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TEN ACTIVE SCOTTISH BREAKS

Kate Simon

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Get active in Scotland, amid some of Britain's most beautiful scenery. Whether you want to set your pulse racing by careering down a mountain slope on a bicycle, or enjoy some quiet contemplation on a riverbank waiting for the one who got away, this country's charming hotels, large and small, can rise to the challenge. And there's no age barrier to enjoying some invigorating fun in these parts, with lots of choices for young and old. Plus, be assured, at the end of the day, you can rest your weary limbs in some seriously comfortable lodgings.
Crieff Hydro

This 213-room hotel is a firm favourite with energetic types of all ages thanks to its huge selection of 60 indoor and outdoor activities. Two swimming pools, high and low ropes courses, tennis courts, laser quest and a riding centre are among the many fantastic facilities here. And beyond its 900 acres there are watersports at nearby Loch Earn to enjoy, too.

Culdearn House Hotel

A charming six-bedroom Victorian villa in the heart of Speyside makes best use of the surrounding Cairngorms for walking and climbing in the warmer months and snow-sports in winter. The nearby new funicular makes it easy to scale the mountainside through the year to take in the views and, in the colder months, for skiers and snowboarders to access 35 downhill runs.

Airds Hotel & Restaurant

Get out the walking boots for a trip to this elegant 11-room hotel on the banks of Loch Linnhe. It's the perfect place from which to stride out and explore the 12 surrounding munros - you could even try tackling Ben Nevis, just an hour up the road. At night reward your efforts with gourmet dining in the hotel's 3 AA Rosette restaurant.

Knockinaam Lodge

Whether you're a novice or an expert, join the qualified stalker who leads the way through the forests and grazing moors around this 10-room hotel in search of the roe and red deer found here. This is also the place for wildfowlers to take part in some of the best inland and shore shooting on offer in Britain.

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