Whether travelling solo, with a partner or all the family, north Wales has plenty to keep everyone busy away from the golf course.
The number one activity in the area, if you are moderately fit, is to walk to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales standing 1,085 metres above sea level. You can hike up one of six routes (ranging in distance and difficulty) and come down another, or hike up and take the Snowdon Mountain Railway back down.
North Wales is also making a name for itself in the world of adventure activities. On the flanks of Snowdonia National Park, Zip World’s Velocity at Penryhn Slate Quarry in Bethesda, is the world’s fastest zip line and the longest in Europe with two 150-metre high courses that enable riders to exceed 161 km/h, while Zip World’s Titan at Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog offers Europe’s first four-person line – perfect for thrill seeking families.
Another major attraction in the region is the narrow gauge heritage Ffestiniog Mountain Railway (the oldest independent railway company in the world run by volunteers), which is roughly 20km long and runs from Porthmadog to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, travelling through forested and mountainous countryside.
Wales is blessed with castles (there are over a 100 still standing, either as ruins or restored buildings), and spectacularly sited 13th-century Harlech Castle is a must-visit in the north-west region. After exploring this World Heritage site, allow some time to build your own castle with the kids on Harlech Beach situated beyond the dunes at Royal St. David’s Golf Club. www.visitwales.com