Guided Walking for Solos 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.
Country walking is a great way to meet new friends, and the convivial atmosphere of our Country Houses will make sure you have an enjoyable time.
- 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 Munro summits
- 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
Great reasons to join us
- For solos: no single room charge and double rooms are available at no extra cost. Twin rooms are also available for sole occupancy at a special reduced price of £10 per night
- Exclusivity: we welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday especially for single guests
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2016 - see below. Please check back here in November for any variations for our 2017 holidays.
Group F: 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 300 feet (90m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Altnafeadh we ascend Beinn a’ Chrulaiste, a superb viewpoint at the head of Glen Coe. We cross onto Meall Bhalach and follow the ridge onto Rannoch Moor, then descend to end at the old drovers’ inn of Kingshouse. 7 miles (11km) with 2,300 feet (690m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting at Ballachulish we ascend onto the main ridge of Beinn a’Bheithir, which we follow to the summit of Sgorr Dhonuill. We return by retracing our steps into Gleann a’Chaolais, then crossing the Ballachulish Bridge. 9 miles (14.5km) with 3,300 feet (990m) of ascent.
Group G: 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. 7 miles (11km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Callert we ascend steeply onto the main ridge of Mam na Gualainn and follow the ridge to the summit. We then descend into the Lairigmor (Great Pass) and join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven. 8 miles (13km) with 2,700 (810m) feet 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. 8 miles (13km) with 3,900 feet (1,170m) of ascent.
Group H: Ben Nevis and the hills and glens around Fort William
Easier Walk: From Torlundy we take the River Lundy Trail to the lower gondola station at Aonach Mor, then follow forestry tracks onto the lower slopes of Carn Mor Dearg. Traversing open country above Fort William we descend past the Glen Nevis Distillery to join the Great Glen Way into Fort William. 8 miles (13km) with 800 feet (240m) 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. 8 miles (13km) with 2,500 feet (750m) 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 (16km) with 4,500 feet (1,350m) of ascent.
Group I: Ardgour - Strontian and Garbh Bheinn
Easier Walk: Crossing on the Corran ferry to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, 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. 7 miles (11km) with 800 feet (240m) 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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,800 feet (540m) 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. 6 miles (9.5km) with 3,100 feet (930m) of ascent.
Group J: Hills and tracks of Glen Coe
Easier Walk: The walk follows the West Highland Way along the old military road from Altnafeadh (or in good weather from the Kingshouse Inn) to Kinlochleven. The route zig zags up the Devil’s Staircase, then makes the long descent across open countryside. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Today we ascend steeply via Coire na Tulaich onto Buachaille Etive Mor, then follow the rocky track to the summit of Stob Dearg. We descend into Glen Etive and make our way to the old drovers’ inn of Kingshouse. 7 miles (11km) with 2,600 feet (780m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This walk follows the same route as that used by the medium party up to Stob Dearg, but then follows the long, undulating ridge to Stob na Broige, before making the steep descent down the Coire Altruim path and along the Lairig Gartain to the main road. 7 miles (11km) with 3,700 feet (1,100m) of ascent.
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.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas. On our Guided Walking for Solos holidays, the holiday is especially for single guests.
Each seven or six night holiday has a day without 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.
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:
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.
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
Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA
A 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
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
13 Jul 2014, 1:05 a.m.
The holiday was organised efficiently and more than met expectations. HF staff were helpful, friendly, considerate and knowledgeable, facilities were excellent.
Loved the holiday so much I have become an HF member even though I live in Australia!
11 Jul 2014, 8:48 p.m.
No review provided
Enjoyed it. Excellent accomodation.
10 Jul 2014, 11:34 a.m.
Good website, simple to use.
Very good walk leaders. New accommodation, staff and food at Alltshellach also very good.
10 Jul 2014, 10:15 a.m.
Well organised and user friendly holiday company
Another good all round holiday with HF. Excellent walking, good accommodation and meals, enjoyable company
9 Jul 2014, 9:56 a.m.
An excellent company for guided walking, although lack of response to specific e mails and inability to speak to someone on the phone prevents my giving an excellent rating.
Overall, a good holiday, lovely hotel and food. Holiday was marred by one of the leaders getting us lost, and one of the walks being one of the most dreadful I have done in any of 14+ HF walking holidays.
9 Jul 2014, 1:36 a.m.
Very good value for money. Excellent service when booking by phone.
Lovely room. Great food, served by enthusiastic staff. Excellent walks and great leader.
7 Jul 2014, 4:21 p.m.
Hotels, food, and leaders all really good.
I found the 2nd day's "easy" walk (Monday 30 June) not easy at all, but was assisted greatly by the leader.
7 Jul 2014, 8:15 a.m.
Fantastic set up, great staff, gorgeous location - I will be back
My holiday far exceeded my expectations! Every aspect was considered to the tiniest detail and I was very impressed by the professionalism, friendliness and warmth of all of the HF staff. A holiday which I could not recommend highly enough
Thank you for your holiday feedback. Great to hear you had such a great walking holidays with us to Scotland. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Thanks, Sarah Davis
Research & Development Manager
HF Holidays Ltd
6 Jul 2014, 3:23 p.m.
Room required redecoration as their had been an obvious leak through the ceiling. Chef needed to learn that poached eggs should have runny centres as it was a breakfast table gambit as to who had the liquid yolk and it was usually one in eight! When one holidaymaker had an infected heel the lack of interest or medical knowledge of the three guides was disappointing and it was other holidaymakers who cared for her and made alternative arrangements to ensure she got home safely.
See above comments. This trip should not have easy, medium and hard walks as none of the walks were easy, especially as one guide got lost every time and struggled to follow a route marked on an ordnance survey map. The easy walk on Tuesday covered a greater distance than the hard walk that went up Ben Nevis due to the route taken by the guide. Perhaps an additional medical questionnaire could be sent to people over the age of 75 as an elderly lady struggled greatly with ascents and descents and held the rest of the walkers up continuously making walks with her on arduous and tiring due to the length of time they took.
Thank you for your review. I’m sorry that your stay at Altshellach left you so disappointed. We’ll pass on your feedback to the staff who plan our walks and leaders. We hope you welcome you back in the future.
Thanks, Sarah Davis
Research & Development Manager
HF Holidays Ltd
6 Jul 2014, 8:15 a.m.
No review provided
The house at Glen Coe is my favourite HF house
Dates & Prices
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|15 Oct 2016||LLBOS - Guided Walking for Solos - Glen Coe||4||£449.00||£404.00||Book Now|
|15 Oct 2016||LLBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Glen Coe||7||£729.00||£679.00||Book Now|
|19 Oct 2016||LLBOS - Guided Walking for Solos - Glen Coe||3||£329.00||£284.00||Book Now|
|21 Oct 2017||LLBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Glen Coe||7||£749.00||£624.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- 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