13 Top Holidays in Scotland for Couples

Introduction

Holidays in Scotland for couples are a fantastic choice when planning a getaway two, perhaps to celebrate a special occasion, like a honeymoon, anniversary or Valentine’s treat. Maybe you are searching for a weekend break to spend some quality time with your loved one, where you can snuggle up in front of an open fire, enjoy gastronomic delights or “bag a munro”.

Whether you want to take long walks together on a deserted beach, immerse yourself in history or enjoy the plethora of sights in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, this stunning country has something for everyone.


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From lighthouses and castles, to luxury spa hotels, remote island hideaways and hot tub cottages to sleek city apartments, you will be spoilt for choice.

Read on to find our top picks for Scottish holidays for couples….

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​Edinburgh - Who needs Paris?

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, couples on holiday in Scotland never fail to be impressed with the romanticism of this cosmopolitan capital.


Visiting during the winter? Why not spend the evening gazing at the stars at the Royal Observatory, Enjoying an August break? A visit to one the famous “Fringe Festival shows is a must.

Let the romance begin


Walk hand-in-hand on Portobello beach, go ice-skating, or cuddle up on a scary ghost tour.

Make your own chocolates at Coco’s Chocolate School or cuddle up to a cat and enjoy a scrumptious cake at Maison de Moggy.


Finish your day by splashing out on a candlelit meal at the Witchery, where you can dine in Baroque opulence at one the UK’s most romantic restaurants, in the shadow of the castle

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​The Highlands - The ultimate getaway

The Highlands offer everything needed for a Scottish romantic getaway. Scenic walks, crystal clear lochs, majestic castles and a warm Caledonian welcome.

What to do in the Scottish Highlands?


No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to a whiskey distillery and Old Pulteney in Caithness offers a 2-hour tour with tasting at the end and is one of the best.


Visit the super-cute baby polar bear and get up close and personal with amazing creatures at Highland Wildlife Park, visit Urquhart Castle or experience the awe-inspiring views from the Nevis Range Gondola.


There are so many dining options in the Highlands that you will spoilt for choice and whether you stay in a grand country house, pitch up a tent or stay in a croft you are guaranteed to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Dumfries and Galloway - Home to the most famous wedding venue in the world

Paris, Rome, Venice; all places that spring to mind for romantic short breaks, so you may be surprised to learn that Dumfries and Galloway can hold its own amongst them all.


Miles of deserted beaches, pretty fishing villages, woodland wonderlands, cosy country pubs and a huge choice of accommodation, this exceptional region has something for all tastes, ages and budgets.

Activities for couples taking a romantic break


Loved-up adrenaline junkies can enjoy a double ride with Laggan Outdoors on one of the longest zip-wires in europe or perhaps go horse-riding on the beach together.


Off course, Dumfries and Galloway is also home to possibly the most romantic place on earth and whilst you don’t need to get married at Gretna Green this picturesque town is well worth a visit. Don’t forget to have your photo taken outside the famous Blacksmith Shop, one of the most visited attractions in Scotland.

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​The Isle of Skye - Idyllic Weekends in Scotland For Couples

Whether you are watching the magical sunset from the bay at Talisker, enjoying a meal at the world-famous Three Chimneys or exploring the enchanted “Fairy Pools” The Isle of Skye offers the ultimate romantic break in Scotland.


Take a boat trip from Portree with the fantastic Stardust you may be lucky and see the majestic sea eagles, or even Minke Whales from viewpoints at the north of the Island.

Spend quality time together


Take a leisurely stroll to Neist Point lighthouse, if you are looking for something more energetic to do together why not climb the Cuillin, the 12 munroes here offer the best walking and climbing in the Country. Check out Walking Highlands for all the routes available for various levels of ability.

Of course water-sports are never far away on this idyllic island paradise, why not try sea kayaking or view the island from above with an exciting plane tour.

