A picture of a romantic couple

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.

a couple cuddling and having fun on a beach

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.

a couple hugging on a beach

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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Tips for Booking Luxury Hotels

Everybody should have their own slice of luxury, without it breaking the bank. Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend excessive cash to experience the best of luxury hospitality. Most high-end hotels have brilliant special offers all year round! There’s almost always something happening somewhere, no matter the time of year!

Booking luxury holidays and hotels can be confusing – especially with so many online travel agents! But, by booking direct, hotels will often offer additional incentives such as a free glass of wine. We look at some of the best hotels to book with in the world.

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The Dunstane – Edinburgh, Scotland

If you’re going to visit Edinburgh, you may as well do it in style. The Dunstane is a boutique hotel that boasts some serious style. With its simple online booking engine, you can book your stay and pay in minutes! The hotel also is home to one of the best restaurants in the UK, known as the Ba’ Bar. This hotel has 4 stars, although some would argue with its excellent service and design perks such as bathroom heated floors, that the quality excels its official rating.

Parliament House Hotel – Edinburgh, Scotland

Parliament House Hotel, Edinburgh, is a fusion of Jacobean and Georgian buildings that make up the 53 bedroom hotel. Its grandeur has no limits, maintaining period features, creating a truly authentic experience for guests who stay. Don’t be put off by the period features though – Parliament House Hotel is equipped with all the contemporary amenities that are expected with city centre hotels.

Borgo Egnazia – Puglia, Italy

Taking a trip to Italy? Seeking the ultimate celebrity experience? Borgo Egnazia is your hotel! Many high-end clients and celebrities have stayed at Borgo Egnazia. It’s no small wonder that celebrities are known to return with the destination boasting a castle-like structure and 28 luxury villas. Did we mention the golf course and the worldwide award winning spa? If these aren’t reasons to book now, what is? This destination is on the pricier side of luxury hotels, but provides the ultimate relaxation experience. There is no place quite like Borgo Egnazia.

Castle Leslie – Monaghan, Ireland

This 1000 acre estate has everything you want, from team-building exercises to equestrian tracks and riding lessons. The castle was completed in 1871 by Sir John Leslie. The grounds of the castle were the venue for the marriage of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Ireland is possibly one of the friendliest countries in Europe and the castle delivers a rich sense of freshness, open air and luxury comfort without being overwhelming. To top this off, you can even take a tour of the castle and its grounds on their website too!

Booking Luxury Hotels

Each hotel has its own deals throughout the year and luxury hotels often offer exclusive discounts and packages inclusive of local attractions, meaning that spending a little more often means saving more too!

Just remember, when booking luxury hotels, book direct to potentially receive additional perks!

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The Ultimate Scottish Road Trip

Scotland – a country known for its world-class scenery, memorable music scene and of course, eclectic cuisine. Haggis, whisky and square sausage, anyone?  If you are planning a trip to Scotland, why not take our ultimate Scottish road trip?

Kick things off in the Kingdom of Fife

The first port of call for anybody new to Scotland is a trip to the beautiful east coast. Pop on down to the proclaimed home of golf, St. Andrews and play on world-famous courses. Head on over to Anstruther or as the locals call it, “Ainster”) for a true delight of a fish supper from the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar.

Where to stay: Elderburn Luxury Lodges, Silverdyke Holiday Park.

Boat in anstruther

Imagine in Inverness

Explore the ruins of the battle grounds of Culloden, unfurl the myth of the Loch Ness monster and embrace the stunning Scottish scenery on offer. Are you a fan of Scotch Whisky? Why not take a Speyside Whisky tour? Indulge in having your very own Whisky tour-guide-come-chauffeur and spend the day having a true Whisky adventure sampling all the best distilleries Speyside has to offer.

Where to stay: Kingsmills Hotel, Eagle Brae.

Be Inspired in Islay

No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to the scenic Outer Hebrides. Visit the Isle of Islay and immerse yourself in the serene tranquillity and natural wild beauty that the island offers. Take an opportunity to sample the peaty malts of Islay, or set off for some island hopping across to Jura and other neighbouring lands. And make sure you have a taste of freshly cooked pizza from Peatzeria.

Where to stay:  Islay Cottages.

Islay lighthouse at sunset

Explore in Edinburgh

Finish off in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Explore this UNESCO heritage site and unravel Scottish history with a trip to Edinburgh Castle, visit the spooky underground city vaults and discover the site of the Covenanters Prison – widely regarded as the world’s first concentration camp. Finish off with a bit of souvenir shopping and head on over to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket to snap up a vintage bargain or two.

Where to stay: Parliament House Hotel.

Planning your Scottish Road Trip

Planning your Scottish road trip can be a lengthy task – especially considering how many fantastic attractions there are! Why not visit some of our previous suggestions to help get your creative juices flowing.

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Ryder Cup Accommodation in Scotland

Gleneagles Hotel and grounds 2004

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So, you are thinking of getting tickets for the Ryder Cup, eh? Not a bad idea, to come and visit the home of golf in the same year as the home of the Ryder Cup hosts the tournament. In fact, it’s an excellent idea, so why not book your Ryder Cup tickets now, if you haven’t already done so? And while you are at it, you might like a few ideas about where to stay while you are here.

If you don’t have an old favourite in the area where you like to stay and play gold, you could check out our suggestions for a few ideas. We have listed some of our favourite golfing hotels as well as some ‘off the beaten track’ ideas too.

Mar Hall

Mar Hall is an outstandingly beautiful Scottish Edwardian mansion and golf spa hotel that has some real class. The hotel overlooks the Clyde and the Kilpatrick Hills delivers a most attentive service and offers spa facilities, golfing and romantic getaways.

Mar Hall Hotel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Kingsmill Hotel    The Kingsmills Hotel

The Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury 4* spa and resort where you can enjoy a quiet weekend playing a round of golf or watching the Ryder Cup from the comfort of your own room or suite. Join us at the Kingsmills for a toddy. We are only 15 minutes away from the Airport at Inverness.

 

 

 

 

Links House at Royal Dornoch

Links House at Royal Dornoch

Links House at Royal Dornoch is a luxury accommodation with charm, fine dining and a view of the 1st tee at the Royal Dornoch golf club. It is worth spending just a few extra Scottish pounds to experience this place first hand, with the wood panelled library and the Drawing Room filled with antiques and art to ensnare the senses.

Off the Beaten Track

If you fancy a far our experience Turnberry is over on the west coast with their three links courses and high level accommodation, courtesy of Donald Trump. However, if you fancy something completely different we highly recommend Silverdyke Caravan Park, near Anstruther. The brand new family owned and operated park is available for rent and purchase of touring pitches, holiday homes, luxury lodges and caravans. Check them out, or, alternatively, check out the self-catering lodges at Elderburn.

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