Walking with Sightseeing at Glen Coe

Scotland

Code: LLWOD

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • History
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
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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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From £309.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Enjoy full days exploring the Scottish Highlands, combining guided walks of up to 5 miles with plenty of time for sightseeing.

Holiday highlights

  • Ride hide into the mountains on the Gondola for fabulous views of Ben Nevis
  • Explore Glenfinnan and its famous viaduct
  • Visit Dunstaffnage Castle and the Ben Nevis Distillery
  • Discovery the stories and histories of Glencoe and enjoy a drink in the Clachaig
  • Walk in the Achnacarry Estate, visit the Cameron Museum and walk along the Caledonian Canal

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Walks & Visits: enjoy he perfect mix of guided walks and sightseeing visits with a knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: a magnificent lochside location with outstanding mountain views and superb indoor pool
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

Accommodation

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Alltshellach is a fine Highland residence, situated on the dramatic shores of Loch Leven. With magnificent mountain views, excellent accommodation and a superb indoor pool, it is extremely popular with all outdoor enthusiasts.

Bedrooms
Alltshellach has 37 bedrooms, all located in the main building. Many of the rooms enjoy excellent views of the loch and the surrounding mountains.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

There are three lounges, one of which was once a chapel when the house was lived in by the Bishop of Argyll. The multi-purpose ballroom can either be used for dancing, as a painting studio, or as a games room with table tennis. Our Highland bar is always well-stocked with whisky and local beer and there is always a social buzz after a hard day on the hills. Free Wifi is available in some public rooms.  There is also a range of board games and books.

The heated indoor swimming pool and spa, including changing rooms and swim jet, is also very popular with our guests.

Alltshellach is surrounded by extensive gardens that slope down to the shores of Loch Leven.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full Scottish breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.    

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).    

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk from a representative of the National Trust for Scotland or the John Muir Trust. You could relax in our lounges, have a whisky from the well-stocked bar, or you may even be entertained by a Scottish piper.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • There is ample free car parking available at the house
  • The surface of the car park is level, gravel in the car park with tarmac in front of the entrance
  • It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
  • Assistance can be provided with luggage

Main entrance

  • There are two steps at the main entrance (10cm and 6cm high)
  • The front door can open double to 145cm wide
  • There is a permanent wheelchair ramp into the new west wing. The width of the ramp is 135cm and it leads to a 90cm wide door. Having gained access via the ramp, all facilities are available without encountering any steps
  • The floor surface is short pile carpet
  • There is no lift

Public areas – hall, stairs, corridors etc

  • All public areas are carpeted
  • The minimum corridor width is 150cm. The main staircase is carpeted and 6ft wide
  • There are eight bedrooms on the ground floor (four doubles, three twins and one twin specially adapted for wheelchair users)

Public Rooms – lounges / conservatory

  • Various public rooms, all on the ground floor
  • West wing lounge, which measures approximately 5m x 14m, has a variety of sofas, chairs and coffee tables. Wide doors (173cm) leading to the pool and patio. Door leading to the chapel / main lounge is 130cm wide
  • The small lounge has sofas and armchairs
  • Ballroom has two access doors (100cm and 148cm wide). Doors to the patio are 110cm wide

Public WCs

  • The unisex toilet on the ground floor is next to the bar. Access is via two steps (14cm high), door width 36 inches
  • Wash basin height 85cm
  • There are two additional toilets (one male, one female) in the swimming pool changing rooms

Dining room & bar

  • Dining room is on the ground floor with a combination of round and square tables, all 71cm high, each seating eight to ten diners
  • Seats are without arms, 46cm high, with 56cm high backs
  • Waitress service at all meals
  • Bar area consists of two high tables and ten bar stools, two access doors, 130cm and 110cm wide
  • During dinner, bar drinks and wines available to order in the dining room

