Are you gripped by Wimbledon fever? Has it inspired you to take up your old racket and try a few rallies? After all, there really is nothing that says a British summer quite like the thwack of tennis balls - and perhaps a well-deserved Pimms to follow!
If like the HPL team you’re partial to a game or two of tennis in the summer, you’re not alone. Apparently almost half the country watches the Wimbledon Championships every year and participation in tennis is growing once again year on year in the UK. So you’ll be delighted to hear that you have the option to play tennis during your Handpicked Lodges holiday, with courts available in Rothiemurchus near Aviemore, in Nethy Bridge and at Boat of Garten.
Rothiemurchus and Aviemore Tennis Club has just had its three all-weather courts totally resurfaced and we hear they play like a dream! The courts are open to visitors Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1pm - 5pm. It’s £15 per court per hour, for up to 4 people per court. They can be booked online or at Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre across the road from the club or on 01479 812 345. Plus, if you want to take the opportunity to brush up on your skills, or to learn from scratch, the club coach Alan may be able to help - call 07749 762806.
There are of course plenty of other activities to do around Rothiemurchus - from clay pigeon shooting and quad bike tours, to fishing, pony trekking and archery - have a look at their website to see what else takes your fancy.
Boat of Garten Tennis Club have two all-weather courts which are available for hire throughout the year. It’s advisable to book a court, especially at weekends and between June and September. Court hire is £12 per hour.
There are three tennis courts also available to hire at Nethy Bridge, priced at £5 per hour for adults and £4 per hour for children. Call 01479 821400 to book these.
Don’t forget that for playing at any of these tennis clubs you need to provide your own rackets and balls, although at Rothiemurchus you can also purchase used balls for 50p each. You should be able to pick some up rackets and balls cheaply during the summer at Home Bargains in Aviemore.