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Must-Visit Romantic Breaks in Scotland

It makes sense that one of the most picturesque parts of the United Kingdom is almost one of the most romantic places for a mini-break. Thanks to VisitScotland’s handy Minimoon Guide here is an inspirational list of all the best places to visit for a romantic break.


+ Head to the city for a relaxing spa break

Indulge in 4-star luxury accommodation at one of the finest country house hotels in Edinburgh.  Norton House Hotel & Spa provides the perfect romantic destination with all the right ingredients for you to spend some much-needed quality time together. The hotel’s ‘Romantic Getaways’ package offers everything from a glass of champagne on arrival, fine dining at the award-winning Brasserie restaurant and even late checkout! To top it all off, why not book from one of the many relaxing spa treatments that they have to offer.

Norton House Hotel & Spa, Newbridge

+ Explore the natural wonders of East Lothian

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and head towards East Lothian for an affordable break. Stay in one of the fabulous treehouses at Harvest Moon Holidays while surrounding yourself in nature with chicken, rabbits and lambs seen on the grounds during the warmer weather. The region boasts a range of different activities for couples to enjoy as well, from scenic beach and woodland walks to sand dune sledging and sea swimming.

Harvest Moon Treehouses, Dunbar

+ Play on a championship golf course in Glasgow

Nothing beats a romantic spa break! Why not stay in luxury 5-star accommodation at Mar Hall Golf & Spa Retreat in Glasgow? The recently refurbished hotel provides a tranquil woodland setting while overlooking the River Clyde, with scenic views of the Kilpatrick Hills to admire too. Enjoy a relaxing pamper session with the wide range of spa treatments that are on offer and for the keen golfing couples out there, play a round or two of golf on its championship golf course.

Mar Hall Golf & Spa Retreat, Bishopton

+ Discover Oban’s rich history on your romantic trip

Be treated like royalty at Barcaldine Castle – Argyll’s only ancient castle, complete with bed & breakfast facilities. Situated on the shores of Loch Creran, take in the beautiful scenery while you sample some of the region’s culinary delights and if you’re a history lover make sure to visit Kilmartin Museum.

Barcaldine Castle, Argyll

+ Uncover some of the very best of Argyll’s hidden gems

For a romantic valentines, live life in luxury at Ardanaiseig Hotel. Voted by UK Good Hotel Guide as the most romantic hotel for two years running in 2017 and 2018, this impressive hotel nestled in 120 acres of woodland on the shores of Loch Awe makes it the perfect destination to get away from it all. For nature lovers, the hotel offers a photography package for guests to capture some shots of the amazing wildlife around its grounds. Go fishing at Loch Awe where someone will be on hand to help you catch the resident brown trout, or go on a tailored guided tour around Argyll and the West Highlands with Lord Andrew Gray Tours, discovering the very best of Scotland’s rich history and culture, as well as exploring delicious food and drink.

Ardanaiseig Hotel, Kilchrenan

+Have the ultimate fairy-tale experience at Atholl Palace

Each room is complete with its own unique furnishings, and all boast spectacular Pitlochry scenery. Not only does the hotel feature great views but there is also the chance to make your couples trip even more magical during the autumn months by immersing yourself in the multi-award-winning light and sound experience, The Enchanted Forest in Faskally Woods.

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry

+ Immerse yourself in nature on the beautiful island of North Uist

Head to the Outer Hebrides and explore its wild landscape for a cheap romantic retreat idea. With its rocky coastlines and beautiful beaches right on your doorstep, North Uist Retreat is the perfect picturesque destination giving you the opportunity to explore Scotland’s wildlife and natural fauna. Once you have finished exploring for the day, kick your feet up and watch the world go by as you take in the mesmerising views of the Atlantic Ocean. Seafood lovers will also not want to miss out on trying some of the UK’s freshest shellfish.

Uist Forest Retreat, North Uist Island

+ Take in Uig Bay’s stunning coastal scenery

A beach lover’s dream! There is nothing more magical than a beach holiday in Scotland, whatever the weather. Perched above the incredible Uig Bay with its picturesque views, white sandy beaches and dazzling turquoise waters to rival the Caribbean, Beach Bay Cottage will certainly make your mini break one to remember!

