Scottish Highlands Outdoor Escapes holidays
Exhilarating weekends and holidays - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose
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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.
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).
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
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
|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.
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.
- 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
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.
Tuesday: Lismore, Sgorr Dhearg & Ben Starav
Option 1: Lismore
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
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: Ben Starav
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 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!, and take in the mountain panoramas that surround you - see if you can spot Ben Nevis, Ben More, Ben Lui and many more.
Wednesday: Glen Coe
Option 1: Historic Glen Coe
Distance: 5 miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: We're in the company of one of the NTS Rangers this morning, sharing the stories and histories of Glen Coe as we wind our way along the scenic trails up to and around Glen Coe Lochan, before we head to the well known walkers bar at the Clachaig Inn.
Don’t miss: The chance to extend your walk to Signal Rock, if you've the extra energy - this was the gathering point for the MacDonalds of Glen Coe at times of emergency.
Option 2: Sron Garbh
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 when you reach Kinlochleven.
Option 3: Bidean nam Bian
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.
Thursday: Glenfinnan & Ben Nevis
Option 1: Morar, Glenfinnan & Loch Sheil
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 - exploring the beautiful beaches and Silver Sands of Morar, plus a chance to stretch your legs for a fantastic photo opportunity at the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct (think Harry Potter!).
Don’t miss: We've a cruise on Loch Sheil too, to discover its historic connections to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the wildlife as well.
Option 2: 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: This is a big walk with lots of ascent, however there's great satisfaction in reaching the top and momentarily becoming the highest person in Britain.
Option 3: Garbh Bheinn
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: This one really earns you bragging rights - don't miss the chance to get plenty of photos as evidence!
Friday: Nevis Gorge, the Mountain Gondola & Stob Bahn
Option 1: Steall Falls & whisky
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. After this we head to the Nevis Distillery for a tour and some tasting of a wee dram to two.
Option 2: The Mountain Gondola
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, and enjoy breath-taking views of the Great Glen, Ben Nevis, and out to the Inner Hebrides.
Don’t miss: Plenty of choices today - after the gondola ride, either kick back and relax, enjoying the views from the cafe, hire a mountain bike and explore independently, or stretch you legs a little and head to the summit plateau with our guided walk.
Option 3: 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.
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:
Jacobite 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
Isle 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.
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
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
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven. www.ice-factor.co.uk
Travel to Glen Coe
Our address is: Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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|10 Sep 2018||LLBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Glen Coe||5||£625.00||£525.00||Book Now|
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