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​Cairngorms National Park - Wild and romantic

The Cairngorms are a magical place to escape too at any time of the year. Visit in Autumn as the leaves change to magnificent shades of red, brown and orange, or brave the region in Winter when the scenery never fails to impress and provides photo opportunities galore.

Spend a day being pampered at the Cairngorm Beauty Therapy and Spa where you will feel your stresses melt away.

The more adventurous can experience one of the wealth of outdoor activities on the doorstep from skiing to white-water rafting, off road driving to a leisurely day’s fishing.

The perfect picnic spot 


Take your camera and head to the Lin of Dee, this breathtaking river location is a popular spot to propose, or you could simply drink in the views together and enjoy a posh picnic. 

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​The Isle of Mull - A top choice for romantic breaks in Scotland

For couples who want to get away from it all, there is no better spot for a Scottish couples break than the Isle of Mull. Surrounded by incredible scenery and teeming with wildlife it’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries.

Nature Scotland runs photography courses, wildlife tours and star-gazing experiences, ideal for couples and the glorious beaches will have you thinking you’re in the Caribbean.

Explore the islands


Take the 10-minute ferry ride to Iona, where you can explore the famous Iona abbey, and stroll hand in hand amongst the quaint white-washed houses and shops. Discover Fingal’s cave on Staffa or the stunning Treshnish Isles

You can enjoy some of the best seafood in Scotland at Cafe Fish in Tobermory. Marvel at the spectacular sunset as you tuck into langoustines and delicious fresh lobster. 

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​Glasgow - Vibrant nightlife and culture galore

Famous for the “Glasgow kiss” (one you do not want to experience) you may be surprised to learn there are tons of romantic places to visit and things to do in this vibrant city. Enjoy a picnic in Kelvingrove Park which is absolutely lovely on a dry day and don’t miss the fascinating Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

Stroll down Ashton Lane, Glasgow's prettiest street, packed with quirky shops and restaurants, ideal for a romantic meal.

Perfect at any time of year


In the winter there’s nothing better than relaxing in front of a toasty fire in a cosy pub and booking a romantic weekend break in Glasgow gives you plenty of options.

Head to Cubatos for tapas and cocktails or for the ultimate in opulence treat yourselves to a glass of bubbly at Champagne Central which can be found in the stylish Grand Central Hotel.

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​Inverness - Monsters and magical scenery

The enchanted landscape surrounding Inverness is perfect for a romantic hideaway in Scotland. Home to fairies, haunted castles and the infamous “Nessie” it is the ideal place to spend quality time together whatever the time of year.

Enjoy some retail therapy in the quirky Victorian Marketplace, its unique shops are the perfect place to pick up a special gift. Take a luxury cruise on Loch Ness with Jacobite where you can snuggle up with a hot drink, and whilst you probably won’t spot Nessie you will certainly view unforgettable scenery.

The food of love

Enjoy a romantic meal on the balcony overlooking the loch at the world-class Mustard Seed restaurant. End your evening with a stroll across one of the illuminated bridges and perhaps steal a kiss under the moonlit sky. 

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​Loch Lomond - Active holidays for couples in Scotland

There are few places in Scotland more romantic than Loch Lomond. Walk hand in hand along the shore or explore the beautiful walled gardens and parks together.

Take a serene boat trip on the loch, during the summer months there is an evening sunset cruise

The more energetic may wish to participate in the vast array of water-sports available such as water-skiing, kayaking and wake-boarding. For more information and details, check out Loch Lomond Wakeboard.

Make memories that will last a lifetime with a sea-plane trip across the loch and the Trossachs National Park enjoy a glass of Prosecco and view the jaw-dropping scenery from a different perspective.

Tying the knot?

There are numerous wedding venues around Loch Lomond if you want to get hitched, and a host of places to stay for a romantic Scottish break. These include luxury self-catering cottages with hot tubs, spa hotels, holiday parks and charming bed and breakfasts. 

