Romance | Posted 22 Jul 2019
A land of lochs and legends, it’s hard not to be intrigued by Scotland. From its stunning natural landscapes to its gorgeous castles, there’s something to amaze visitors at every turn. And if you’re searching for somewhere to enjoy a short break with your other half, you’ll find plenty of romantic places in Scotland.

Wondering exactly how you’ll fill your time? Here are five extraordinary activities to put on your itinerary:

Go back in time in a Scottish castle

Walk in the footsteps of former kings and queens by taking a trip to one of the country’s charming castles. Edinburgh is home to both its namesake fortress positioned on Castle Rock and 16th century Holyrood Palace, which is the Queen’s official home when she’s visiting Scotland.

If you fancy a day trip out of the city, why not take a drive to Sterling Castle? The 12th century castle is famed for being the location of several royal crowning ceremonies, including Mary Queen of Scot’s. You could even book a romantic Scottish castle break by staying at our Leonardo Huntingtower Perth Boutique Hotel near the highly historic Huntingtower Castle.

Wander the shores of Loch Lomond

Looking for places to propose in Scotland? The glimmering shores of Loch Lomond come pretty close to being the perfect location. You’ll find the huge lake an hour from Glasgow and within the Trossachs, one of Scotland’s two serene national parks.

Book a stay at our Leonardo Glasgow West End Hotel that gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to city attractions and easy access to the natural allures of Loch Lomond.

Explore a beautiful botanic garden 

If you’ve not got time to leave the city on your couple’s getaway, why not take a turn around a beautiful botanic garden? There are few things more romantic than getting down on one knee surrounded by fragrant blooms.

Check out Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden with its pretty Palm House or Glasgow Botanic Gardens with its immense Kibble Palace glasshouse. They’re both highly romantic places in Scotland to propose, too!

Discover Skye's enchanting fairy pools

If you want somewhere that’s truly out of this world, definitely put the Isle of Skye on your agenda. The entire island is awash with secluded locales and jaw-dropping scenery, making it a contender for one of the most romantic places in Scotland.

A highlight has to be its gorgeous fairy pools. They’re made up of several wonderful waterfalls of different shades of blue and green that tumble down into small pools ideal for a refreshing swim. 

Climb to the top of Arthur's Seat

Soaking up a stunning view with a loved one will remain in your memory forever. If you’re visiting Edinburgh, make a plan to walk to the top of Arthur’s Seat to watch the sunset. The hill – an extinct volcano – sits just on the edge of the city centre and offers up glorious panoramic views that reach as far as the sea.


If you’ve checked in for a few days in our Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh, you’ll find Arthur’s Seat is a pleasant hour walk (mostly through leafy Holyrood Park).


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