Scottish Highlands Munro Bagging Holiday I

Highland hills in Glen Etive
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Adventure Walks
Walking Grade: 6
from £899pp

Bag some of Scotland’s finest mountain tops on our specially devised Munro-bagging holiday. Munros are Scottish Mountains over 3,000ft high, and this stunning selection has been chosen for you by two experienced HF Holidays' leaders – Pete Thomasson and Steve Thurgood. They know these mountains well and they’ve chosen a fantastic variety of routes which offer you the opportunity to bag Munro summits that aren’t within our usual Guided Walking programme. All routes are within an hour's travel of the comforts of our Country House at Glen Coe. From the summits of these majestic giants, we can enjoy different perspectives of Scotland's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, as well as much of the Central Highlands.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Pete and Steve’s favourite routes through this stunning mountain scenery
  • Bag ten Munros in one holiday, including three on a high level route on Creag Meagaidh
  • Traverse quieter Beinn Sgulaird with its views west to Mull and beyond
  • Explore the dramatic glens and coastal paths seeking out the best viewpoints.
  • Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning landscape to life.

What’s included

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus evening activities
  • Great walking: challenge yourself to bagging some of Scotland’s finest Munros, in the company of our experienced leaders
  • Accommodation: our Country House is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area, a drying room for your boots and kit, an indoor swimming pool, and comfortable en-suite rooms 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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.


Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total Ascent: 4,060 feet (1,230m)

Beinn Sgulaird provides a good start to the holiday with fine coastal views of Appin. We start at Elleric following a good track until we join the ridge and continue to Stob Gaibhre on trackless terrain. We follow the ridge with rocky outcrops to Beinn Sgulaird. We then head over Meall Garbh and another top before descending to a col and continuing down to Druimvuic.

 

 


Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total Ascent: 4,200 feet (1,280m)

Stob Ghabhar and Stob a Choire Odhair provide a fine walk across stony peaks and desolate corries with great views in all directions. We start at Victoria Bridge in Glen Orchy and climb a path alongside the Allt Toaig eventually heading onto Stob Ghabhar. From there we follow the ridge, Sron Giubhas, until a gap in the cliffs allows us to descend into Coirein Lochain. From there we continue to Stob a Choire Odhair before rejoining our outward path.

 


Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total Ascent: 4,490 feet (1,370m)

These two Munros are at the higher, eastern end of the Mamores and offer excellent views of the rest of the Mamore Ridge, the mountains around Glencoe and the Ben Nevis range. We start and finish in Kinlochleven. We follow stalkers' paths that rise steadily to just below Sgurr Eilde Beag. After a steep section, it is ridge walking to Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean. We then descend via another stalkers path to Kinlochleven.

 



Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total Ascent: 4,130 feet (1,260m)

Creag Meagaidh provides straightforward walking along the rim of a deep mountain cirque, traversing three Munros and six other tops. We start at Aberarder car park and walk into the corrie on a good path. We'll then soon ascend along a narrow path at first then onto open hillside to reach Carn Liath. Heading west we go over a number of tops to Stob Poite Coire Ardair. Along the walk there are great views to the famous winter climbing cliffs. We go down to the Window then ascend to our final Munro - Creag Meagaidh. We cross three more tops before heading back to the start.


Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total Ascent: 4,560 feet (1,390m)

These two mountains are the 7th and 8th highest in Scotland respectively. They form a long ridge that separates Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg from the Grey Corries ridge so they offer excellent views of both. We start at the head of Glen Nevis and walk through breathtaking scenery to Steall. From there it is a long steady climb to the summit of Sgurr a Bhuic, which should offer good views of upper and lower Glen Nevis. We continue to Aonach Beag and on to Aonach Mor. It is now a steady descent to the top station of the Gondola, at which point we can decide whether or not to walk down or catch a ride to the valley below.

 


Enjoy a final 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 whisky, 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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 and larger televisions – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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 (currently closed) 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 whisky 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 Alltshellach 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.

Accessibility

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Getting to Alltshellach

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
16 Oct - 23 Oct
7 Adventure Walk £899 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Adventure Walks
Walking Grade:
6

7 nights from £899pp

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