5-Night Scottish Highlands Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Sunrise at Glencoe
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Solos Holidays
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £385pp £325pp

Walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy likeminded company and a great selection of walks in the Scottish Highlands. Discover dramatic glens dominated by the jagged ridges and peaks of Britain's highest mountains.

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Across the Corran Ferry

Distance: 8½ miles (13½ km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In SummaryA walk with two distinct sections either side of Loch Linnhe. We start at Onich and follow forest trails towards Inchree with its splendid waterfalls. We then take the Corran ferry across to Ardgour for a pleasant woodland walk in the grounds of Ardgour House. 

HighlightSee the Scottish mountains from a different perspective as we take the short ferry crossing over the Corran narrows, where Loch Linnhe is forced into a small channel. 

 

Option 2 - Maclean’s Towel

 

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 2,450 feet (760m) 

In SummaryCross on the Corran ferry to the Ardgour Peninsula, then climb the side of the spectacular Maclean’s Towel waterfall to the summit of Meall Breac. 

HighlightAn opportunity to walk in the tranquil mountains of Ardgour. Throughout the walk there are great views over the immense Loch Linnhe, with the mountains of Glen Coe beyond. 

 

Option 3 - Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

 

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 2,750 feet (840m) 

In SummaryCross on the Corran ferry to walk in the mountains of the Ardgour Peninsula. Our route takes us past Maclean's Towel waterfall then around the ridge onto the summit of Sgurr na h-Eanchainne. 

HighlightAt just over 700 metres high, Sgurr na h-Eanchainne provides a good warm-up for higher peaks visited later in the holiday. 

 


Option 1 - Kentallen Peninsula

 

Distance: 8 miles (12½km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In SummaryA coastal walk around the Kentallen Peninsula is a wonderful contrast to the inland mountains. Our route takes us around Cuil Bay and Kentallen Bay to finish in Kentallen village. 

HighlightThe headland of Rubha Mor offers sweeping views across Loch Linnhe to the Isle of Mull and is a great place for spotting birds and seals. 

 

Option 2 - Sgorr a’Choise

 

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)  

Ascent: 2,300 feet (690m) 

In SummaryWalk from Glen Coe along a beautiful valley then upwards to the airy summit of Sgorr a’Choise. We descend on the rocky south west ridge before following Gleann an Fhiodh to Ballachulish.   

HighlightSgorr a’Choise is modest in height compared to the neighbouring peaks; but it's an excellent viewpoint overlooking Loch Leven. 

 

Option 3 - Beinn a’ Bheithir

 

Distance: 7 miles (11½km) 

Total ascent: 3,400 feet (1,030m) 

In Summary: Climb the Munro of Sgorr Dhearg, one of the twin peaks clearly visible across the loch from Alltshellach. From Ballachulish we ascend a rocky spur onto the main ridge of the Beinn a’ Bheithir mountain ridge and later descend through the wooded valley of Gleann a’ Chaolais to Alltshellach.

HighlightChoose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with an inspiring mountain panorama. 

 


Option 1 - Loch Eilde Mor

 

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 1,750 feet (520m) 

In SummaryDiscover the mountains, valleys and waterfalls around Kinlochleven at the head of Loch Leven. We'll ascend past the Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall up onto the Old Military Road, and on to Loch Eilde Mor. 

HighlightLoch Eilde Mor is a beautiful mountain lake set among the wilderness below the Mamore mountains. 

 

Option 2 - Beinn na Caillich

Distance: 8 miles (12½km) 

Ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)

 In SummaryFollow the undulating mountain ridge over the summits of Mam na Gualainn and Beinn na Caillich, before descending to join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven. 

HighlightThe 'Corbett' summit of Mam na Gualainn commands a fine view over Loch Leven and towering mountains of Glen Coe. 

 

Option 3 - Na Gruagaichean

 

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km) 

Total ascent: 3,800 feet (1,160m) 

In SummaryAscend past the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall onto the Mamore mountains. Our superb high-level ridge walk links the summits of Sgorr Eilde Beag and Na Gruagaichean before descending the southern spur of the mountain back to Kinlochleven. 

HighlightWith 14 Munro summits, the rugged Mamore ridge contains some of Scotland's finest mountain walking. 

