Scottish Highlands Walking with Sightseeing Holiday
Uncover the delights of the Scottish Highlands
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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.
Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of the Scottish Highlands with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. Discover the stories and histories of Glen Coe, watch the steam train cross the Glenfinnan viaduct, visit Dunstaffnage Castle and the Ben Nevis Distillery, and ride hide into the mountains on the Gondola for fabulous views of Ben Nevis.
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'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 “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
Clan Cameron and the Caledonian Canal
Available on: 3 May 2019; 19 July 2019; 25 Aug 2019
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. 4½ miles (7½km) with 500 feet (160m) of ascent.
Dunstaffnage Castle and Oban
Available on: 2 May 2019; 18 July 2019; 26 Aug 2019
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. 3½ miles (5½km) with 450 feet (150m) of ascent.
Glen Coe and "Hospital Lochan"
Available on: 29 Apr 2019; 15 July 2019; 27 Aug 2019
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 (also known as "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 (8½km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
Wednesday: free day
Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel
Available on: 28 April 2019; 14 July 2019; 29 Aug 2019
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 Shiel 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.
The Mountain Gondola and Ben Nevis distillery
Available on: 30 Apr 2019; 16 July 2019; 30 Aug 2019
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 miles (6½km) with 250 feet (80m) of ascent and 550 feet (160m) of descent.
Walks are up to 5 miles (8½km) 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
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 in Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
Many guests opt to fly to Glasgow Airport, then join our transfer coach to Glen Coe.
Glasgow to Glen Coe transfer
We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The transfer is £32 return and £21 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 020 8732 1220.
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 is to fly to Manchester Airport, which has a better range of long-haul flights. There are trains from the airport to Glasgow (some direct, others 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.
There are also flights to Edinburgh with a train transfer to Glasgow.
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