Leisure Facilities

  • Indoor swimming pool and spa pool located in the west wing, access from the west wing corridor
  • Flooring is a mixture of tiled and compressed rubber
  • Within the pool area, there are two alarms, first aid post, a rescue hook and a life buoy
  • The size of the pool is 6 x 12m
  • A 40cm step to gain access to the spa pool

Bedrooms

  • All the bedrooms are en-suite
  • The bedrooms are a mixture of singles, twins and doubles
  • All rooms are en-suite

Room 26: (designed for wheelchair users)

  • On the ground floor of the west wing approx 15 m from permanent wheelchair ramp
  • Two single divan beds, both 60cm high
  • Available floor space beside the beds approx 3m x 4m
  • Door width 95cm
  • All furniture movable
  • Alarm call button by bed, sounds alarm and flashing light in the corridor and outside the manager’s office
  • Touch lamp bedside
  • Door width 92cm. Level entry
  • Bathroom area 195cm x 270cm (not incl shower area)
  • Level entry shower designed for wheelchair users, 115cm sq with support rail and lowered manual shower controls. Shower chair available
  • Toilet seat height 46cm, support rails on both sides
  • Support rails for wash basin. Taps are lever / turn
  • Pullcord alarm in the bathroom sounds an alarm and flashing light in the corridor outside the bedroom and manager’s office

Grounds and gardens

  • Six steep steps leading from patio to lawn and six shallow wide steps leading from another patio to the croquet lawn

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

Saturday: arrival day

Sunday: The Mountain Gondola and Ben Nevis distillery

The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola carries us effortlessly up to the north face of Aonach Mor, the eighth highest mountain in Britain. A short walk gives us breath-taking views of the Great Glen, Ben Nevis, and out to the Inner Hebrides, before we descend again and begin our walk from the ski centre, through the forests, to our day's finale - the Ben Nevis distillery. We've time to sample a wee dram or two, or to take a tour of the distillery. 4.5 miles (7km) with 250 feet (80m) of ascent and 550 feet (160m) of descent.

Monday: Glenfinnan and Loch Sheil

A photo stop at Loch Linnhe and then we're bound for Glenfinnan and its famous viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films. After exploring the station, we follow a trail that takes us up to a fantastic viewing point, hopefully in time to see the train cross the viaduct. 3 miles (5km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent. We then head down to the shores of Loch Sheil for a cruise to discover the history of Bonnie Prince Charlie, leaving time in the afternoon to visit the Glenfinnan Monument and to stretch our legs a little further, with a second short walk with superb views.

Tuesday: Glen Coe and Hospital Lochan

We start with an introduction to the area at the fabulous NTS Visitor Centre in Glen Coe with some excellent displays on the history of this famous valley. We then walk into Glencoe village and along to the scenic trails up to and around Glen Coe Lochan (Hospital Lochan), before continuing to the well renowned walkers bar at the Clachaig Inn. For anyone with extra energy, there's the option of extending the walk to Signal Rock too. 5 miles (8.5km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.

Wednesday: free day

Thursday: Dunstaffnage Castle and Oban
Today begins with a visit to Dunstaffnage Castle, dating from 1220 and inextricably linked with the struggles to control the western approaches. We enjoy a coastal walk across Ganavan Hill, with views out to Lismore, Mull and Kerrera, finishing in Oban – the acclaimed ‘Gateway to the Isles’ – where there will be plenty of time to explore, perhaps visiting the Oban Distillery or the War & Peace Museum. 4 miles (6.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.

Friday: Clan Cameron and the Caledonian Canal
Following the shores of Loch Lochy, we a walk along the Caledonian Canal, the route of the national trail - the Great Glen Way. Our route takes us into the Achnacarry Estate, the family seat of the Cameron Clan and a Second World War commando training centre. We've time to visit the Clan Cameron Museum before continuing out to the Eas Chia-aig waterfalls and Loch Arkaig where we end our walk. A scenic drive then takes us along Mile Dorcha, and to the Commando War Memorial at Spean Bridge. 4.5 miles (7km) with 500 feet (160m) of ascent.


