A Highland Fling: Romantic Things to Do in Scotland
Scotland might not be the first place you think of when you think of romance -places like France and Italy are much more likely to spring to mind – however, with its rugged, windswept landscapes, cosy rural hideaways and numerous charming attractions, it is actually a great place to take a romantic break with the one you love.
Not convinced? Here are some amazingly romantic things you can do in Scotland right now:
Take the Steam Train
There’s something dreamy about the steam train. Perhaps it’s the fact that it harkens back to simpler times, or that today’s remaining steam trains are much more aesthetically pleasing, not to mention luxurious, than modern trains – who knows – that means they are always a good setting for a travel romance.
If you want to have your own brief encounter in Scotland, take the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig with your partner and have a great time as you watch the stunning Scottish coastal landscapes pass you by while you hold hands, drink champagne and soak up the atmosphere.
Watch the Stars at the Royal Observatory
Of all the things to do in Edinburgh, perhaps the most romantic of all is a visit to the Royal Observatory where you and your love can wonder at the beauty of space as you sit hand in hand. Just check that they are open to visitors on the evenings that you plan to visit.
Get Cosy in a Highland Cabin
The Highlands of Scotland are home to some of the most breathtaking natural scenes in the world, and at this time of year in particular, when the mountains are snow-capped, and it’s cold outside, there is nothing quite so romantic as travelling up there, renting a cottage in some remote Highland location where you can light a fire, snuggle up and forget the outside world after taking a brisk walk in your surroundings.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a great meal with the love of your life, but the average restaurant doesn’t exactly give you the kind of privacy you’d like to get really romantic and show how you feel. That’s not true of Rhubarb – a restaurant just outside of Edinburgh, where you can dine in an intimate setting, just for two with your own private waiter and some of the finest Scottish delicacies, including smoked salmon and traditional haggis. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Cruise Loch Lomond
Scotland’s lakes are some of the most pristine, and due to the rugged nature of the surrounding landscape, they are pretty romantic in a Wuthering Heights kind of way too. So, if you’re looking to spend some quality time with your partner, you could do a lot worse than to cruise the banks of Loch Lomond for a kind of peaceful, companionable tranquility that it’s hard to find in the hustle and bustle of modern life, especially if you stop off at one of the many uninhabited islands you’ll find along the way.
So, there you have it, Scotland really is a romantic holiday destination!