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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.