Top 3 Castles for Outdoor Lovers

Chateau Rhianfa 

Château Rhianfa lies only 20 minutes away from the heart of Snowdonia in North Wales. Snowdonia National Park is one of the top centres of outdoor life in the UK. 

Take a 12 mile trip from the castle to climb the UK's second highest mountain, Snowdon. Take the much travelled path up the northern side of the mountain to be greeted with a café at the top, as a reward for your efforts. Or people with a greater head for heights and sense of adventure can take the treacherous path along Crib Goch to reach the summit. Scramble along a knife-edge ridge for a more direct, if not scarier, route to the summit.

If walking isn't your thing, but you still want to appreciate the great outdoors, then the Snowdon Mountain Railway can take you all the way to the top, for a small price.

Besides the majesty of Snowdon, the surrounding Snowdonia National Park has plenty to offer those who seek the great outdoors, from mountain biking the Mawddach Trail, to bouncing from a suspended trampoline in an abandoned slate mine. 

Château Rhianfa is situated perfectly for all that Snowdonia has to offer. The castle even offers a 2 night Welsh adventure package for those looking for an adrenaline-filled retreat.

Augill Castle

Augill Castle lies nestled in between three separate national parks; The Lake District, The North Pennines and The Yorkshire Dales.

The Lake District is perfect for the enthusiastic fell-walker, no matter what your ability. Take a gentle stroll up Alfred Wainwright's favourite fell, Haystacks, or take on the challenge of walking to the summit of England's highest mountain.

The Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines provide even more beautiful terrain, whilst being more suited to a leisurely stroll in the sunshine. 

The Yorkshire Dales are also a haven for road cyclists and mountain bikers, after the area hosted the Tour De France in 2014. Local cycling challenges include Buttertubs Pass, Cote de Cray and Fleet Moss. On a sunny day, the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines provide perfect cycling scenery.

Inverlochy Castle

Inverlochy Castle is nestled in the shadow of Great Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Without a doubt, Inverlochy sits in the outdoor capital of the UK, the Scottish Highlands.

There are a wealth of outdoor activities available to people in the surrounding area. First and foremost is the challenge of scaling Ben Nevis; parking for this daunting feat can be found only 10 minutes' drive away from the castle.

The area is also home to the Nevis Range Mountain Resort, which has downhill mountain biking tracks and a tree top adventure. The mountain bike tracks at the Nevis Range Centre host the world cup circuit each year. 

Also within easy driving distance is the UK's largest indoor ice-climbing centre, or choose to stay here in winter to go ice-climbing on the real mountains with the help of a local guide. 

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