With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time for us to share some of the most romantic places to visit in Scotland all year round. Take a look at our top picks below.
1. Galloway International Dark Sky Park, Galloway Forest Park
There’s no better way to spend an evening under the stars than at Galloway’s International Dark Sky Park. With very few people living in the 300 square miles of forest and hills, the skies are exceptionally dark. Here, it’s possible to see 7000 stars and the bright band of The Milky Way just with the naked eye. Galloway’s International Dark Sky Park is the fourth Dark Sky Park in the world, and the first in the UK to be named a Gold Tier park for its breathtaking and rare stargazing surroundings.
2. Eilean Donan Castle
An icon of The Scottish Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle sits on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet and is surrounded by the picturesque forested mountains of Kintail. With such a unique fairytale-like location, the 13th century castle is often considered as one of the most romantic castles in Scotland making it the perfect place for couples to visit. Many couples from all over the world have tied the knot at Eilean Donan – we can only imagine how magical their day would’ve been!
3. Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull
Scotland is home to a number of outstanding beaches, but we must say, Calgary Bay on the western coast of the Isle of Mull is at top of the list. With fine white sand and crystal blue water, you’d be forgiven for assuming that you’d stepped right into The Caribbean. Be sure to pack a picnic and a blanket if you visit the beautiful Calgary Bay, or maybe even a tent as wild camping is permitted here too.
4. Loch Lomond
As the inspiration of one of Scotland’s best loved romantic ballads, it could only be the banks of Loch Lomond. There’s no shortage of romantic things to do in Loch Lomond, from strolling hand in hand along the waterfront or through the gardens, to taking a cruise or embarking on a seaplane flight. It’s safe to say that Loch Lomond has played the backdrop to many proposals, and it’s not hard to see why.
5. Woodman’s Hut, Cairngorms
Nestled in the woods near Aviemore, the Woodman’s Hut is a rustic little cabin designed entirely for couples and completely built with self-sufficiency in mind. It’s the perfect place to go and escape from the world for a few days, or however long you like. The hut’s key features include a king-sized box bed with windows looking out into the forest and a skylight to gaze at the canopy of stars.
Orkney isn’t just one of the most romantic places in Scotland, in 2015, the island was officially voted as the most romantic place in the whole of the UK by the UK’s number one publisher of romantic fiction, Mills and Boon. Thinking of popping that special question? There’s no better location than here. With the highest proportion of craft jewellery in the UK, you’ll have no trouble finding a beautiful handmade gift for a loved one.
7. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
Also voted as the most romantic place in the UK by Mills and Boon in 2018, the Isle of Skye Fairy Pools is a truly magical place of outstanding natural beauty. The crystal-clear Fairy Pools lie at the foot of the Cuillin mountains on the Isle of Skye. Visitors must embark on a stunning 2.4km hike through the gravel path amongst grass, heather peat and rocks to reach the fairy pools. In the summer, the fairy pools make an ideal spot for some wild, but possibly cold swimming.
8. Edinburgh City Centre
Not everyone needs to be whisked away to idyllic yet secluded spots to feel the love, city breaks are just as good. With plenty of fine dining restaurants and classy bars, luxurious hotels and lots of sightseeing attractions, Scotland’s capital makes the ideal getaway for lovers.
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