Planning a ‘staycation’ this year? Check out these two scenic hotels.

Worried about flight disruption and queues at the airport? Why not pack your bags, hop in the car and head north? Allow yourself to be seduced by stunning countryside, luscious lakes and historic towns and villages. We have two get-away-from-it-all hotels where you can find some peace and quiet and unspoilt scenery.

If you’re feeling plush, try the Torridon (www.thetorridon.com) in Scotland’s Western Ross. It’s a high-end, baronial style hotel on the shores of Loch Torridon and if you’re in need of exercise, they have an activity centre which offers qualified mountain guides who can lead anything from a half-day glen walk to a full blown climbing expedition. It doesn’t come cheap with doubles starting at £215, but you can chill out or get in shape as you please in perfect surroundings.

If you’re looking for something cheaper, try the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (www.ogh.co.uk) in scenic Cumbria. The remote hotel (pictured) is set in the stunning Great Langdale Valley, arguably boasting the best location for a hotel in the lake district. It makes a cosy stop for fell walkers, where there’s actually a ‘Hiker’s bar’ with a log fire for cool summer evenings. The Old Dungeon takes its beer seriously, with real Cumberland (amongst other) ales on handpull and fine whiskies for those looking for something stronger. 2 legged and four legged walkers are all made very welcome! Reasonably priced home-cooked food is served in the bar. Prices start at £49 per night per person with breakfast.

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