Scottish Highlands Outdoor Escapes Holidays

Exhilarating weekends and holidays - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains

Level

  • 2
  • 5
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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 £325.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Outdoor Escapes offer exhilarating weekends and active holidays; ideal if you want to make the most of your time away from work.

Your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. There's a choice of three walks each day including challenging mountain walks for those who want to aim high. If you prefer to take things easy, our shorter walks allow plenty of time to see wildlife, stop at the pub, or explore the key sights. 

Once the activity is over, relax at our 4-star country house with a delicious meal and glass of wine with other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.

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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

Experience the very best of the Lake District on our walks. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood.

For those of you staying for 7 nights, there will be a free day in the middle of the holiday - the perfect chance to head off and explore independently, or just kick back and relax.

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Outdoor Escapes at Glen Coe - 3 night breaks

Available on: 25 May 2019, 21 Aug 2019

Exterior of Alltshellach country houseDay 1: Arrival Day

Join us at our Alltshellach Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll down to the shores of Loch Leven to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.

 

Day 2: Lismore, Sgorr Dhearg & Ben Starav

Enjoy the choice of 3 guided walks which showcase the stunning Highland scenery. The island of Lismore is a firm favourite, whilst the summits of Sgorr Dhearg and Ben Strarav are two impressive local peaks.

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.

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. It's then back down through forestry tracks, and over the Ballachulish Bridge.

Don’t miss: Bag your first 'Munro' - Sgorr Dhearg is our first 'Munro' (a mountain over 3,000ft) of the holiday.

Option 3: Ben Starav

Walker above Glen Nevis

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 4,050 feet (1,240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Lying above the shores of Loch Etive, the challenge of Ben Starav is a worthy one. This magnificent mountain walk is a classic adventure day, one of the best in the Western Highlands.

Don’t miss: The chance to tick off another Munro! See how many summits you can spot from the top - Ben Nevis, Ben More, Ben Lui and many more.

 

Day 3: Glen Coe

The dramatic valley of Glen Coe is the base for today's walks. Experience Scotland's turbulent history, and towering mountains.

Option 1: Historic Glen Coe

Hospital lochan

Distance: 5 miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: We're in the company of a NTS Ranger this morning, sharing the stories and histories of Glen Coe as wander around Glen Coe Lochan, before heading to the famous Clachaig Inn.

Don’t miss: If you've still plenty of energyextend your walk to Signal Rock - the gathering point for the MacDonalds of Glen Coe at times of emergency.

Option 2: Sron Garbh

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 down to Kinlochleven. 

Don’t miss: A well deserved pint or two in the pub at Kinlochleven.

Option 3: Bidean nam Bian

that on top of the world feeling

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: a real sense of achievement when you reach the summit.

 

Day 4: Departure Day

Time to head home. If you've still time or energy to explore further then why not borrow one of our self-guided route cards from our Discovery Point, and enjoy a further walk independently.

 


Outdoor Escapes at Glen Coe - 4 night breaks

Available on: 17 Aug 2019

Exterior of Alltshellach country houseDay 1: Arrival Day

Join us at our Alltshellach Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll down to the shores of Loch Leven to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures ahead.

 

Day 3: Ardgour

Enjoy the choice of 3 guided walks. We'll take the Corran Ferry across Loch Linnhe to discover the Ardgour Peninsula.

Option 1: Inchree & Ardgour

The Corran ferry

Distance: total 8½ miles (13½ km) - in two walks.

Total ascent: Total 1,250 feet (380m) between the two walks.

The walk in a nutshell: We've two short walks today. Either join one or both, or use our transport and try some of the activites at the Inchree Activity Centre* (*payable locally). Our first walk explores Inchree's spectacular waterfalls, we then cross to Ardgour for a woodland walk. 

Don’t miss: The chance to spot red squirrels.

Option 2: Maclean’s Towel

Mountains of Ardgour and Loch Linnhe

Distance: 6 miles (10km)   

Total ascent: 2,450 feet (760m)

The walk in a nutshell: Hop on the Corran ferry to the Ardgour Peninsula, then climb up 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. Great views over the immense Loch Linnhe, with the mountains of Glen Coe beyond.

Option 3: Garbh Bheinn

Three walkers climbing a mountain

Distance: 6½ 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 out for the Great Ridge, first ascended by J H Bell and W Brown in 1897, and now regarded as a classic rock climb.

 

Day 3: Nevis Gorge, the Gondola & Stob Ban

Three outstanding walks in the shadow of Ben Nevis.

Option 1: Steall Falls & whisky

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 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: Magnificent An Steall waterfall is the third highest cascade in Britain. It's then the Nevis Distillery* for a tour and some tasting of a wee dram to two (*payable locally).

Option 2: The Mountain Gondola

Red Deer stag

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

The walk in a nutshell: The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola carries us effortlessly up to the north face of Aonach Mor, the eighth highest mountain in Britain. We head onto the summit plateau to explore.

Don’t miss: Plenty of choices today - after the gondola ride, either kick back and relax, enjoy the views from the cafe, hire a mountain bike and explore, or stretch you legs and head to the summit plateau with our guided walk.

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, but there are great rewards when you reach the peak.

 

Day 4: Glenfinnan & Ben Nevis

Discover two of the Highland's most famous landmarks: the curved Glenfinnan Viaduct and the towering summit of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

Option 1: Glenfinnan & Loch Sheil

Steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Distance: 5 miles (8km) in total between 2 walks

Total ascent: very little

The walk in a nutshell: A couple of cracking short walks today - explore the beautiful Silver Sands of Morar, before a chance to stretch your legs for a fantastic photo opportunity at the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct (think Harry Potter!).

Don’t miss: A cruise on Loch Sheil too. Discover its historic connections to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the wildlife as well.

Option 2: Ben Nevis

View to Ben Nevis

Distance: 10 miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 4,500 feet (1,380m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our objective today is the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Starting from Glen Nevis we follow the Pony Track which zig-zags up to the summit plateau. We return by the same route.

Don’t miss: The satisfaction on reaching the top, of momentarily becoming the highest person in Britain.

Option 3: Ben Nevis horseshoe

Walkers celebrating

Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Total ascent: 4,850 feet (1,480m)

The walk in a nutshell: One of Scotland's ultimate adventures - the Ben Nevis Horseshoe, by the Carn Mor Dearg arete. This has to be the finest route up the Ben, but it's only for the fittest. You need a head for heights and will face some scrambling & narrow ridges.

Don’t miss: The chance to get plenty of photos as evidence! This adventure definitely earns you bragging rights!

 

Day 5: Departure Day

Time to head home. If you've still time or energy to explore further then why not borrow one of our self-guided route cards from our Discovery Point, and enjoy a further walk independently.

 

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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25 May 2019 LLBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Glen Coe 3 £375.00 £325.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
17 Aug 2019 LLBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Glen Coe 4 £529.00 £454.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
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21 Aug 2019 LLBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Glen Coe 3 £375.00 £325.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now

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