Outdoor Escapes at Glen Coe

Guided Walking for guests escaping the working day

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  • Rural peace
  • Wildlife

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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

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Our Outdoor Escapes are an ideal way to end the working week. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with people on the same wavelength as you. The dramatic landscapes of the Highlands offer spectacular scenery – magnificent peaks, ridges, and  stunning seascapes. Our Outdoor Escapes holiday at Glen Coe offer opportunities to climb many Munros (peaks over 3,000 feet).

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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. 

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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 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

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.

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.

 

Sunday: Nevis Gorge, or above Loch Leven

Option 1: Steall Falls

Steall Falls waterfalls

Distance: 7 miles (11½ km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through the Nevis Gorge below the towering Ben Nevis. Our route meanders through the wooded gorge where the torrent churns between giant boulders, to emerge into the wide vistas of the Steall Meadow.

Don’t miss: The magnificent An Steall waterfall is the third highest cascade in Britain.

Option 2: Above Loch Leven

Red Deer stag

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the northern shore of Loch Leven to the village of Kinlochleven. We'll take a steep path up the hilllside, then contour behind Mam na Gualainn to join the West Hiighland Way.

Don’t miss: Follow the West Highland Way, Scotland's premier long distance path, along part of General Wade's 18th Century military road.

Option 3: Mam na Gualainn

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 provides a good warm up for the bigger peaks later in the holiday.

 

Monday: Lismore and the hills beyond Ballachulish

Option 1: Lismore

Lismore lighthouse

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Take the ferry to Lismore for an exploration of this tranquil island. We'll visit the picturesque old fishing village of Port Ramsay, a Pictish Broch and the ruins of Castle Coeffin.

Don’t miss: This is a day of far reaching sea views as we gaze out across Loch Linnhe towards the mountains of Glen Coe and the Isle of Mull. Easy gradients and lots of interest make this our most popular low-level walks. 

Option 2: Sgorr Dhearg

Loch Leven

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 3,900 feet (1,180m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the southern shore of Loch Leven up through forestry tracks and rougher ground to reach the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dhearg. We return down through forestry tracks, and over the Ballachulish Bridge.

Don’t miss: Sgorr Dhearg is the first 'Munro' summit of the holiday (a mountain over 3,000ft) and has a breathtaking view over Loch Leven.

Option 3: Sgorr Dhonuill

View from the summit of Sgorr Dhearg

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 3,850 feet (1,160m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend on forestry tracks through the up a steep stony gully onto the main Beinn a’Bheithir ridge which is followed eastwards to the summit of Sgorr Dhonuill (1,001m).

Don’t miss: Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill are  the twin peaks visible from Alltshellach. At the end of your walk you can relax in the pool at Alltshellach and gaze upward at where you have climbed.

 

Tuesday: Glen Coe

Option 1: Glen Coe

Glen Coe

Distance: 8 miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover Glen Coe's turbulant history and connections to the Clan MacDonald. We'll follow woodland paths to the scenic Hospital Lochan then descend to the Clachaig Inn in Glen Coe.

Don’t miss: Celebrate the completion of your walk at the Clachaig Inn, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. Nearby Signal Rock was the gathering point for the MacDonalds of Glen Coe at times of emergency.

Option 2: Devil's Staircase

Mountain valley of Glen Coe

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the ridge of mountains along the north side of Glen Coe. After a steep ascent to the summit of Sron Garbh we'll follow the long undulating ridge to Stob Mhic Mhartuin, then descend the zig-zags of the Devil’s Staircase to the Kingshouse inn. 

Don’t miss: Experience the immense U-shaped valley of Glen Coe and discover the history of the famous massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692.

Option 3: Bidean nam Bian

Bidean nam Bean

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 3,800 feet (1,160m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Glen Coe through Coire nan Lochan to the twin summits of Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean nam Bian - the highest peak in Argyll. We descend through another of Bidean’s magnificent corries back into Glen Coe. 

Don’t miss: Bidean is the dominant peak on the Glen Coe skyline. Its a magificent mountain with a real sense of achievement when you reach the summit.

 

Wednesday: A day to explore independently

There's plenty to enjoy locally. You may enjoy one of these options, or see the other suggestions on the 'local area' tab.

The Jacobite

Steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct

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.

Ice Factor

Two ice climbers at the Ice Factor

Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven.

Self-guided walks

Discovery Point with self-guided route notes

Our Discovery Point at Alltshellach contains a wealth of recommended walking routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

 

Thursday: Ardgour - Strontian and Garbh Bheinn

Option 1: Around Strontian

View across Loch Sunart to Strontian

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (250m)

The walk in a nutshell: Take the Corran Ferry across Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Peninsula. We'll follow the river from the village of Strontian towards the long-abandoned Bellsgrove lead mines, then return through the Ariundle Nature Reserve.

Don’t miss: The nature reserve is home to squirrels, pine martens and wild cats - though you'll need a lot of luck to see these elusive creatures.

Option 2: Hills above Strontian

Three walkers climbing a mountain

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend on an ancient ‘coffin route’ to Bealach nan Cairn, then follow the ridge eastwards to Meall Iain,. Later we descend through the old workings of the Whitesmith Mine back to the Strontian valley. 

Don’t miss: An opportunity to walk amidst the tranquil mountains of the Ardgour Penisula. On a clear day there are great views north over Loch Shiel, and south over Loch Sunart.

Option 3: Garbh Bheinn

Group of mountain walkers

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the fine west ridge from Glen Tarbert onto the 'Corbett' summit (a peak over 2,500ft high) of Garbh Bheinn.

Don’t miss: Garbh Bheinn, meaning 'rough mountain' is an apt name for this rugged peak. Look our for the Great Ridge,first ascended by J H Bell and W Brown in 1897, and now regarded as a classic rock climb.

 

Friday: The Mamores

Option 1: Below Ben Nevis

View to Ben Nevis

Distance: 8 miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the ‘North Face path’ through forestry to reach a viewpoint with magnificent views across to the North-east face of Ben Nevis. We then continue past the the Glen Nevis Distillery and Inverlochy Castle into Fort William.

Don’t miss: Gaze upwards towards the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, and see the mighty cliffs of the North Face.

Option 2: Mamores Traverse

Walker above Glen Nevis

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 3,350 feet (1,020m)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the Mamores mountains from Glen Nevis to Kinlochleven. Our highest point is the summit of Sgurr an Iubhair, on the famous Ring of Steall.

Don’t miss: With 14 Munro summits, the rugged Mamore ridge contains some of Scotland's finest mountain walking. You can look out along the narrow 'Devil's Ridge' that connects the peaks of Sgurr an Iubhair and Sgurr a’Mhaim.

Option 3: Stob Ban

View from the rocky summit of Stob Ban

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 4,100 feet (1,240m)

The walk in a nutshell: A challenging traverse over the mighty Mamore mountains. We'll ascend steeply on the northern spur to the airy summit of Stob Ban then follow the ridge to the neighbouring summit of Sgurr an Iubhair.

Don’t miss: Stob Ban, meaning 'White Peak' takes its name from the quartzite rocks on the summit. The terrain is rough underfoot, but there are also great rewards when you reach the top of this notable peak.

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 £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.

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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