Scottish Highlands Munro Bagging Holiday III

hikers on top of the mountain enjoying view, Highlands, Scotland
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Adventure Walks
Walking Grade: 6

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 experienced HF Holidays' leaders. This holiday offers you the opportunity to bag Munro tops that aren’t within our usual Guided Walking programme, and was devised after the success of our Munro Bagging I and Munro Bagging II itineraries.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover our leaders’ favourite routes through this stunning mountain scenery
  • Bag nine Munros in one holiday
  • Summit two of the Mamores
  • The classic walk: Ben More and Stob Binnein
  • Complete a traverse from Elleric to Ballachulish over two Munros

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

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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: 8 miles (13km)

Total Ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)

These two Munros lie high above the eastern shores of Loch Treig and form a single ridge, high above Lochan Coire an Lochain. We will follow this over the two summits, starting and finishing in Fersit. The walk offers excellent views east to Ben Alder and south across the desolate Rannoch Moor. A great start to the week!

 


Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total Ascent: 4,600 feet (1,400m) 

These huge mountains dominate the skyline above Crianlarich and offer unrivalled views across The Trossachs and out towards Ben Lawers and Loch Tay. We start at Ben More farm and climb ever upwards until we finally reach the summit of the magnificent Ben More with views of Ben Nevis and the Cairngorms on a clear day. We then descend to the col and up to the top of the cone that is Stob Binnein. Retracing our steps to the col, we descend into the glen below and follow a track back to our starting point. If time allows we can then follow the old railway line to a hotel for refreshments.

 


Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total Ascent: 3,800 feet (1150m)

Ben Starav dominates the skyline above the head of Loch Etive and offers fine views across Glencoe as well as out to sea. We start in Glen Etive and ascend the north ridge of Ben Starav. As we climb up and up, we can look down on Scots Pine, Holly and Birch trees. In the distance more and more mountains and ridges should come into view until we finally reach the summit. We cross the three tops of Ben Starav and a dramatic arête of granite and quartzite before following a good path down into the valley.

 



Distance: 11 miles (17km)

Total Ascent: 4,900 feet (1,500m)

Normally, it is difficult to do both of these Munros in a day because you’d need to start and finish in the same place but we can make a through trip, starting in Elleric and finishing in South Ballachulish. It’s a steady, grassy ascent to the summit of Beinn Fhionnlaidh. From here, on a good day, you can see out to the islands of Mull and Colonsay. We continue along the ridge before heading north, down to the col and back up onto Sgor na h-Ulaidh (The Peak of Treasure!). Probably the least well-known peak in Glencoe, Sgor na h-Ulaidh offers you a completely different view of Bidean nam Bian and the Aonach Eagach. We then descend into Gleann Leac na Muidhe and follow this into South Ballachulish.

 


Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total Ascent: 4,300 feet (1,300m)

Situated in the centre of the Mamores, ascending these two mountains gives us a close-up view of both ends of this splendid ridge. It also has excellent views of Ben Nevis as well as the mountains around Glencoe - weather dependent. We start at Kinlochleven and climb steadily up through Coire na Ba to reach the main ridge. We then turn left and ascend a broad grassy ridge to the summit of Stob Coire a’ Chairn. We carry on, descending along the ridge, and then ascending the rocky ridge of Am Bodach. We descend to the next col and follow a delightful path back to our starting point in time for a well-earned drink.


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

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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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

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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Adventure Walks
Walking Grade:
6

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