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Outdoor Escape For Two In Peebles

A couple’s weekend doesn’t need to be 100% candlelit dinners and cheek-to-cheek dancing. Fancy some more lively outdoor activities? If high-octane mountain biking or shooting practice sounds more like your speed, then you’re in the right place.

At Peebles Hydro, we have a full card of outdoor activities to get the blood pumping, revel in the incredible scenery on our doorstep and – maybe – bring out your competitive side, strictly in the spirit of loving rivalry of course.

Mountain Biking

We’re lucky enough to be right next to the sprawling Glentress Forest – home to more than 50 miles of purpose-built mountain biking trails. Whether you fancy a gentle cycle or a high-speed off-road adventure, there is always something to dig your tyres into.

The series of colour-coded trails will help you find the right level. Green is ideal for beginners who want to take it easy, while orange offers some extra bite in its thrills. The most daring among you can even tackle the ‘severe ’black  trail – a helter-skelter ride over 18 miles of peaks and descents to leave you breathless. (And probably in need of a hosing down.)

Experienced rider? Bring your own bike and keep it safe in our designated store. Those less seasoned on the saddle, don’t need to worry, we have a range of bikes available for hire – and our team will find the perfect fit for you when you arrive.

Age: Full range of adults and kids bikes for hire

Price: from £15 per person

Peebles Hydro Bike Zone


Think you can hold your nerve and hit the bullseye? If you fancy yourself as a cool-hand sharpshooter, this is the activity for you. No need to bring your own longbow – our trained instructors will provide all the kit, and make sure you get a full safety briefing. Then they’ll brief you on all the insider tips and tricks you’ll need to declare yourself an honorary member of Robin Hood’s gang.

Duration: 60 minutes

Age: 8+

Price: £10 per person

Air Rifles

Brace yourself: target practice can get very, very competitive – we’ve seen it many times. But really, this is what makes our supervised air rifle sessions such a great activity for couples and groups alike.

Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience handling a rifle. Our trained instructors will make sure you have fun and stay safe. Pretty much everyone comes away convinced they’re the sharpest shot in Peebles – and you might just be.

Duration: 60 minutes

Age: 10+

Price: £10 per person

Scenic Walking Trails

Slow down the pace with a stroll through the idyllic scenery of Glentress Forest, with a number of scenic walking routes for every ability. Follow the Ponds Trail for a comfortable amble around the water and a perfect place to stop off for a picnic or to feed the ducks.

A more strenuous test of your hiking boots can be found on the Glen and Buzzards Trails, which guide you along paths weaved around towering century-old fir trees. While the trek up Tower Trail can be tough-going, but the panoramic views of the Caddon Hills are well worth it. And if you’re lucky you might even spot some wildlife – roe deer and badgers are not uncommon. When you’ve finished the circuit, stop off at the Peel Café for a warm welcome, a well-earned cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Keen to explore further on foot? Try exploring the banks of the River Tweed – there is an ideal four-mile route by the stunning Neidpath Castle. For those really committed to a good walk, the Dun Right Horseshoe provides 14.5 miles worth of climbing, tackling the four peaks around Glensax. Tough on the feet, but the views are incredible.

At Peebles Hydro, we have everything you need for a great outdoor activity break. Book your visit.

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