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​Stirling - Fall in love with Scotland’s ancient capital

With the river walkway called Lover’s Walk is it any wonder that Stirling is a popular choice for couples holidays in Scotland. It offers fantastic views of the Wallace Monument and is perfect for a summer’s evening stroll.

Step back in time

Steeped in mystery and intrigue Scotland’s grandest castle dominates the skyline and is wonderful day out for history buffs.

Explore the sumptuous interiors and marvel at the spectacular views from the ramparts where you on a clear day you see the Trossachs and beyond

There is no shortage of fine dining in Stirling. Head to Brea, this award-winning restaurant serves the best of Scotland’s larder or Hermanns where you can enjoy Scottish- Austrian fusion food

Choose to stay in a 5-star luxury hotel such as Culcreuch Castle or if you are looking for bargain weekend breaks in scotland for 2, then check out Blair Drummond Caravan Park.

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​The Borders - Ultimate Romance For a Scottish Couples Break

Just north of the border, the picturesque towns, idyllic villages and rolling countryside of the Borders is a great choice for weekends in Scotland for couples.


There are tons of romantic things to do here. You can visit Abbotsford, the exquisite home of Sir Walter Scott, or take a chocolate master class at Cocoa Black’s Chocolate and Pastry School in Peebles.

Luxury in the Borders 


Head to Melrose Abbey in search of Robert the Bruce’s heart or spend the day at Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course.

Here you can have a go at some quintessential Scottish country pursuits such as fly-fishing, clay pigeon shooting with Bisley Shooting. Afterwards settle down in front of a roaring fire for a delicious afternoon tea.


If you’ve ever wanted a romantic castle stay, check out Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrigg, on the banks of the River Esk, where you will find a host of country pursuits on offer, a luxury spa and world-class dining. 

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The Moray Firth - Perfect for Scottish couples holidays

Nature-loving romantics should head to the Moray Firth, the North of Scotland offers seclusion and jaw-dropping scenery.

Take a boat trip out to the bay which is home to over a 100 bottlenose dolphins. No visit to the area would be complete without a visit to Scotland’s “most romantic castle” Dunrobin. Home to the Earl of Sutherland, this fairytale castle is a fantastic day out for couples.

A golfer’s paradise 

There are luxurious places to stay aplenty here, including the Knockomie Hotel a 19th century villa with lavish rooms and four poster beds, and eating out in the area is a delight with locally caught salmon and game on many a menu.


The only whiskey trail in the world is a stone’s throw away, plus there is fishing and a host of world-championship golf courses within easy reach.

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​Orkney - Scottish Holidays for Couples in the Islands

Named the “romantic place in Britain” in 2015 by Mills and Boon (who know a thing or two about romance)

In summer, the days seems to last forever giving you plenty of time to explore and a must see attraction for couples visiting the Orkney Islands is the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm.

Even in winter; Orkney is magical, if you’re lucky you may see the famous Northern Lights and nothing is more romantic than cuddling up together in front of a roaring fire with a wee dram.

Say “I do”

Lots of couples choose to get married on Orkney, the island boasts some of the finest jewellers in Scotland and there are some fabulous locations to tie-the-knot,.

When it comes to Scottish couple breaks Orkney is top of the list and you are guaranteed a warm Orcadian welcome. 


Special places to stay?

Romantic Hideaways in Scotland

Fancy staying somewhere a bit different on your couples holiday north of the border? Well you’re in luck
We’ve compiled a list of the most unique and romantic places to stay in Scotland

A traditional Romany gypsy caravan
Set in grassy meadows near Melrose in the Borders, these gorgeous, hand crafted caravans at Roulotte Retreat offer bags of character and some even have a Japanese-style wooden hot tub!

A Lighthouse
Experience sea views to die for when you stay at, Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, perched on the cliffs of Shetland. Retaining many original features it has been lovingly renovated to create unique holiday accommodation.

