Monday, 15 October 2007


Special weekend deal for mountain bikers, £45 per person per night, yes it's true.
The magnificent Peebles Hydro Hotel set in the hills of Glentress, Scottish borders and part of the 7 Stanes mountain bike network. It is truly a mountain bikers heaven. From the very moment you arrive you are made very welcome, there is bike storage although bikes are safely left in cars and even on top of cars, security is excellent. From the rear of the hotel there is a cross country route that actually joins onto the green route at Glentress and leads you straight to the Buzzards Nest free ride area, it's a climb that takes around 30 40 minutes and is a great warm up after your included hearty breakfast, (the menu being far too extensive to list). Time to rest at the Buzzards Nest before starting the climb up to the black or red routes. The forest is just breathtaking at this time of year with the lovely orange, yellow and red colours of the leaves and the sunlight breaking through the trees, I knew it was going be a magical weekend. When I'm out on my bike I could be 10 years old again, normal every day life is a million miles away.
So much to look forward to after the ride, and never miss the last part of the red/black, I just love that last descent even though it means back to the Hotel 2 miles along the road, but you are rewarded beforehand at the Hub cafe with a coffee and carrot cake or whatever you fancy. Great vice, coffee and cake after the hard climbs. So back at Hydro, it's a refreshing shower and a swim in that fantastic pool. The spa is so relaxing after the bike ride and it's worth booking a sports massage in advance. I almost fell asleep in the hot tub. (mighty hot too) Big steam room and sauna as well. There's also a well equip gym. I was surprised at the inexpensive prices in the restaurant although there is a dress code (tie and jacket for men) so being mountain bikers, we much preferred to walk into town and have a few relaxing drinks and enjoy a pre-booked meal in the Prince Of India.