Top 3 Castles for Outdoor Activities

There are very few countries out there that can top the landscape Scotland offers to those willing to explore every nook and cranny.

My favourite outdoor activity has to be 'mountain biking'; there’s something about the adrenaline rush that comes from flying down a steep incline with nothing but a pair of tyres separating you from the ground, that’s like no other! This brings me to my first choice, Aikwood Tower, a stunning 16th century property in the heart of the beautiful Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the days of Mary Queen of Scots. Not only does the stunning local landscape around Aikwood Tower serve as some of the best mountain-biking territory around, it also offers some of the finest shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.

Another favourite of mine, although the complete polar opposite to mountain biking, is golf. I'm an extremely competitive person and golf was the first game I found I could hold my own at! Kinnettles Castle is a luxury 5* baronial mansion house, just 30 minutes from Dundee airport, that acts as the perfect home base for those golf trips to the many legendary courses Fife, Aberdeenshire and Perthshire have to offer! I’ll definitely be paying them a visit in the near future!

When winter comes along most outdoor activities get written off due to the harsh conditions, but one that prevails throughout is skiing, and we have the perfect castle for the skiing enthusiasts out there! Muckrach Castle is a lovely self-catering castle set in an acre of beautiful gardens; the castle offers outstanding views over the Spey Valley and the Cairngorm Mountains.

Castles available to book through Celtic Castles