New for 2020

7-Night Winter Guided Walking with Plas Y Brenin in the Scottish Highlands

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 3, 5 & 6
from £745pp £620pp

Turn your dream of winter walking into reality under the expert guidance of Plas y Brenin, the prestigious National Outdoor Centre who we’ve teamed up with to offer some exceptional experiences. The Scottish Highlands offer world-class walking at all times of the year. But for many in the know, the highlight is in February & March, when the snow-covered mountains take on a startling beauty. With three levels of walk to choose from, either at low level through glens and by lochs, or higher up and all with immense scenic reward. These are full days out which can at times may be physically challenging due to the weather and conditions. If you do want to go higher and experience some adventure on the hills, highly qualified instructors will show you how to use crampons & ice axes (equipment hire included) to stay safe and get the most from some amazing hillwalks. No previous experience of winter walking is required to take part, but if you want try the harder walks choices you must have a good level of fitness and summer walking experience. Learning to self-arrest with an ice axe will involve some practice at sliding on hard snow. In the evenings enjoy a dram by the fireside or take in one of Plas Y Brenin’s inspirational lectures.

Holiday Highlights

  • Top of the tree guiding and instruction from Plas Y Brenin in collaboration with HF Holidays.
  • Expert selection of routes according to weather and conditions
  • Enjoy munros in winter conditions

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus lectures or talks from Plas Y Brenin
  • Highest quality Instruction (for relevant medium and harder grade walks) in specialist safety technique
  • Hire of ice axe, crampons and specialist boots if required
  • Our country House is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area and an excellent drying rooming for your boots and kit.

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Resident Plas Y Brenin instructors will have assessed the weather and conditions underfoot to make the best choice of routes but necessarily this doesn’t happen until the day before. If you fancy an easier, low level walk, simply head off into the surrounding green valleys with a friendly and knowledgeable leader who will bring this stunning area to life.

If you want to get on the tops, you’ll need to come out for the morning with our instructors who will take you through the basics of ice axe arrest and use of crampons. Mastering personal movement is the key to safety in the winter mountains. You don’t need any experience other than a good level of fitness and summer hillwalking experience.


Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.


Explore the very best of Glencoe and surrounding hills on our guided walks. If you're feeling adventurous, we offer the opportunity to climb famous summits including Buchaille Etive Mor, Stob Corie Nan Lochan, Anonach Mor and maybe even Ben Nevis. Alternatively walks in the Glens beneath them will take you to hidden corners, peaceful lakes and mighty waterfalls – or somewhere between!


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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, a generous indoor pool, 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.

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

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
  • 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

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.

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

Rooms

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

There are 38 comfortable bedrooms, all in the main house, with a range of ‘Good’, ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ 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 Best 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Alltshellach is full of Scottish flavours and focusses on locally sourced and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when you might be treated to Cullen Skink Soup and a trio of smoked salmon, mackerel pate and steamed mussels with Highland oat cakes, while mains may include Highland game and ‘Barlotto’, a type of nutty risotto made from barley instead of rice. Finish off with a spoonful of Iron Brew Ice, chocolate and marmalade mouse and Atholl brose, a luxurious blend of honey, whisky and carefully selected herbs for a flavour of the Highlands.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Alltshellach

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
20 Mar - 27 Mar
7 Plas Y Brenin £745 £620 Save £125 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

Sole occupancy available, call to book

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
3 & 5

7 nights from £745pp £620pp

New for 2020

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