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Popping the Question in Scotland

Our Guide to the Best Romantic Places in Scotland to Propose

Planning a proposal can be overwhelming, but there are so many wonderful ways to do it. So, why not whisk your loved one off to a beautiful place in Scotland to pop the question? Bursting with breath-taking natural landscapes, from sparkling lochs to lush glens, you’ll find it hard to choose. Here’s a guide to some of the best romantic places in Scotland to propose.

Historic Fairy Tale Castles

Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish HighlandsIf you’re planning a proposal to match something out of a Disney film, Scotland’s fairy tale castles provide the perfect setting. Steeped in history and drama, these beautiful castles date back centuries and have been home to kings and queens. Whilst many have been restored and function as museums and attractions, many are now just ruins. However, these crumbling castles are often surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, and provide a beautiful setting to pop the question.

But if you want a true romantic stay, why not book a stay at one of the castle hotels? Dalhousie Castle is eight miles from Edinburgh and sits within an 11-acre estate on the Esk River. Dating back to the 13th Century, this hotel has 35 elegant guest rooms and suites with four poster beds. And there’s a lavish spa for soothing treatments. Pop the question on the banks of the river, or take a walk through the beautiful estate and find a secluded spot.

Under the Twinkling Stars

Couple StargazingScotland is a fantastic place to enjoy stargazing thanks to its vast remote areas away from light pollution. Because of these dark skies, it’s home to the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. At Galloway Forest Park, you’ll have a chance of seeing the Milky Way and more than 7,000 stars and planets. With an array of viewing points, you’ll have no problem picking the perfect place to propose under the stars. And, if you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of the magnificent Northern Lights.

Or, if you fancy a touch of luxury and cosy log cabin during your star-gazing proposal, why not visit Eagle Brae in the Scottish Highlands? Surrounded by forests and mountains, these eco-friendly luxury log cabins offer private decking areas where you can sit wrapped under a blanket beneath the stars.

Pop the Question Up a Mountain

View from near top of Ben Lomond in ScotlandScotland is home to several stunning munros and mountains. And one of the most magnificent is Ben Lomond, which soars above the shimmering Loch Lomond. If you’re stuck for proposal ideas, this is a great one. Located just one hour from Glasgow, you can spend the day hiking up this 974-metre-high mountain. Here you can soak up the views of hills, the loch and the Trossachs National Park. There are trails to suit all walking levels, but don’t forget to take your walking boots.

If after the romantic proposal, you want to enjoy a memorable evening or weekend, why not stay at the five-star Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort? Overlooking the River Clyde and surrounded by a private 24-acre woodland estate, Mar Hall is one of the most romantic hotels in Scotland. Celebrate your engagement with a romantic dinner in the Cristal Dining Room. Then, retire to your elegant room with open fireplace and four-poster bed.

 

With so much natural beauty available, you’ll find it hard to choose from the fantastic romantic places in Scotland to propose. But, however or wherever you get engaged in Scotland, the experience is guaranteed to be a special and memorable one.

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Best Dog-Friendly Holidays in the UK

If you’re planning a getaway with the whole family, you won’t want to leave your beloved dog behind! Luckily, there are plenty of hotels and accommodation options for dog-friendly holidays in the UK. So, take a look at our guide to some of the best places for dog-friendly breaks:

Dog-friendly Holidays in the UK By the Beach

Couple walking their dog on the beachThe UK is home to thousands of beaches and nearly 20,000 miles of coastline. So, where better to take your pooch than to a hotel near the beach where they can run around. It’s worth remembering that many beaches have dog bans during peak seasonal periods. However, Carne Beach in Cornwall is dog-friendly all year round. The Nare Hotel is great if you’re taking holidays with dogs. Located on the Roseland Peninsula, the luxury hotel faces Carne Beach on a cliff-side, and is just a few minutes’ walk from the golden sand. Dogs are welcome in guest rooms and in the hotel public spaces. Also, there’s The Dogs’ à la Carte Menu, with something for everyone, including any fussy eaters.

Canine-Friendly Countryside Cottages

Hideaway Experience holiday accommodation near DundeeIf you’re looking for some remote pet-friendly accommodation, the Hideaway Experience near Dundee is a fantastic choice. With a selection of luxury dog-friendly cottages within secluded natural surroundings, you can enjoy a private, tranquil experience. And, your dog will have access to vast farmland and country trails. Relax in the hot tub, sit on your deck under the stars, or explore the local area with your pet. Whether you’re planning a romantic break and you want to bring the pooch along, or you’re celebrating a special occasion, the Hideaway is perfect.

Eco Log Cabins in the Highlands

A snowy day at Eagle Brae Log CabinsEagle Brae offers unique eco-friendly accommodation in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by breath-taking natural landscapes, the luxury log cabins cater for your furry friends. Each log cabin has been individually designed, and features beautiful hand-carvings of Highland animals on the walls. Keeping nature and conservation at the forefront, each cabin is environmentally friendly. A micro-hydro scheme provides electricity and hot water to the cabins. And underfloor heating is provided through biomass wood-pellet burners. Situated between Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar, you’ll find plenty of long walks with spectacular views of the dramatic Scottish landscapes.

Dog-Friendly Hotels in the City

City of York in the UKAre you organising a city break but don’t want to leave your dog behind? At The Grand Hotel and Spa in York, your four-legged friends are welcome, and you’re just a five-minute walk from the historic city of York. Located along York’s ancient city walls, this iconic Edwardian hotel offers beautiful 5-star accommodation. So you can enjoy a luxurious stay, before heading off with your dog to explore the city’s historic cobbled streets.

 

So, if you’re looking for dog-friendly holidays in the UK, take a look at these hotels and start planning your break. You won’t need to worry about leaving your beloved pet at home, with these gorgeous dog-friendly places.

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