From the enchanting winter landscapes to the sun-kissed vistas that steal the hearts of visitors throughout the summer, Scotland serves as a haven for romantic getaways right the year round.
Yet when it comes to planning the perfect break for you and your beloved, you need a lot more than the norm. Sure, flowers, candle-lit dinners and cosy nights in might be fine for some, but for the two of you, romance means enjoying experiences that are a true reflection of your unique tastes and personalities.
Luckily, Scotland has those in abundance.
Whether it’s peace and tranquillity or daring adventure that suits you and your significant other, here’s ten unique ideas guaranteed to make your romantic break in Scotland one that will have them falling in love with you all over again.
1: Drive Out to Queen’s View
One of the most famous vantage points in Scotland, the magnificent Queen’s View looks out over a truly spectacular panorama, taking in mile after mile of rolling Highland hills, dense, forests and acres of open waters.
On a clear day, you can see as far as Glencoe, though no matter what the weather, this is the perfect place to drive out to and enjoy some quality alone time, just you, the weather, and the Scottish Highlands at their most beautiful best.
2: Experience the Magic of the Northern Lights
Always thought you had to travel all the way to Iceland to see the Northern Lights?
Many guests at our hotel in Kinloch Rannoch are surprised to learn that, in good conditions, you can take in the magic of Aurora Borealis from nearby Rannoch Moor.
For an even better view, journey further north towards Shetland, Orkney or Caithness and witness the stunning natural displays for yourself.
3: Journey Through an Enchanted Forest
Didn’t get to see the Northern Lights on your romantic break in Scotland? Don’t worry, there is one thing that comes pretty close and is guaranteed to shine bright no matter what the conditions.
Taking place each autumn, The Enchanted Forest is a breathtaking festival of light, colour and sound that really has to be seen to be believed.
A short drive from our luxury hotel in Kinloch Rannoch, this award-winning attraction sees Faskally Wood transformed into a mesmerising attraction that is part spectacular light show, part innovative multimedia display, and part spellbinding performance.
Some 70,000 visitors have attended so far, making it one of Highland Perthshire’s most in-demand attractions, so be sure to book your tickets when they go on sale this month.
4: Go Dolphin and Whale Watching
No matter where you are in Scotland, you’re never too far from a chance to see these spectacular creatures in all their natural glory.
Across the country, you’ll find dolphin and whale watching tours that offer the chance to journey out into the open waters with a trained guide and get up close and personal with some of nature’s most fascinating creatures.
5: Take a Highland Safari
Speaking of fascinating creatures and heading out into the open, what could be more romantic than a journey deep into the heart of the Highland wilderness, meeting Scotland’s famous red deer and a host of native Scottish wildlife in the process.
What’s more, tour operators such as Highland Safaris in Perthshire even offer private tours for that added touch of romance.
6: CONQUER A MOUNTAIN
Together, the two of you share a love that means you can conquer absolutely anything. What better way to prove it than by working in unison to scale one of Scotland’s many magnificent mountains.
If the likes of the 1,334 metre Ben Nevis are too, start off by tackling the impressive Schiehallion Mountain, typically regarded as one of Scotland’s easiest Munros and perfect for beginners.
Not that it’s a walk in the park.
Standing tall and proud in the background of our five-star hotel in Perthshire, the mountain’s 1,083 metres still pose a formidable challenge.
Reach the top, however, and the two of you can share a perfect moment of bliss surrounded by the kind of truly inspiring views you just don’t find anywhere else in the Highlands.
7: Pop the Question in a Historic Castle
From Blair Atholl to Edinburgh and everywhere in between, Scotland’s wealth of historic castles have played host to a veritable Who’s Who of royalty and nobility over the last several centuries.
So, if you’re planning to ask the prince or princess in your life to become your king or queen, there’s no better way to do just that than by getting down on one knee at an ancient Scottish castle.
8: Take to the Skies in a Hot Air Balloon
The perfect addition to any romantic break in Scotland, several companies throughout the country offer unique balloon ride packages complete with champagne and a commemorative certificate.
Most journeys last approximately an hour, meaning there’s plenty of time for the two of you to share a perfect moment together, miles above the earth and as far away from the stresses and strains of life as you can possibly get.
9: Enjoy a Moment of Serenity By the Loch
Gentle waters lapping at the shore, glistening as a radiant sun washes over them. Sprawling hills, valleys and lush forests painting a rich tapestry in the background, that all-too-rare sense of serenity permeating the air…there’s no feeling quite like the one you get when you escape to the oasis of calm and tranquillity created by Scotland’s lochs.
When it comes to really getting away from it all, this is truly the place to be.
10: Enjoy Stargazing at One of Scotland’s Dark Sky Spots
Experiencing Aurora Borealis isn’t the only reason to look up at the stars on your next holiday in Scotland.
Visit Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, and use two powerful telescopes to gaze out into the cosmos at stars that have burned bright for thousands of years, just like the love between the two of you.
Whatever you do decide to do when you get here, add that extra touch of luxury to your next romantic break in Scotland with a five-star stay at the Dunalastair Hotel Suites in Kinloch Rannoch.