Romantic breaks in Scotland
Weekend breaks in Scotland are a wonderful way to keep the romance alive: as one of the UK's most alluring countries, Scotland has spectacular landscapes, historical cities and a wealth of fantastic attractions, all topped off with a healthy dose of mystery and magic. Stroll through ancient, cobbled streets in Edinburgh and learn about the city's fascinating past, go sailing on a loch in Scotland's west coast, or get your hiking boots on and climb a Scottish mountain.
Top places to visit in ScotlandOf course, the most important thing when planning romantic weekend breaks is finding the perfect accommodation. Yes, Scotland has an abundance of exclusive hotels (with expensive price tags to match!) but for unrivalled privacy and space, choose private holiday rentals from HomeAway. We have hundreds of Scottish properties, whether you want to find peace and tranquility around the Cairngorms National Park, or a city-centre apartment in Scotland's capital. For romantic weekend breaks in Scotland, find the perfect hideaway with HomeAway.
Edinburgh is widely regarded as Scotland's most beautiful city, and provides the perfect setting for a romantic weekend break. Hike up to the top of Arthur's Seat for panoramic views across the city, or take a stroll down the Royal Mile before having a wee dram! There are lots of wonderful spots to take a picnic on a sunny day: head for the beautiful Botanic Gardens, travel out to the picturesque town of Leith, or spend a day on the beach at Victorian seaside town Portobello. Whether you're on a tight budget or out to indulge, Edinburgh has plenty to keep couples entertained.
Glasgow is one of Scotland's most vibrant and colourful cities, brimming with as many museums and galleries as it has lively pubs and clubs. If the sun makes an appearance, spend the day lazing in Kelvingrove Park; if the Scottish weather's at its worst, enjoy lunch in the beautiful Willow Tea Rooms, designed by famed Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. In the evenings, book a concert at the SECC, or indulge with a meal at one of Glasgow's top gourmet restaurants. With fantastic shopping opportunities and plenty of attractions, Glasgow's a great destination for that romantic weekend away.
The Scottish Highlands are a far cry from the lowlands: rugged, vast and untamed, they provide a secluded and spectacular setting for romantic weekend breaks. Visit ancient Celtic monuments and standing stones, take in some of Scotland's best whisky distilleries, or spend your days hiking over the magnificent, heather-clad peaks. You could always catch a ferry to one of the islands off the coast too, and make the most of your time away: Skye, Lewis and Harris are all within easy reach, providing an alternative setting for that romantic stroll.
Argyll & Stirling
Scotland's west coast is absolutely stunning, with enormous swathes of sand, crashing oceans and dramatic cliffs. Argyll is a great spot in which to try sailing or even scuba diving, with secluded bays and beaches, overlooked by the high peaks of mountains. Of course, if the wilderness doesn't fit with your idea of a romantic holiday, why not head to Stirling for an alternative city break? With its beautiful castle, abundance of gardens and quaint villages nearby, it's the quintessential Scottish romantic destination.
Romantic breaks in Perthshire are all about strolling through vast forests, admiring the area's abundance of wildlife, and visiting a multitude of historical attractions. Scone Palace, the centuries-old seat of Scottish royalty is here, as is the picturesque town of Pitlochry, where you can see salmon making their way upstream to Loch Faskally. Venture into the hills of Cairngorms National Park to find an excellent network of walking trails, where you can spot deer and even ospreys, or rent a boat for the day and sail over the magnificent Loch Tay.
Things to do in Scotland: Romantic weekend activities
Romantic walks might not seem original, but Scotland's magnificent landscapes are best appreciated on foot. From Loch Lomond to the Isle of Skye, and from the Trossachs to the Scottish Borders, Scotland has some of the best walking trails in the UK. If you'd rather head for the seaside than the Cairngorms or Munroes, know that Scotland's beaches can prove ridiculously cold! But bring a jumper and brave the sea breeze, and you'll be rewarded with unparalleled views and seclusion. Sometimes entirely deserted, the beaches of the Highlands are covered in enormous sand dunes and swathes of grass, perfect for hand-in-hand walks.
Of course, if isolation isn't at the top of your agenda for a romantic weekend break, immerse yourself in Scottish culture in the country's greatest cities and towns. Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, wrote some of the greatest love poems of all time: you can take a tour of various locations associated with the poet, including his birthplace in Ayr, his watering hole the Globe Inn, and his writing desk on show in Edinburgh. Why not top it off with a dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties, washing it all down with the finest dram of whisky? This is Scotland, after all!