Munro Bagging at Glen Coe

Code: LLMNB

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Challenger
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Difficulty indicator

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.

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Holiday overview

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 tops 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

Great reasons to join us

  • 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 

Accommodation


HF Holidays' Alltshellach in Glen Coe, Scotland

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. 

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• 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
Family Rooms
• 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

Facilities

• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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

An example of Glen Coe evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


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.

Itinerary

This itinerary may be subject to change, depending on walking conditions during the week.

Saturday: arrival day

Sunday: Beinn Sgulaird

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. We follow the ridge with rocky outcrops to Beinn Sgulaird. We then head over Meall Garbh and top 863m before decending to a col and continuing down to Druimvuic. 7.5 miles (12 km) with 3,740 ft (1,150m) of ascent.

Monday: Stob Ghabhar & Stob Coire Odhair

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 having passed the Inveroran Hotel (hopefully our finish point for a beer). We climb a path alongside the Allt Toaig eventually heading onto Stob Ghabhar. From there we go up to top 976m, then follow the ridge Sron Giubhas until a gap in the cliffs allows us to descend into Coiren Lochan. From there we continue to Stob a Choire Odhair before rejoining our outward path and heading to the pub for a well earned pint. 12 miles (19.5km) with 4,100 ft (1,250m) of ascent.

Tuesday: Binean Mor and Na Gruagaichean

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 Binean Mor and Na Gruagaichean. We then descend via another stalkers path to Kinlochleven. 9.5 miles (15km) with 4,600 ft (1,400m) of ascent.

Thursday: Carn Liath, Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Creag Meagaidh

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 coire on a good path. Soon we 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. 13.5 miles (21.5 km) with 4,000ft (1,200m) of ascent.

Friday: Traverse of Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor

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. From here it is 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. 10 miles (16km) with 5,000 ft (1,500m) of ascent.

Saturday: depart after breakfast

The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in your holiday price.

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).

Pendolino train at speed 

 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

 easyJet flight

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 £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.

 Coach heading to Glen Coe

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.

 

City Link coach

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.

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Pete Thomasson

Pete is leading the 27 May (Munnro Bagging I) holiday and the 16 September (Munro Bagging II) holiday. He has led walks for HF Holidays off and on since the 1980’s. He enjoys walking in the Alps and has walked extensively in Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands. He is a qualified Mountain Leader. Pete retired in 2015 from his job in IT, having previously worked in education and printing. He has been learning German and Italian and is looking forward to spending more time outdoors, walking in the mountains and leading holidays with HFH in both Britain and Europe.

 

Steve Thurgood

Steve is leading the 8 July holiday departure. He has been a leader for HF Holidays since 2009. He has a passion for leading at all the mountain houses but his favourite is our Country House at Glen Coe. He has walked in most parts of Scotland over the past thirty years as well as climbing some of the easier routes like Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis.

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Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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