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Romantic Breaks in Scotland

Scotland has the advantage of having some of the most picturesque views and landscapes in the western world. From Loch Assynt and Ardvreck Castle in Inverness to the American Monument on the Oa Peninsula in Islay.  Places to astound and amaze. All of this helps sell Scotland as one of the best destinations for breaks and trips. Romantic breaks in Scotland are incredibly popular due to the stunning landscape.

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Romantic Scotland

One of these magnificent destinations to visit on a romantic break is Islay. It is well known as the Queen of the Hebrides. Renowned for dramatic views and glowing sunsets, Islay has a whole host of destinations for a romantic break, such as the beautiful Islay Cottages. The Museum of Islay Life has also proved a hit for those seeking some relief, as this quaint little museum has the history of Islay encapsulated in a charming setting that will surely melt anyone’s heart.

Islay is not the only home of great romantic breaks in Scotland. Edinburgh also has a wonderful range of destinations and attractions like Parliament House Hotel. Situated just a few minutes away from Waverly Station, at the foot of Calton Hill, sits this high-end, 3-star, homely Scottish hotel. This affordable Edinburgh hotel enjoys a Bistro for breakfast and dinner as well a snug, off the main lounge.

Flirting in Fife

Fife also has some of the best romantic destinations in Scotland. The Balbirnie House among them, situated amongst 400 acres of rolling parkland in the heart of Fife. Balbirnie House caters to all romantic needs by having in-room treatments. Get massages and aromatherapy, all within the comfort, privacy and security of your own room. Balbirnie pictures itself as a “home away from home” in the village of Markinch in the heart of Fife.

It wouldn’t be a romantic break without a dosage of culture. St Andrews Cathedral is minutes away from Balbirnie House, and should deliver than in buckets. This ruined building still has some of Scotland’s most profound and fine architecture to date. From steep spires and intricate stone work, St. Andrews Cathedral is a must for any romantic stroll.

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A visit north

Lastly Inverness features some of Scotland’s most fabulous features and destinations. Culloden House  claims “to bring history to life”. At the time of the Jacobite uprising in 1745-46, Bonnie Prince Charlie used Culloden House as his home and battle headquarters. This was sadly just before that fateful battle on Culloden Moor, so that claim really does have some meaning.

The 40-acre estate includes seasonal bluebell and rhododendron walks, open parkland, bicycle paths into Culloden forest, a croquet lawn, tennis court, duck pond, and a small herd of shaggy-haired Highland cattle. All of this really should encapsulate Inverness’s spirit, heritage and culture whilst still being brimmed full of romance for yourself and your loved one.

If you’re looking to get a piece of Scottish culture and history make sure you go to Tomatin Distillery, where some of the best rated whisky in Scotland is distilled, a surely perfect trip for anyone you hold close.

Romantic Breaks in Scotland

Visiting any of these destinations should is a treat on its own. Visiting them with a partner only increases the fun! To find out more about booking romantic breaks in Scotland, why not head on over to our blog on tips for booking luxury hotels!

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Fall in L.O.V.E, with Romantic Places in the UK

Valentine’s Day is a popular event in the UK, where grand romantic gestures combine with smaller displays of affection. But why di everything on just one day? Spread the L.O.V.E. this year with our favourite romantic places in the UK, perfect to visit any day.

L: Look to London

When it comes to love, forget Paris. Rome is history. Athens can take a hike. With an abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants, history streets and romantic hotels, London is one of our favourite romantic places in the UK this Valentine’s day. Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Clos Maggiore. Take in a show in London’s West End. Admire the view from the Shard before booking into one of London’s beautiful boutique hotels. With an endless supply of romantic things to do, fall in love all over again with Valentine’s Day in London.

