: Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA
The nearest station is Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
Glasgow to Glen Coe transfer
We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The transfer is £25 return and £15 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.
On arrival days our coach leaves Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station at 4.15pm, or Glasgow airport at 4.45pm. We will arrive at Alltshellach at 7pm which is in time for dinner on your first evening.
On departure day the transfer will get you back to Glasgow Airport by 11.30am and to Buchanan Street bus station by 12.00 noon.
** Buchanan Street bus station is about 15 mins walk from Glasgow central station (frequent buses are available) or 5 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street station.
If you are not travelling on a Saturday, the journey from either Glasgow Buchanan Street or the airport can be made using the Scottish Citylink bus, numbers 914 or 915. See www.citylink.co.uk for the timetable. Ask the driver to stop at the north side of Ballachulish Bridge - from here it is a 400 metre walk to Alltshellach.
From Glasgow take the A82 towards Crianlarich. Continue on the A82 towards Fort William. Head for Ballachulish keeping the village on your left. Go straight on at the roundabout over the steel bridge and take the second right B863 to Kinlochleven and the seafood restaurant. Alltshellach is 400 yards further on, on your right.
Travelling from overseas
Ideally book a flight to Glasgow Airport. From here you can join our coach transfer to Alltshellach (see above).
The next best option to fly to Manchester Airport, which has a better range of long-haul flights. There are trains from the airport to Glasgow (some direct, other need 1 change). Allow 4 hours to get to Glasgow, then join our coach transfer to Alltshellach. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
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Dates & Prices
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|2 Sep 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||4||£499.00||£479.00||Book Now|
|2 Sep 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||7||£819.00||£809.00||Book Now|
|6 Sep 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||3||£359.00||£339.00||Book Now|
|9 Sep 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||4||£499.00||£499.00||Book Now|
|13 Sep 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||3||£359.00||£339.00||Book Now|
|30 Sep 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||4||£459.00||£429.00||Book Now|
|30 Sep 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||7||£749.00||£709.00||Book Now|
|4 Oct 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||3||£339.00||£319.00||Book Now|
|7 Oct 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||4||£459.00||£419.00||Book Now|
|7 Oct 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||7||£749.00||£679.00||Book Now|
|11 Oct 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||3||£339.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|14 Oct 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||4||£459.00||£419.00||Book Now|
|14 Oct 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||7||£749.00||£679.00||Book Now|
|18 Oct 2017||LLBOB - Guided Walking - Glen Coe||3||£339.00||£309.00||Book Now|
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- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person