 


Option 1 - Glen Etive to Glen Coe

 

Distance: 8 miles (12½km) 

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m) 

In SummaryWalk from Glen Etive to Glen Coe between the spectacular ridges of Buachaille Etive Beag and Buachaille Etive Mor. Our path crosses a pass known as the Lairig Gartrain, then descends to Glen Coe and along the West Highland Way to the Kingshouse Inn. 

HighlightA spectacular walk beneath the towering mountains of Glen Coe. Look out for Red Deer and Golden Eagles as you discover this amazing landscape.

 

Option 2 - Stob Dearg

 

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)  

Ascent: 2,950 feet (900m) 

In SummaryClimb to the top of one of Scotland's most iconic mountains - Buachaille Etive Mor. We have a steep ascent to the summit of Stob Dearg (1,022m), then an equally steep descent to the valley. 

HighlightBuachaille Etive Mor, its name meaning ‘The Big Herdsman of Etive’, is the towering peak that guards the eastern entrance to Glen Coe. 

 

Option 3 - Buachaille Etive Mor

 

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Ascent: 3,200 feet (980m) 

In SummaryAscend steeply from Glen Coe up a rocky path through Coire Altruim onto Buachaille Etive Mor. We'll then follow the undulating ridge to the summit of Stob Dearg then descend and follow the valley to the Kingshouse inn. 

HighlightFrom the top there's a an eagle’s eye view over Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe stretching out beneath. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Alltshellach

Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is a picture of Highland solidity, with spectacular views of craggy mountains and grassy slopes beyond the loch. This pocket of domesticity lets you admire nature at your leisure though, sipping tea or G&T as you watch clouds scud across the sky. In fact, this one-time home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles has been recast as a hiker’s hotel, with an air of old-world splendour, excellent accommodation, a generous indoor pool, three lounges and a supremely cosy Highland Bar that’s well-stocked with local beer and whiskey, all of which is (almost) enough to distract you from the vast vistas over the waters. But it’s the great outdoors you’re here for and the house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Three lounges
  • Multi-purpose ballroom
  • Highland bar
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms 
  • Range of board games and books
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Extensive gardens with views and access to Loch Leven

Dining

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
  • Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
  • A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

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

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

There are 38 comfortable bedrooms, all in the main house, with a range of ‘Good’, ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ options to choose from. Rooms radiate cosiness thanks to little touches – a remedy for even the dreichest day. Those with a view are worth the extra spend, as you’ll be overlooking the gardens and loch. The Best rooms include Room 21, a spacious corner room with lovely views of Loch Leven, while Room 23 is a stately showstopper that was once the official Bishop’s bedroom, complete with original features and cracking views.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive gardens, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Stroll the gardens that dip down to the loch. The small peninsula at the bottom of the lawns is called An Dunan and often becomes an island at high tide – look for prehistoric rock art cut into the slabs on its side. Make time too to plunge into the heated indoor swimming pool and do a couple of lengths under the watchful eye of the mountains through the panoramic windows. Inside the house, head for one of the communal areas: you’ll have three to choose from and can kick back, relax and catch up with other guests. Later, stop in the Highland Bar for a nip of whiskey or a nightcap – the comfy seats make a fine spot for a dram and there’s a range of good single malts to choose from that’ll have you believing you’re living a laird’s life.

Food & Drink

As at all of our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Alltschellach is full of Scottish flavours and focusses on locally sourced and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when you might be treated to Cullen Skink Soup and a trio of smoked salmon, mackerel pate and steamed mussels with Highland oat cakes, while mains may include Highland game and ‘Barlotto’, a type of nutty risotto made from barley instead of rice. Finish off with a spoonful of Iron Brew Ice, chocolate and marmalade mouse and Atholl brose, a luxurious blend of honey, whisky and carefully selected herbs for a flavour of the Highlands.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start/ End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
17 Apr / 24 Apr 2019 Itinerary £829 £679 Save £150 Per Person Book Now
21 Apr / 24 Apr 2019 Itinerary £385 Available Book Now
24 Oct / 31 Oct 2019 Itinerary £829 £679 Save £150 Per Person Book Now
28 Oct / 31 Oct 2019 Itinerary £385 £325 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Solos Holidays
Walking Grade:
2

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