Robin McKelvie

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Playing off-ski: An adrenaline-pumping adventure amid the majesty of the Swiss Alps

From atop Mont Fort, the highest summit in the entire Verbier region, a landscape that could have been sculpted for skiing unfurls all around. Hundreds of Alpine peaks stretch out into the distance, plunging down to slopes alive with cable cars and gondolas. But we’re not here to ski, not when there is a world of adrenaline-pumping adventure to enjoy without a snowflake in sight the rest of the year.

best of scotland 5 winter activities that don't involve skiing

So the build-up to Christmas has to be all about endless trips to the shops and trawling the internet for presents? Think again – as the mercury drops there is no need to let your adrenaline levels dip too, not when a winter wonderland of adventures tempt around Scotland. And the good news is that you won’t need to have your own ski gear as this quintet of activities are open to anyone without a piste in sight.

Robin McKelvie: I'm a travel writer. Is it really the best job in the world?

IF I earned a pound for every time someone tells me I have the best job in the world, I really would have. A travel writer: the dream job. Swanning around the world from First Class to hot tub, Cristal in hand, occasionally getting my feather quill pen wet, before sticking a pin in the map for my next "holiday". Sadly, that travel writing life is but a dream.