Scottish Highlands through a Lens Festive Break

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Interests: Photography Holidays
Type: Festive Breaks

Glen Coe is one of the most beautiful places on Earth with a photo opportunity around every corner. You’ll explore around Loch Leven, finding spots to make the most of both the natural and built environment. With stunning mountains, glens and lochs, nature is at the heart of this holiday although there are a few castles to provide a different focal point too. Rivers and waterfalls allow you to experiment with different shutter speeds to produce either sharp or blurred effects. Winter may bring a dusting of snow on the mountain tops to add a different slant to the natural beauty.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light compositions
  • Be guided and encouraged by your professional HF Holidays Leader
  • Visit the most inspirational vistas that surround the country house

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All essential transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other modes of transport (e.g. boat)
  • All admissions costs, if applicable, on your holiday

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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, 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.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

There are 38 comfortable bedrooms, all in the main house, with a range of Classic, Premium and Superior room 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 Superior 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior' 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. Food at Alltshellach is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Alltshellach

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Getting to Alltshellach

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Essential Information

  • Camera and a selection of lenses if you have them (e.g. wide-angle, telephoto, macro, etc.)
  • Spare battery and charger
  • Your camera's instruction manual
  • Laptop for reviewing, editing and sharing photos (not essential but good to have!)

Other optional camera kit may include tripods, Neutral Density filters, waterproof coverings for your camera, a spare memory card or a laptop for reviewing and editing images. Please feel free to bring any other items you use which are additional to this list. 

You will be outdoors for the majority of this holiday, walking up to five miles each day (with some ascent and descent) carrying your kit. Please be sure to bring suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy boots and waterproofs to contend with our changeable British weather!

Martin Kitching

Martin is the Director and Senior Guide at Northern Experience Wildlife Tours (NEWT) and a Director of Astroventures.  Fascinated by everything in the world around him since a very young age, Martin divides his time between leading wildlife, landscape and photography day tours, workshops and package holidays for NEWT, delivering sessions on a range of astronomy topics for Astroventures and coordinating the groundbreaking North East Cetacean Project, which has extended and refined our knowledge and understanding of whales and dolphins off the Northumberland coast.  Martin’s astrophotography concentrates on widefield nightscapes, the Milky Way and aurora.  In his ‘spare time’ Martin is a British Cycling Level 2 Road and Time Trial coach. 

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Interests:
Photography Holidays
Type:
Festive Breaks

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