Scotland – as romantic as your imagination allows it to be

I saw a competition being run for bloggers by Sykes cottages where they were asking us to blog about why Scotland can be deemed a romantic destination. The competition was brought on by their own research that found only 5% of the 2,390 polled would consider a romantic break in Scotland.

FIVE PERCENT?!!!!

Regardless of the fact it’s a competition I feel compelled to write a post on exactly why Scotland is romantic, beautiful and the perfect place to come if you want a romantic getaway. Heck my brother drove his the girlfriend 400miles North to propose on a desolate beach – if Scotland wasn’t romantic would she have said a big fat YES?!

Scourie Beach

Don’t say I’m not romantic!

So let’s start this post with probably the main reason why Scotland doesn’t spring to mind as a romantic destination…the weather…

Yes, it can be dreich and Yes, it can be cold but it can also be crisp, clean, dry and wonderfully hot not to mention perfectly snowy in Winter. Here is a my breakdown of why I love Scotland season by season.

Spring:

For some reason when spring comes I always like a city break and for me no city break can beat Edinburgh. It has everything you could want from culture to parks to cosy bars and underground ghost trips where you can scare yourself witless and be comforted by your handsome hunk!

Another holiday we had in Spring was Arran where we were lucky enough to have crisp clear days and snowy, cold nights. It’s a brilliant getaway in Spring when the flowers are appearing and you just need to get out in the fresh air and blow those Winter cobwebs away.

Other suggestions:

  • An early camping trip in Glen Etive where you can watch deer from your tent.
  • For a romantic stay in a haunted hotel on the binnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond try the Drovers Inn.

Summer:

In Summer a romantic holiday means long lazy days on the beach, beautiful views and a more remote location that we can have to ourselves.

We had a lovely, remote and relaxing holiday in Scourie on the West coast. The weather was fantastic, beaches are clean and empty, wildlife spotting was great and we were staying in a lovely little village with no mobile reception so it was just us with no interruptions. From Scourie it’s an easy and massively fun drive/boat trip to get up to Cape Wrath (the most north-westerly point in the mainland United Kingdom). You can visit Handa Island and whether you’re a bird spotter or not (we’re not) you still can’t fault the tranquility of the island or the spectacular views up and down the coast.

Other suggestions:

  • Anstruther and the Isle of May to see puffins
  • Camping on Mull to snuggle under a blanket waiting to see otters.

Autumn:

My absolute favourite weather is a crisp sunny Autumnal day with beautifully coloured leaves and cold enough for a scarf and gloves.

The perfect location for a day like that has got to be up around Aberdeenshire and when it’s Autumn it’s stunning with loads of greeneery to show off thoe Autumn colours. As it’s somewhere that doesn’t catch as much rain as the West it does crisp, cold days well and places like Haddo House, Craigievar Castle, Haughton Park, Crathes Castle and Castle Fraser are ideal and what’s more romantic than a castle or a country park?

Other suggestions:

  • Coldstream for Autumn colour and speaking from experience, I can say it’s also the perfect place to get married – more romantic than getting married..?!
  • Portpatrick for fantastic seafood, a great atmosphere and brisk walks along the coast.

Winter:

Winter in Scotland means snow and to a lot of people that means the or Cairngorms for skiing. To us it means log fires, cosy lounges, good food and hopefully (for the Husband) a good whisky selection.

One Winter we braved the roads and drove up to Loch Tummel in Perthshire. We stayed in the Dunalastair Hotel which is a lovely hotel with cosy fires and snug areas where you can snuggle up with your hunny-bun in peace and quiet. As for a whisky bar this hotel has a tiny whisky room with loads of different bottles to sample, the Husband even managed to find one I liked which is no mean feat!

Other suggestions:

  • Glasgow for a theatre trip, some Christmas shopping and a hotel with one gigantic bed!
  • Dumfries and the Galloway Forest for dark skies and stargazing with hot chocolate and a blanket to snuggle under.

Scotland Photo P*rn – feast your eyes…

Convert the other 95%

Want to join in with the competition and say why you think Scotland is a fantastic, romantic and inspiring place to win £350.00 worth of Sykes Cottages vouchers? Then all you need to do is read the instructions and follow 5 small steps on the Sykes website.

I nominate:

Ihearttravel began as a travel blog for the Fiance and I but over the years circumstances have changed and it’s now the travel/holiday version of www.and1makes4.co.uk for all our family activities and places we love to visit. Less of the exciting trips to California an the likes and more of the UK :-)