Scottish Highlands Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Join other Solo travellers for guided walks in the Scottish Highlands

Code: LLBOS

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  • Rural peace
  • Wildlife

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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £494.00 - 5 nights

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Holiday overview

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.

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Accommodation

Glen Coe awards

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. 

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

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

An example of Glen Coe evening mealAll 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

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.

Accessibility

More details on Glen Coe accessibility

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

Discover the Scottish Highlands on Foot

Discover the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands on our guided walks. We offer the opportunity to climb famous summits, with many 'Munros' (mountains over 3,000ft) on our itinerary. Alternatively explore the dramatic valleys and coastal paths seeking out the best viewpoints. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning ladscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Alltshellach.

April 2019

Tuesday: Remote Ardgour

Option 1: Across the Corran Ferry

The Corran ferry

Distance: 8½ miles (13½ km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: A 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.

Don’t miss: See 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

Near the Corran ferry

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 2,450 feet (760m)

The walk in a nutshell: Crossing 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.

Don’t miss: An 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

Leader

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross 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.

Don’t miss: At just over 700 metres high, Sgurr na h-Eanchainne provides a good warm-up for higher peaks visited later in the holiday.

Wednesday: Kentallen Peninsula & The hills around Loch Leven

Option 1: Kentallen Peninsula

Seal perched on a rock

Distance: 8 miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: A 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.

Don’t miss: The 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

Loch Leven and Sgorr Dhonuill

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km) 

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.  

Don’t miss: Sgorr 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

View from the top of Sgorr Dhearg

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 4,300 feet (1,300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Climb the two Munros of Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill, 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.

Don’t miss: Choose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with an inspiring mountain panorama.

Thursday: Hills and tracks around Kinlochleven

Option 1: Loch Eilde Mor

Grey Mare's Tail waterfall

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (520m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover 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.

Don’t miss: Loch Eilde Mor is a beautiful mountain lake set among the wilderness below the Mamore mountains.

Option 2: Beinn na Caillich

View over Loch Leven

Distance: 8 miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow 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.

Don’t miss: The 'Corbett' summit of Mam na Gualainn commands a fine view over Loch Leven and towering mountains of Glen Coe.

Option 3: Na Gruagaichean

Summit of Binnein Mor

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 3,800 feet (1,160m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend 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.

Don’t miss: With 14 Munro summits, the rugged Mamore ridge contains some of Scotland's finest mountain walking. 

Friday: Mountains of Glen Coe

Option 1: Glen Etive to Glen Coe

Entrance to Glen Coe

Distance: 8 miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.

Don’t miss: A 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

View from Buachaille Etive Beag

Distance: 7 miles (11½km) 

Total ascent: 2,950 feet (900m)

The walk in a nutshell: Climb to the top of one of Scotlands'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.

Don’t miss: Buachaille 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 

Buachaille Etive Beag

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend 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.

Don’t miss: From the top there's a an eagle’s eye view over Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe stretching out beneath.

Image 1 credit Visit Britain/Visit Scotland, Image 3 credit James McSporran

Local area

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:

 

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

Travel to Glen Coe

Our address is: 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).

 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

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 £30 return and £20 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved at least 7 days 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.

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.

 

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.

Travel by plane

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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