Romantic Breaks – Highlands and Hotels in Scotland

We’ve all seen Braveheart, and fancied our chances of being swept away by the romance of the Scottish highlands in true traditional style. The fact is, though, not all men look great in kilts (knobbly knees can be a problem), and tents aren’t always that romantic either, as I once discovered on a rainy weekend in the Lake District.

Thankfully, hotels in Scotland offer romance and luxury with contemporary comfort, whilst still surrounding you with the traditional scenery of Braveheart fame.

Here are my tips on romantic things to do and see on a break with your nearest and dearest in Scotland.

Hike in the Highlands

The historic region of Scotlandknown as the Highlands is a huge area incorporating mountains, lochs and forests. If you and your partner are adventurous types, then climbing Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, is a massive achievement that will make your holiday exciting and memorable. With a low population and huge expanses of wilderness, the Highlands are the perfect place to find seclusion and see Scotland exactly as it was in the times of the clans. Ancient rock formations, waterfalls and placid lochs give you the impression of having stepped outside of modern living, and you can hike trails at certain times of year without seeing a soul.

 

Island Escapes

Renting a secluded cottage on the Isle of Skye or the Hebrides is perfect for a romantic getaway. The western islands are known for their breathtaking landscapes, with windswept meadows and rocky headland softened by pale beaches and endless expanses of wild blue ocean. Traditional cottages that have been renovated for luxury living often include open fires, traditional wooden beams and elegant bathrooms providing the perfect setting for romantic evenings. Get the candles burning, listen to the wind in the chimney stack and cook up a hearty Scottish feast with luxury whiskey to sip by the fire before bed.

City Break to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, and is the ideal location for a romantic break full of culture and history. The three thousand year old castle is steeped in history and myth, with panoramic views across the antique streets of the city. Edinburgh Festival runs through most of August with comedy, theatre and literary events taking place in locations across the city. Book tickets to see your favourite performers and stay in one of Edinburgh’s luxury hotels. There are also major art galleries in Edinburgh including the National Gallery of Scotland and the Modern Art Museum. Take a trip to Rose Street and shop for handmade jewellery to commemorate your romantic occasion and dine in one of Edinburgh’s world class restaurants for an unforgettable night out.

When you’ve decided which romantic holiday option best suits you, all that’s left to do is book the accommodation. With luxury hotels, castles and cottages all over the country, finding the perfect romantic base for your Scottish adventure shouldn’t be a problem.

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