Aberdeen Castle, Dunnottar Castle and Castle Fraser are just some of the Aberdeenshire fortresses built in the Middle Ages, with displays of archery, falconry, jousting and battle re-enactments.
Famous castles can also be found in Munich, in the heart of Germany’s Bavarian region and include Neuschwanstein, Blutenberg and Hohenschwangau, and with many built directly into the mountainside, and featuring characteristic spires and turrets, Bavaria is truly a castle paradise.
UK train cost:£269 (off peak return, 7hrs)
English wine is experiencing a boom in popularity, with more than 450 vineyards and 3.15 million bottles produced every year. For wine lovers, award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard in Bodmin, Cornwall, offers tours and tastings, and recently became the first English wine producer to be granted a royal warrant.
UK train cost: £147.90 (off peak, 4 hrs)
The spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire is a gateway to the Peak District; ideal for hiking, camping and zip-lining.
Alternatively, outdoorsy folk could fly to Slovenia, known for its ski resorts, lakes and mountains, for only £289. The town of Bled, famous for the glacial Lake Bled and cliffside medieval castle, is a hikers’ paradise. Journey across the iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) for spectacular views across the Ljubljanica River.
UK train cost: £376 (anytime return, 3 hrs)