Couple crossing millennium bridge, London

O: Opt for Oxford

If London is too busy for you, or you’re looking for a more intimate romantic escape, opt for Oxford instead. Only an hour outside of London by train, Oxford is the perfect romantic alternative for couples of all ages. Dubbed “The City of Dreaming Spires”, its ancient cobble-street labyrinth, chiming cathedrals and romantic charms will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside this winter.

Spiers of an Oxford building

V: Visit Wales

While the rest of the UK gears up for Valentine’s Day, Wales gets ready for the 25th January, otherwise known as St Dwynwen’s Day – the most romantic date in the Welsh calendar. With its Celtic charm and ancient traditions, making your way to Wales for St Dwynwen’s Day is a must for pointless-holiday-sceptics looking to boycott Valentine’s Day. With enchanting castles, charming villages, captivating coastlines and a wealth of gorgeous scenery, Wales is rich in some of the most romantic places in the UK.

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E: Explore Edinburgh

When it comes to romantic places in the UK, all roads lead to Edinburgh, voted one of the most romantic cities in the world. Edinburgh’s ancient architecture, stunning skyline and beautiful parks make it the perfect place to say “I love you”. You can explore Edinburgh’s iconic castle, or take a romantic stroll along the royal mile. Why not enjoy a romantic picnic in Princes Street Gardens, or even a trip to the beach? Nothing says I love you quite like a romantic escape to Edinburgh this – or any other – Valentine’s Day.

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill

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Fall In Love With Wedding Venues In Scotland

The word ‘Scotland’ evokes images of a wild, untamed and ultimately gorgeous landscape. Lochs and glens abound and the ruins of old castles rest where they were built. Is it any wonder why Scotland is considered one of the most romantic places in the world? Of course, there are plenty of locations in the UK to choose from but if you’re after something truly special, then read on to find out more about stunning wedding venues in Scotland.

Something Old

The southernmost island of Scotland, Islay, is looked at with a mixture of nostalgia and awe. Home to distilleries, wildlife, stunning views and of course, history. One such historic landmark is available for Weddings: Loch Finlaggan. Formerly the home to the Lords of the Isle, the Loch houses a set of ancient buildings that make the perfect backdrop for that special day. Your wedding should be historic, so why not include a part of Scottish lore?

Islay

For accommodation during your stay on the island, Islay Cottages are offering a special Romantic Escape – just the treat for your wedding and subsequent honeymoon.

Something New

Scotland is a varied country. Ruins and modern houses abound and choosing between the traditional and the up-to-date can be tricky. That’s why we’re suggesting the best of both worlds. Located in Inverness, the stunning Achnagairn Castle has been called a ‘fairy-tale wedding venue’ before and was named number one in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine’s Best UK Wedding Venues category.

A bride and groom holding a bouquet of flowers

The castle itself features a grand ballroom that can host up to 260 people. It has 24 luxury bedrooms for guests and an option for more rooms in the lodges set up outside of it. Expansive grounds, individually decorated rooms and all the grandeur of a royal palace… It’s hard not to say ‘I do’ to Achnagairn!

Something Borrowed

There’s no need to fret if you’re still chasing ideas on just how your wedding should go. After all, perfection takes time and plenty of patience. If you’re really feeling stuck, have a read of a few examples: including a DIY wedding in an abbey that’s only accessible via boat!

Something Blue

The venue might be sorted, the wedding plans are underway but what about entertainment? Something romantic to listen to while you’re walking down the aisle or to dance along with during the reception. Fittingly named, Something Blue is a band based just inside of Glasgow that specializes in wedding entertainment. To learn more, or to have a taste of their talent, check out one of the videos up on the Something Blue site!

Organising a wedding can be a hard task, though it’s well worth it in the end. Hopefully these wedding venues in Scotland will give you a few ideas on how best to plan and arrange that lovely day. Your wedding should be perfect – so why settle for anything less?

