Your Guide To Romantic Breaks In Scotland
If you want to wow your new love with a romantic getaway, pop the question in a beautiful setting or rekindle the romance with your life partner, a holiday in the Scottish Highlands is just what the doctor ordered. From charming small towns to majestic, rugged landscapes of mountains, sea and a seemingly endless sky, a vacation in Scotland is the perfect chance to enjoy some alone time with your partner, far away from the worries of your everyday life.
In today’s article, we’ll go over some of the most romantic attractions, hotels and restaurants in Inverness and the Highlands to help you plan your ideal romantic holiday in Scotland.
Inverness is a popular home base for exploring the rest of the Highlands from. Simply set up camp in one of the romantic hotels in Inverness and take some day trips to other of the Northernmost parts of the UK.
That being said, you shouldn’t overlook Inverness itself as there are many romantic things to do in the unofficial capital of the Highlands. Visit one of the many castles in and around Inverness, have a luxurious afternoon tea with your love or catch a show at the Eden Court Theatre.
If you’re looking for a great spot for a romantic proposal in town, the Inverness Botanic Gardens is a great option: getting down on one knee in the tropical setting of one of the greenhouses, with the roar of the garden’s waterfall in the background is sure to make for a memorable moment. In the summer, the wildflower meadow is a beautiful spot for a romantic proposal or just some loved-up selfies.
Another great spot for romance is the Inverness Castle Viewing Platform. The new platform offers amazing views over Inverness and the hills that surround it. While your partner is busy taking in the 360-degree views, get down on one knee with the ring in your hand – the look on their face when they turn around will be priceless!
Get a taste for royal life by visiting one of the many historic castles in the Highlands. Located a 25-minute drive from the centre of Inverness, Cawdor Castle is a 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor is steeped in history and romance. With connections to the classic Shakespeare tragedy of Macbeth, the castle is luxuriously furnished with fine furniture and oil portraits and was once upon a time a hiding spot of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The castle’s three majestic gardens are the perfect backdrop for a romantic stroll and the Courtyard Café offers light bites and bubbly to elevate your day even further.
Dunrobin Castle is another castle straight out of a fairytale. The castle is fashioned in the style of a fine French chateâu and houses an impressive 189 rooms, making it the largest castle in the Northern Highlands. You can take a self-guided tour of some of these fabulous rooms or partake in some falconry in the castle’s garden.
The 16th-century Brodie Castle is also well worth a visit. With the castle garden being home to over 100 varieties of daffodils, this stately home is especially worth a visit in the springtime. The castle’s art collection is impressive, with works by old Dutch masters lining the walls. You and your love can take a guided tour of the castle, spot red squirrels and wildfowl in the garden and relax by the beautiful pond on the grounds for a truly romantic day out.
Breathtaking natural beauty
The nature in the Highlands is truly majestic, and no Scottish holiday would be complete without exploring some of the natural wonders around you. A day out on Loch Ness is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors near Inverness. Did you know that Loch Ness is the lake with the largest volume in all of the UK? Taking a cruise on this huge loch with Jacobite Cruises is a great way to appreciate its beauty and maybe even catch a glimpse of the famous Nessie!
The Cairngorms National Park is an excellent destination for a bit of hiking for all experience levels, whether you’d like a leisurely stroll or hike some of the highest mountains in Britain. There are plenty of tours organised in this massive national park, including bike rides, pony treks and llama treks, so there really is something for everyone. The park is home to a plethora of romantic spots perfect for a proposal – you can find a list of some of the best places for proposing in the Cairngorms here.
Distilleries and delicious dinners
What’s a better way to experience Scottish culture than by visiting one of the Highlands’ many distilleries for a whisky tasting? The Glen Ord Distillery is one of the oldest in the Highlands and offers guided tours as well as a wide variety of whisky tasting experiences just 15 miles from Inverness.
The Glenmorangie Distillery is another one well worth a visit. “Glenmorangie” is Scots for “valley of tranquillity” and tranquil is exactly how you’ll feel as you walk along the sandy beaches of Tain before venturing inside the distillery for an unforgettable whisky tasting experience.
A meal at one of the romantic restaurants in Inverness is a great way to end your day. The Rocpool is a great spot for some fine dining in the centre of town, while the Dores Inn on the banks of Loch Ness offers a charming location for a romantic meal at a picturesque country pub.
Their complementary shuttle bus service makes sure you get there and back in one piece – just make sure to book your table and pick up service at least 24 hours in advance as this is a very popular spot.
The Eight On The River here at the Palace Hotel makes for another ideal setting for a romantic dinner, with views over River Ness and the Inverness Castle, as well as a menu full of delicious favourites from gourmet burgers to Scottish classics.
Or if you fancy venturing a little further afield, visit the Michelin-endorsed Sutor Creek in Cromarty, famous for Scottish seafood and wood-fired pizza. A post-dinner stroll along the beach of this tiny village at sunset gives you a chance to admire some of Cromarty’s famous Georgian fisherman’s cottages.
The perfect romantic hotel in Inverness
The Palace Hotel is the perfect place to stay on your romantic break in Scotland. Situated in the heart of Inverness, right opposite Inverness Castle on the River Ness, it makes for an excellent base for discovering Inverness and its surroundings. For an extra bit of pampering for your romantic break, book a Luxury River View Double Room, with opulent furnishings and your gorgeous view over the river and the castle.
For a touch of real luxury, order room service and enjoy a romantic meal in bed with your loved one or visit the leisure club and spa facilities for a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi, a reinvigorating steam or one of our relaxing spa treatments – the perfect chance to treat your partner to a bit of pampering!