A romantic break in Scotland is an ideal pressie for Valentines Day, Christmas or just to show your other half that you are still romantic after all...
Lie back, close your eyes, and imagine this...
Up in the Scottish Highlands, in the middle of nowhere, you are both surrounded by nothing but rugged mountains, gentle flowing rivers and breathtaking scenery. It's autumn and the weather is chilly and crisp. You walk, hand in hand, with the wind beating your faces, along a frost-covered path in the valley between towering snow topped mountains. You are both wrapped up with thick wool scarfs and cosy hats and there is nobody else as far as the eye can see, except perhaps a wild stag, peeking at you through the trees or a majestic Golden Eagle flying overhead.
After your exhilarating walk you both head back to your tiny white-washed cottage. The roaring log fire has kept the house snug and warm and you cosy up on the couch in front of the fire with a dram of whisky, wearing big fluffy slippers (sexy? No, romantic? Yes) and a huge soft blanket. There is nothing to distract you in this gorgeous cottage, just utter peace and quiet. The candles are lit and the music is playing.
So where can you find a gorgeous cottage lie this? How about Ashburn Cottage in Sallachy (Prices and availability here ) or Glacour Studio Cottage in Bridgend (Prices and availability here)
After you've warmed up and before you head to bed you go outside to marvel at a million twinkling stars dotting the night sky. Scotland has some of the largest spreads of dark skies in Europe. You spend time spotting shooting stars and distant planets and keep your fingers crossed that you might just be lucky enough to spot the amazing Northern Lights.
The next day you enjoy a walk to the nearest village for a romantic lunch in a quirky little cafe. After a big mug of hot chocolate you spend the afternoon exploring an ancient castle ruin, once lived in by kings and queens, battered during bloody battles and now abandoned but beautiful with ivy climbing the walls and ghostly whispers barely audible above the fierce wind ducking and diving through the empty window surrounds. You cuddle close as you make your way up the narrow spiral staircase to the top floor and then gaze in awe at the astonishing scenery laid out before you.
If you are having a romantic break in Scotland you should also make sure you enjoy one of our stunning sunsets, maybe from your outside hot tub! You can also have an early morning walk along the beach to watch the sun rise.
Maybe you don't fancy a cottage, maybe you fancy a stay in a traditional Scottish Castle?
You could have a fairytale break in a castle, there are hundreds in Scotland. Traditional bedrooms, grand turrets, spiral staircases and a tonne of fascinating history make a castle stay pretty special. What about Airth Castle near Falkirk (prices and availabilityhere) or the charming Broomhall Castle in Stirling? You could be spending the night where Bonnie Prince Charlie, Mary Queen of Scots or Queen Victoria have stayed, imagine!
Taking a romantic break in Scotland is easy, Scotland is a fairly romantic place. It could perhaps be because it's so cold you just want to cuddle and get cosy!
If you'd prefer to stay in the heart of the city and enjoy fine dining, 5 star hotels and a buzzing nightlife you could base yourself in Edinburgh or Glasgow, then take day tours, or even multi day tours into the country so you get the best of both worlds. In Edinburgh I highly recommend the Apex. There are three Apex Hotels in Edinburgh, two in the Grassmarket and one in Waterloo place. To find more hotels in Edinburgh you can search below.
If you would prefer Glasgow I can highly recommend CitizenM and Abode Glasgow but if you are looking for more hotels in Glasgow you can search below.
If you are feeling especially romantic and are ready to find the perfect spot to propose Scotland is absolutely perfect. You could pop the question on a secluded beach, on soft, white sand as the sun sets, or at the top of one of Scotland's Munros. What about a romantic ruin or at the side of Loch Lomond? Or under the shadow of the Forth Road Bridge or beside the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye? There are so many options you don't even have to choose somewhere before you visit, you will find the perfect place as you explore.
“The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color -- oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples...”
Wherever you choose for your romantic break in Scotland you will have wonderful time. Also, look out for my next post on the Castles for a wedding in Scotland, you know, if your romantic break goes really well.... ;-)