Scotland’s most romantic places to escape to

Days out, Walking

Posted by Kate W on 15th December 2020

Discover a few of Scotland’s most romantic places for your next couples’ break to this remarkable country.

Pink sand beaches, turreted castles, and stylish city centres can all be found scattered across this great country. Scotland is full to bursting with drama and enchantment to make your next holiday with your loved one extra special.

Drop by exciting attractions then sit and unwind in loch-side restaurants during your romantic retreat, or spend your cottage break for two exploring magnificent mountains or exquisite coastline. Below, we give you a few of our favourite romantic places in Scotland so you can give your loved one an unforgettable adventure.

1. Fort William, Highlands

Set under the shadow of the magnificent Ben Nevis, Fort William presents itself as a dramatic town in Lochaber. With a footpath leading to the top of the mountain, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ offers stunning views of Loch Linnhe and facilities for skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking. Stand at the top of the mountain and look out with your loved one for unforgettable memories.

Things to do near Fort William

Ben Nevis is the mountain that Fort William is renowned for so you have got to go for a walk along the mountainside at some point during your trip – there’s no need to hike all the way to the top unless you’re a keen walker! Ben Nevis Distillery, Lochaber Geopark, and the Jacobite Steam Train are other attractions you may like to visit during your romantic getaway to Scotland.

A place to dine out: Ben Nevis Bar

A romantic place to stay: Jacobite Hideaway, Fort William | sleeps 2 and 2 dogs

2. Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye

Steeped in history and available for tours, Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye perches upon the edge of an idyllic loch. Admire original oil paintings, explore magical gardens, bathe in glistening pools and dine in beautiful surroundings. Fantastic for relaxing, this peaceful setting exudes romance.

Things to do on the Isle of Skye

To round off your romantic trip to this Scottish island paradise, ensure you head out on a walk or two in order to uncover the natural beauty of this escape. The Storr, Quiraing and the Fairy Pools are all must-visit attractions scattered across the island, while the Talisker Distillery is an excellent place to stop on a rainy day.

A place to dine out: MacLeod Tables Café

A romantic place to stay: Sulaire, Isle of Skye | sleeps 6 plus 2 dogs

 3 Loch Lomond, Lomond and the Trossachs

The enchanting Loch Lomond is the ideal place for an escape with your partner, with many villages on its banks that provide wonderful bases from which to explore the national park before retreating to your romantic holiday cottage. Enjoy waterside walks and hikes into the mountains in this spellbinding region.

Things to do in Lomond and the Trossachs

Take to the water with a cruise across this magnificent loch and admire the exquisite scenery all around, don’t forget your camera for these unbeatable views. Down at the southern tip of the loch, you’ll find Balloch Castle and Country Park, SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium, and Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre offering further options for wonderful days out.

A place to dine out: Colquhoun's Restaurant

A romantic place to stay: Birchbank Loch View Lodge, Garelochhead | sleeps 2 and 2 dogs

4. Duncansby Head, Caithness

If you are planning a holiday to the wilds of the Highlands, you may want to go all out and escape to Duncansby Head by John O’Groats, one of the best places in Scotland to see the northern lights. All of Caithness provides excellent stargazing territory, yet nothing compares to this remarkable coastal view with the aurora borealis lighting up the sky beyond.

Things to do near John O’Groats

After you’ve got the all-important photo at the famed John O’Groats sign, head over to Gills Bay for a stroll among the low-lying rock and on the pier, visit the picturesque Geo of Sclaites scenic spot, and perhaps pop down to Caithness Broch Centre. This truly is walking country so pull on your hiking boots for scenic rambles and picnics along the North Highland Way – you can also cycle or horse ride this top route.

A place to dine out: Stacks Coffee House and Bistro

A romantic place to stay: Bulchatton Cottage, Lybster | sleeps 2 and 4 dogs

5. House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

As one of Glasgow’s most esteemed wedding venues, House for an Art Lover incorporates fascinating history with exhibitions, a café, a gallery, and all within the grounds of Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park. Its exhibitions will take you on a journey through the years, sparking creative interest within design, art and architecture.

Things to do in Glasgow

The city of Glasgow is full to the brim with places to visit during your romantic getaway to Scotland. Explore the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and soak up some art and culture, step foot in the beautiful Riverside Museum, experience the tranquillity and magnificence of Glasgow Cathedral or make your way around the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Shop, eat and relax as you discover the best of Glasgow on your romantic holiday cottage break.

A place to dine out: La Lanterna

A romantic place to stay: Lochview Oakwood Lodge, Lochwinnoch | sleeps 4 and 1 dog

6. Sandwood Bay, Kinlochbervie

Located in the tranquil harbour village of Kinlochbervie, Sandwood Bay graces the eastern Highlands with a sandy beach, famous for its pinkish sand backed by dunes and a glistening loch. With turquoise waves crashing against the shore, the enchanting area offers cycling, fishing and the chance to spot dolphins and seals. Take a walk along the sand as the sun sets for a memorable evening together.

Things to do near Kinlochbervie

This is the land of beaches and coves so set off along the coast to discover the beautiful sandy shores of Scourie Beach and Sango Bay, the second of which also boasts the magical Smoo Cave and dramatic Cape Wrath. Meanwhile, Inchnadamph Caves (also known as the Bone Caves) sit further inland and provide a fantastic walking circuit to follow. These natural caves aren’t as creepy as they sound, having been named for the ancient fossilised animal bones discovered here in this beautiful setting.

A place to dine out: Old School Restaurant

A romantic place to stay: The Uphouse, Kinlochbervie | sleeps 2 and 3 dogs  

7. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh Old Town

If you’re planning a fun date in the city of Edinburgh, a trip to this unusual museum will leave you both in awe! There’s the Magic Gallery, Light Fantastic, and a whole host of illusions and interactive exhibits set over five floors for you to discover. The perfect place to add a little fun to your holiday adventure – end your trip taking in 360-degree views of Edinburgh from their rooftop terrace, high above the hustle and bustle of the city streets.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Ancient Edinburgh Castle towers over the city and is a magnificent starting point to your adventures on your romantic city break to Scotland. Take a walk through the Royal Mile to get to know this beautiful destination and take in old architecture and the local culture, before popping into one of the many eclectic cafes for a coffee and cake. Arthur's Seat is always popular for walking if you fancy a trip into nature during your holiday, while many more museums and other attractions await in the bustling heart of the city.

A place to dine out: Forth Floor Restaurant

A romantic place to stay: St Bernards Row, Stockbridge | sleeps 2

Map of Scotland’s most romantic places

Keep exploring

We hope you’ve come across a place you love in our selection of the best romantic places to visit in Scotland. There are so many remarkable landscapes, you’re sure to find much more during your next couples’ retreat.

Take a look through our full collection of Scotland cottages for two and discover your perfect cottage break.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.