Walks are up to 5 miles (8.5km) with up to 650 feet (200m) of ascent; walking is on field paths and hillside tracks, across open countryside and along the shoreline.

  • Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional.
  • Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust and Historic Scotland cards
  • The seven night holiday has a free day on the Wednesday for you to explore independently

 

Local area

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:

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.

Ice Factor         
Try your hand at ice climbing on the indoor wall at nearby Kinlochleven. www.ice-factor.co.uk

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 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.

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

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

Travel

Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA

New at HF HolidaysA long way North, but always wanted to visit? Take the train or fly to Glasgow and we’ll help you from there.

Our own station / airport transfers: We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan Bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The pickup is at 4.15pm from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station** and we depart from 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. 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.

** 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.

By train: The nearest station is Fort William, but Glasgow may be more convenient. 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).

By taxi: If you can’t meet our station transfer and prefer to travel all the way to Fort William, the 15 mile journey to Alltshellach can be made by taxi. There will be lots of taxis at Fort William station that will take you to Alltshellach.

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. Look out for our sign. A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking. 

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

Reviews

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30 Aug 2016, 8:42 p.m.

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Fabulous location. Coach transfer to and from Glasgow took hassle out of travelling. House is amazing. Great food. Good value. Usual excellent leaders.

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Did the Discovery Walks - super. Nothing more than 4 miles. Stunning scenery. Local coach company provided smooth and safe journeys.
4 Jul 2016, 7:11 p.m.

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I think HF holidays are well organised. I like the fact that there is a choice of different levels of walks and more than one leader because of that. I have been very impressed with the quality of the leaders who are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, reliable and friendly. Also what I really like is that going as a single person there are activities on offer each night as Im not one to just hang round a bar with a drink - but this way there is something to do or watch and its easier to talk to strangers in this context.

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Leader extremely good. Rather not have had more than one woodland walk tho as you could be anywhere then - last walk along coast superb - could have done with more of that. Food in Hotel not always as good as some other HF Hotels.
28 Jun 2016, 9:56 a.m.

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Holidays to suit people of different ages and activities.

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HF house in beautiful setting near loch and hills. Staff very smart and efficient.
11 May 2016, 1:18 p.m.

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This was the latest of a good number of hf holidays I have taken (always travelling alone) and I have enjoyed them all. The holidays are good value, with friendly fellow guests and supportive leaders.

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I was on the 4 night Discovery Walks holiday, as I did not feel up to the standard of walk on a regular guided walking trip. The scenery is absolutely stunning and Dunstaffnage Castle was a highlight of other sites visited.
3 May 2016, 10:46 a.m.

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Superb location and caring team

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perfect area for walking of all grades
28 Sep 2015, 7:55 p.m.

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Food was excellent. Room (I had a new one) was very comfortable and roomy. Staff were very helpful and great fun with the evening entertainment. No problems at all.

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Felt you need to consider some of the older people on the Discovery walks. We were pushed to keep to time limits and at one stage had to rush on a walk back to a ferry. Several people had diffuculty walking at speed and we c ould have gone slower and caught the next ferry.The write up did say it was at leisure
19 Sep 2015, 10:13 a.m.

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Booking service was good but not happy with the room allocation system which I believe is organised by the central office.

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Walking and visits good and leader was excellent but accommodation was poor.
17 Sep 2015, 8:31 a.m.

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Some error initially on paperwork but generally good.

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Excellent leader. Excellent food. Great holiday.
Disappointed with room. Booked well in advance and a member of HF but room was below standard, not well cleaned and no view. People booking later from overseas had better rooms!
23 Jul 2015, 7:18 p.m.

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H.F. are well organised and good value for money as they included all food and transport costs including a packed lunch every day

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I was on Discovery Walks which was a good mixture of walking and sight seeing.
4 Jun 2015, 4:59 p.m.

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It is always a pleasure to book with HF Holiday

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24 Jun 2017 LLWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Glen Coe 4 £499.00 £439.00 OFFER - Save £50 off pp Book Now
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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person