Beach Bay Cottage, Isle of Lewis

+ Treat yourselves to a romantic spa break at Stobo Castle

If you’re looking for the ultimate mini-spa break look no further than Stobo Castle – Scotland’s only destination spa! Located near Peebles, feel like a pampered pooch while you relax and indulge from a wide range of spa treatments. Enjoy a relaxed lunch in between treatments and in the evening put on your glad rags to enjoy a delicious 3-course meal. If you’re partial to a cocktail or two, head upstairs to the cocktail lounge with over 30 different drinks to choose from.

Stobo Castle, Peebles

+ Escape to a cosy cottage retreat in Aviemore

If you’re looking to get off the beaten track, Aviemore is the place to be! The Black Grouse Lodge is a hidden gem for couples who wish to live life in luxury. Stay cosy indoors while you enjoy stunning views of the Cairngorms mountain range – from Lairig Ghru to Ben Macdui, the Highlands’ scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

The Black Grouse Lodge, Aviemore

+ Go on a romantic summer getaway at Achnagairn Castle

Love is in the air at Achnagairn Castle! Awarded the best wedding venue in Britain by Harper’s Bazaar, this charming castle opens its doors during the summer months as a boutique hotel, giving couples the chance to indulge in a spot of luxury before heading back to the busy bustle. Of course, no castle would be complete without beautiful grounds; and Achnagairn Castle certainly does not disappoint! Soak up the stunning views and atmosphere by going on a leisurely stroll around its grounds or why not enjoy some outdoor activities including archery, fishing, segway riding and much more.

Achnagairn Castle, Kirkhill

+ A luxury lodge retreat in Pitlochry

If lodges are more your thing then why not book a romantic getaway at Braes Lodge in Pitlochry.  Cocoon yourself in luxury surroundings, set amidst the very heart of Highland Perthshire, while relaxing in the hot tub on the balcony and watching the world go by. There are also plenty of attractions nearby to make the most of your mini-break, including Blair Castle, Highland Adventure Safaris and Castle Menzies. As it’s a special occasion, why not push the boat out with the lodge offering couples to take a spin out on a Morgan sports car to enjoy the very best of Highland Perthshire’s spectacular landscape?

Braes Lodge, Pitlochry

+ Stay in a boathouse in Angus

Looking for something a bit different for your romantic getaway? Well oh buoy don’t we have the perfect place for you! Tucked away in the Angus countryside, this beautifully converted former boathouse at Forbes of Kingennie is a peaceful sanctuary for couples who wish to invest in some relaxation time. Start your day by waking up to the sound of birds chirping through the trees and sit out on the balcony enjoying the picturesque views while having breakfast. Guests are also more than welcome to use the facilities that are on-site, including the Waterside Restaurant to enjoy the very best seasonal dishes, or swing by the Kingennie Golf Course and battle it out with your partner on a range of golf challenges.

Leannan Boathouse, Dundee

+ Stay on a boat in the very heart of the Capital

A city break with a twist, the Edinburgh Green Boat is a great way to see the city from a different perspective for a cheap couples break in the UK. You and your partner will feel right at home upon arrival when you are both provided with a range of luxurious goodies including bathrobes, slippers and even a foot spa. Take a seat outside on the deck and watch the city unfold throughout the day and with its central location, you’re never far away from a good restaurant or visitor attraction. So, water you waiting for?

Edinburgh Green Boat, Edinburgh

+ Receive first-class, royal service in Dumfries & Galloway

Enjoy Springkell’s regal surroundings just like the Duchess of Cambridge did when she stayed here the night before her wedding. Be waited on hand and foot as you relax in the beautiful and spacious rooms while having a good night’s sleep in the Emperor beds.
Whether you are planning to stay in luxury accommodation or somewhere that’s a bit quirkier, we hope that we have inspired and fuelled some more ideas for your romantic mini-break to Scotland.

Springkell, Lockerbie

If any of these tickle your fancy, why not contact Visit Scotland for booking information and Easirent will sort your car hire out for the duration of your trip so you can cruise in style together for less. We rent Audis, Mercedes, Luxury Volvos, BMW 5 Series, and much more from prices as low as £9.99 a day. We have locations at all the airports and in Glasgow and Edinburgh city centres for easy pick-up.

With thanks to Visit Scotland

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