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Top Five Romantic Breaks for Couples in Scotland

Luxury Romantic Getaways in Scotland

Scotland is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Bursting with history and stunning natural landscapes, there are so many places to enjoy romantic getaways in Scotland. And if it’s luxury accommodation you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From sea-facing hotels, to hideaways nestled in a stunning glen, you’ll find it hard to choose. So, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or whisking your loved one away for a romantic getaway, check out our top five romantic Scottish escapes.

Tranquil and Adults-Only

Hideaway Experience

The Hideaway Experience

If you’re looking for a private romantic escape in Scotland, The Hideaway Experience is perfect. Located in Angus, Dundee, these tranquil spaces allow you and your partner to reconnect in privacy. Surrounded by the rolling Sidlaw Hills and Scottish countryside, the five-star cottages and wooden lodges are secluded and peaceful. They’re also fully-equipped with modern conveniences like coffee makers and dishwashers. What’s more, these luxury hideaways have day beds, hot tubs, spa rooms, and private gardens. So, they’re perfect for adult only holidays or a romantic proposal.

Historic Fairytale Castles

Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Aqueous Spa

The historic Dalhousie Castle stands proudly in Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh, and dates back more than 700 years. With its turrets and towers, the magnificent building looks like something out of a fairy-tale. And it’s perfect for weekends away for couples. The resplendent rooms and suites can be reached via a maze of staircases and secret passageways, and feature periodic furniture and modern amenities. And there’s an onsite spa with hydro pool, Roman-style sauna, and Turkish steam bath. Why not enjoy a delicious romantic dinner in The Orangery whilst soaking up views of the castle estate?

The Torridon

Set on the banks of a sea loch in Ross-shire, this majestic hotel was once the shooting lodge for the Earl of Lovelace. Surrounded by natural landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, you’ll never be without a magnificent view at The Torridon. For a truly romantic and secluded experience, stay at the Boathouse on the shores of Loch Torridon. Here, you can cosy up by the wood burner and enjoy the loch views from the living area’s panoramic window. Savour delicious locally sourced food at the 1887 restaurant. Or, relax with a glass of the local tipple in the Whisky and Gin Bar. And if you want to explore the great outdoors, you can enjoy walking, mountain biking and sea kayaking activities.

Romantic Islands and Lochs

Loch Lomond Waterfront

Loch Lomond Waterfront

Located on the banks of Loch Lomond near the village of Balmaha, Loch Lomond Waterfront sits within 18 acres of private land and wooded area. The luxury self-catered lodge and chalets are perfect for romantic breaks. And each comes with stunning loch views and hot tubs. Here, you can enjoy a tranquil kayaking trip on the loch with your loved one. Or, head off on a scenic hike along the West Highland Way to Conic Hill or Millarochy Bay. Then, after a day of sight-seeing, return to your luxury chalet for an aromatherapy or Swedish massage from a professional therapist.

Isle of Eriska

Situated on a private 300-acre island near Oban, Isle of Eriska is one of the most luxury hotels in Scotland. Here, you can absorb the views of Loch Linnhe and the dramatic Morvern mountains within a tranquil setting. The main house has elegant rooms and suites, perfect for romantic getaways in Scotland. And there are Spa Suites, Garden Cottages and Hilltop Reserves for ultimate privacy and private hot tubs. Sit in front of the open fire with afternoon tea in the main hall or drawing room, or soak up the views with a refreshing drink on The Deck. Then, take a dip in the pool, indulge in a pampering couples massage at Stables Spa, or play golf on the 9-hole course.

With so many romantic getaways to choose from in Scotland, you can enjoy a different experience every time you visit.

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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 exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. Fear not though, as there are so many original ways to do it! Why not whisk your loved one off to a beautiful place in Scotland to pop the question? Bursting with breathtaking natural landscapes, from sparkling lochs to lush glens, you’re bound to find the perfect location. 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. 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 5-star Loch Lomond Waterfront? Perched on the “bonnie, bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond each lodge has its own private hot tub, steam cabin, en suite bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen and stunning views!

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 to cherish forever.

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