Romance in the Highlands: Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Getaway

The Scottish Highlands provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s getaway. The region has attracted visitors from all over the world thanks to its splendid unspoilt beauty and this includes couples who are honeymooning or who just want to spend time together in a romantic location.

In the Highlands, there’s something to suit everyone’s idea of a romantic weekend away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Plus it doesn’t get much better than choosing Dunalastair Hotel Suites as the right honeymoon hotel in Scotland if you’re planning to tie the knot in the Highlands.

The Perfect Stargazing Location

Scotland boasts big open skies which are perfect for stargazing and there’s nothing more romantic than being outside on a chilly winter’s evening looking up at the stars. February may be a colder month but wrapped up warmly works wonders especially if you take along a flask of something to warm you both up.

You’ll enjoy a wonderful vista of the Milky Way with all the planets, stars and other celestial bodies on a clear, cloudless night thanks to the low light pollution in areas away from the towns. Plus, there are two internationally recognised Dark Sky Parks, one in Dumfries and Galloway which is the Galloway International Dark Sky Park and the other is in Moray being Tomintoul and Glenlivet.

Book a whisky tour to savour Scotland’s finest tipples

Dornoch whisky

Some amazing distilleries in the region that offer guided whisky tours and tastings of Scotland’s finest tipple. It’s a great way to learn the history of whisky and what goes into producing it.

Plus there are more than fifty distilleries in Speyside alone so there are lots to choose from when organising a guided tour or two!

Discover the Highland’s fabulous eateries

There’s a wealth of fantastic eateries in the Highlands. It includes our Monadh Restaurant which offers a bespoke menu with all ingredients locally and sustainably sourced. There’s nothing more romantic than a candlelit evening meal in a gorgeous setting.

You’ll discover cosy, quaint cafés, traditional Highland pubs and delightful bakeries in many of the small towns and villages in the region too. Perfect for a quick stop after an exhilarating romantic walk through a beautiful region. 

Get lucky and witness the Northern Lights

northern lights

If you’re really lucky during a weekend stay at a romantic hotel in Scotland, you may even get to witness a superb display of the Northern Lights.  The best times are between October and March which makes for a truly memorable experience.

Discover Scotland’s brilliant ski centres

Snow sports in Scotland are exceptional and the best time to enjoy an exhilarating day on the slopes is between December and March. It’s a time when there’s a more than average chance of snow covering the hills, perfect for sledging, skiing or snowboarding.

There are three ski centres to choose from which are:

  • The Lecht
  • The Cairngorms
  • Glenshee Ski Centre

You can hire all the equipment needed to enjoy a fabulous day out on the slopes. Plus there are cafés and gift shops at each of the centres. For novices, there are beginner’s classes and for the more experienced, there are some amazing runs to enjoy.

At the end of the day, there’s a great choice of warm, cosy pubs where you can enjoy a pint of local ale and some traditional Highland pub grub in front of an open fire. 

Explore the Highland wilderness

The Great Moor of Rannoch

You may want to spend a romantic time with a loved one away from the crowds and it doesn’t get much better than exploring an area of Highland wilderness, and there are lots of them to choose from.

You’ll discover majestic peaks, tranquil lochs, rushing rivers, enchanting woodlands and exquisite beaches along the coast. This includes exploring Cairngorms National Park or visiting one of the many majestic castles located in the region.

Highland Lochs have long been known as mysterious and tranquil areas of water that fit the bill perfectly if you want to explore a region. This includes Loch Rannoch which reflects the natural beauty of the area at any time of the year.

You’ll get to explore and discover unspoilt glens, mist covered hills and snow covered peaks in the distance. In short, the Highlands has so many areas of outstanding natural beauty that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

After an exciting, romantic day out exploring an area, what better way to finish things off than to indulge in a candlelit supper in our Monadh restaurant with its cosy corners.

Explore Highland towns and villages

Visiting Highland towns and villages is a great way to spend time with a loved one when visiting the region. Whether it’s a quaint yet vibrant coastal village or a small inland town, you’ll discover many unique shops and eateries offering traditional fare.

There are many towns and villages to choose from which includes Dunkeld, Blair Atholl, Loch Tay, Pitlochry, Kenmore and many more!

Planning a romantic time away in the Highlands with our Enchanting Retreat Package

Romantic Couple

The Highlands has something for everyone when it comes to choosing a romantic outing in an unspoilt setting. Of course, choosing the right romantic Scottish hotel is essential and at Dunalastair Hotel Suites, we pride ourselves on ticking all the right boxes. As an added bonus, we are a pet-friendly establishment that welcomes furry friends.

We are excited to introduce our “Romantic Retreat package”, designed to enhance your stay in the unspoilt beauty of Kinloch Rannoch. This enchanting offer includes a memorable stay complete with a sumptuous 3-course a la carte dinner and a bottle of our finest house wine, adding a touch of elegance to your evening. Wake up to a romantic continental breakfast served in the comfort of your bed, perfect for leisurely mornings spent with your loved one. To ensure your romantic getaway extends just a bit longer, we offer a late checkout, allowing you and your partner to savour every moment of your love-filled escape.

To make a reservation, please call a member of our team on +44 (0)1882 580444 or if you prefer you can contact us via email at

We look forward to welcoming you soon at our award-winning romantic Scottish hotel!