Hebridean Huts
Ideal for an intimate weekend together these quirky eco-cabins can be found on an Alpaca farm on the Isle of Lewis and are bursting with little luxuries such as Harris Tweed furnishings. Sit on the deck and watch the waves sipping a glass of champagne. Heaven!

A Castle
Live like royalty when you book a romantic break in a Scottish castle, there are loads to choose from, including Glengorm Castle a sumptuous bed and breakfast on the Isle of Mull and Culzean Castle in Ayrshire where you can stay in a penthouse suite or a self catering cottage in the grounds.

Treehouse/Safari Tent
Harvest Moon near Dunbar boasts several unique holiday accommodations including wooden treehouses, boasting all mod cons their elevated position commands lovely views of the nearby beach and if you prefer sleeping under canvas they also do luxury safari tents.

Narrow boat
View the famous Kelpies as you cruise from Falkirk to Edinburgh in your very own luxury barge. There are family friendly barges along with ones for couples, which offer the ideal secluded romantic getaway.

Landmarks in Scotland - where love is in the air 

The Kelpies
Located in Falkirk these are the largest equine statues in the world and look simply stunning when illuminated, making them a popular attraction with couples on a romantic break and after snapping your photos head to Pierres, this charming French restaurants is one of Falkirk’s hidden gems and perfect for a romantic candlelit meal.

Puck’s Glen
One of the most popular walks in Scotland, this magical trail will have you feeling you have stepped into a fairytale with tumbling waterfalls, rickety wooden bridges and pretty rock-pools.The gorges’ ethereal atmosphere is the perfect spot to steal a secret kiss.

Glenfinnan Viaduct
You are probably surprised to see a viaduct on the list but Glenfinnan Viaduct, nestled in a spectacular landscape is a thing of beauty, especially when travelling by old-fashioned steam train just like they did when it was used in the Harry Potter films.

Dunrobin Castle
Voted the romantic looking castle in the country in a poll by Visit Scotland this fairytale castle which resembles a French chateau, provides the ideal backdrop to a romantic stroll or picnic. Although with over 600 castles to discover each with their own unique story there are others you may fall in love with.

Arthur’s Seat
Best enjoyed in summer, the more energetic of couples can climb this extinct volcano and enjoy spectacular views of Edinburgh. The 257 metre climb can be a bit of a challenge but the incredible scenery, breathtaking views and spectacular sunsets are worth it.

Greyfriar’s Bobby statue
Is there a more unbreakable bond then a dog’s love for his owners. Bobby the little terrier, who guarded his master’s grave for 14 years until his death is one of the most popular attractions in Edinburgh, arguably one if the most romantic cities in the world.


FAQ’s

What to visit in Scotland?
There are hundreds of places to visit in Scotland, from Edinburgh Castle to crystal clear lochs and lush glens. Holyrood Palace to enchanted fairy pools and old-fashioned distilleries. Scotland offers something for everyone and you are guaranteed to fall in love with the scenery.

Best Castles to visit in Scotland?
Edinburgh is the most famous castle in Scotland but there are hundreds to choose from. Majestic Urquhart Castle overlooks Loch Ness and is well worth a visit as is Glamis Castle, Linlithgow Palace and Eilean Donan, which is surrounded by incredible landscape.

Best places to visit in Scotland by car?
Scotland has all the ingredients for a romantic road trip, weave through the dramatic mountains of the Cairngorms National Park explore the East coast and visit Dunnottar Castle or explore the stunning beaches of Dumfries and Galloway.


Final thoughts

Escape together on a romantic holiday in Scotland for couples, not only will it let you spend quality time together, you will fall head over heels with the country too.

Whether you book Scottish log cabin holidays, a cosy cottage in the middle of nowhere, a luxury city apartment or choose a unique option like the ones above you are ensured a romantic break to remember.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history, take part in thrilling outdoor activities, enjoy some late night conversation by a roaring log fire and let Scotland work its magic.

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