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7 Most Romantic Places in Scotland for Couples

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Lochs and lush landscapes, castles and cathedrals all play a part in creating these seven most romantic places for couples in Scotland that you can explore and experience during your personalized trip.

Spending time in the Scottish Highlands, picnics in tranquil settings, roaming castle ruins, and finding lavish gardens can create the perfect ambiance for any type of couple by promising the chance to bask in the beauty of breathtaking Scotland.

Whether eager to create an elaborate romantic getaway or find a single, spirited escape during your trip, you can indulge in the charming Scottish hospitality and add a taste of local cuisine to create your ultimate romantic Scottish experience.

Overview

  1. 1. Edinburgh
  2. 2. Scottish Highlands
  3. 3. Isle of Mull and Calgary Bay
  4. 4. Dumfries and Galloway
  5. 5. Orkney Islands
  6. 6. Isle of Skye
  7. 7. The Trossachs and Loch Lomond
  8. Explore the Most Romantic Places in Scotland for Couples

1. Edinburgh

Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Roaming around Edinburgh Castle arm in arm to experience the sense of royalty in the air along the Royal Mile adds to Edinburgh’s romantic allure. The city offers a great mix of historical charm and modern chic, from monuments to a magnificent palace.

Stroll around the official royal residence in Scotland at Holyrood Palace to find elaborate halls, art-filled chambers, and beautiful gardens. Take a walk up Arthur’s Seat to find the sloping hills that form part of Holyrood Park to enjoy the great views and wide space in which you can relax and enjoy the romantic panorama of the city.

Recommended Length of Stay: 3-4 days

2. Scottish Highlands

Glenfinnan railway viaduct with the Jacobite steam train in Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

Lochs and mountains, villages and castles, all surrounded by breathtaking countryside, make the Scottish Highlands one of the most romantic regions in the country. The Ben Nevis mountains set a dramatic backdrop to the many romantic experiences in the area.

Take a train ride on the Jacobite Steam train that runs between Fort William and Mallaig to embrace the combination of stunning scenery and historic architecture as you travel over the viaduct near Glenfinnan and past small Loch Shiel. Enjoy a picnic in the redwoods near picturesque Glen Coe, visit a traditional castle, and revel in famous Highlands adventure in a truly romantic way.

Recommended Length of Stay: 3-4 days

3. Isle of Mull and Calgary Bay

View of villages of Kilmore and Dervaig on Isle of Mull

Isle of Mull, Scotland

This romantic destination is situated in the inner Hebrides and features a long coastline running around the island and connecting peninsulas. Trails and viewpoints await discovery as you visit unusual rock formations and a rich geological history to find timeless natural intrigue.

The dramatic crags and sandy beach of Calgary Bay offer the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Stone fort ruins and Calgary Castle complete the fairytale ambiance. Abandoned villages add a sense of mystery against the calming sounds of birdlife that invite couples to spend time in the lull of nature.

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

4. Dumfries and Galloway

River Nith and old bridge at sunset in Dumfries, Scotland

Dumfries, Scotland

This dramatic southwest coastline in Scotland serves as a playground for visitors, with activities ranging from gentle hikes to romantic cycling excursions, exciting windsurfing to surprising snorkeling at incredible reefs.

Visit Scotland’s second-oldest lighthouse on the Solway Firth to capture an exquisite sunset. Explore the quaint village of Auchencairn to view the charming cottages or enjoy a quieter day in the bucolic landscape of a secluded alcove on Loch Ken.

Wander the historic market town of Dumfries, admire Scotland’s oldest multi-arched bridge, and lay in Dark Sky Park in Galloway to find the glorious night sky shimmering above.

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 days

5. Orkney Islands

Whiskey tasting in Scotland

Orkney Islands, Scotland

Located on Scotland’s north coast, dramatic cliff sides, idyllic beaches, and quaint coastal villages make for the Orkney Islands’ storybook ambiance. In the fall and winter, the sky fills with the ultimate show of the Northern Lights.

Away from the lights, you can enjoy a private whisky tasting and a passionate dinner set to candlelight. Cycle along the coastline or take a slow stroll to see lighthouses and a number of famous attractions, from Skara Brae to St Magnus Cathedral, as well as hidden gems like Quoyness Cairn.

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 days

6. Isle of Skye

Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Isle of Skye is one of the most-visited parts of Scotland and home to a variety of romantic settings, experiences, and adventures. Take a catamaran ride from Portree and relax on calm waters with a glass of champagne in hand and the promise of delish seafood.

Consider a guided wildlife adventure by boat to enjoy a unique view of the land and sea. Learn about the importance of local castles and marvel at their magnificence as they tower over the scenery. Take a swim in the Fairy Pools at Glen Brittle, walk to Neist Point Lighthouse, or walk the Quiraing Loop in northern Skye for a fantastic view of your surroundings.

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

7. The Trossachs and Loch Lomond

View of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland

The Trossachs and Loch Lomond, Scotland

From famous Scottish personalities William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Mary Queen of Scots to well-known writers such as Sir Walter Scott, the Trossachs is an important historical part of Scotland and offers unique opportunities for romance.

Sail one of the many lochs, spend some time in the quiet ambiance fishing, or simply absorb the peaceful atmosphere of the surrounding setting. Loch Lomond is the most popular and the United Kingdom’s largest expanse of fresh water. Spectacular Ben Lomond mountain stands in the background for a sign that this region of Scotland promises you romantic memories.

Recommended Lenght of Stay: 2-3 days

Explore the Most Romantic Places in Scotland for Couples

Couple enjoys view and sunset in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

There is certainly something extremely romantic about water and mountains, and Scotland is a country that sets the scene for pure romance, no matter which you prefer.

Explore the sites of villages and cities, embrace the breathtaking countryside, and take advantage of the night skies filled with sparkling stars using our Scotland Tours & Vacations as inspiration.

Visit our Scotland Guide to learn more and to enquire about your romantic Scottish escape.

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