Daisy Andrews December 17 2020

Dreaming of a romantic honeymoon, but not sure you want to travel halfway across the world to get it? Scotland truly is a hidden gem for idyllic getaways, perfect for making the most of quality time together in a stunning location.

We know that 2020 has been the year of postponements and alterations for so many couples awaiting their big day, and your honeymoon should be one thing you don’t compromise on! So, whether you deserve a bit of cheering up after delaying your wedding plans or just want to whisk someone away for a cosy UK break, commit to treating yourself to a touch of luxury this year!

Take a look at a few of our ideas for a romantic self-drive holiday in Scotland …


Stunning Scenery

Scotland has no shortage of breathtaking romantic scenery. The Outer Hebrides is home to white sandy beaches, dazzling blue waters and sunsets that could give the Maldives a run for their money!

Due to their remote location, visitors often have the beach to themselves and can enjoy tranquil walks along the sand uninterrupted. Picture yourselves weaving from the mainland to the islands by ferry on a Scottish Island Honeymoon and you’ll see why this is such an enviable location for a romantic escape. 

Stargazing is not limited to Iceland and Alaska, Scotland has expansive dark skies perfect for viewing the vast intricacies of the Milky Way, and even the Northern Lights.

In south west Scotland, the Galloway Dark Sky Park is one of Europe’s most impressive locations for stargazing. Situated in 300 square miles of forest, there is very little light pollution, and on a clear night, thousands of stars and planets can be seen.



Adventurous Activities

While for some a honeymoon is all about relaxing, for more competitive and on-the-go couples Scotland has plenty of activities to keep you busy! A popular choice is munro bagging. Scotland has 282 munros (mountains which are over 3000ft), and the adrenaline rush that comes from reaching the summit is matched by incredible views from the top.

Why not see how many you can tick off on a tour of the Highlands? This can easily turn into a life-long shared project, or alternatively, a race to see who can climb the most!

One of Scotland’s most refreshing outdoor activities is wild swimming, and Scotland has over 30,000 lochs (not to mention beaches and rivers) where you can dive into this new challenge.

While this can admittedly be a little cold at times, it allows you to discover some beautiful secluded spots. Check out our blog, 8 Stunning Spots for Wild Swimming in Scotland, for inspiration on a few of our favourites. 

These are just the tip of the iceberg, and trying out new activities such as sea-kayaking and mountain biking is the perfect way to make lifelong memories, and maybe even discover a new hobby to take home with you!


Honeymoon Hospitality

Undeniably, one of the highlights of any holiday is indulging in delicious food and drink.

Scotland is packed full of amazing restaurants, such as the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar which serves mouth-watering fresh Scottish seafood. In a romantic setting overlooking Loch Fyne and the Argyll Hills, a platter of oysters is the perfect addition to a West Coast Honeymoon.

If whisky is your preferred tipple, how about a romantic break on the Whisky Trail? Winding through the mountains between picturesque villages, you’ll find cosy pubs with an array of whiskies to delight even the most experienced connoisseur.

Whether it’s a dram of warming Speyside malt or a smokier Islay variety, curling up next to the fire with a flight is the perfect way to wile away an evening. 


Romantic Scottish Hotels

The icing on the cake which makes holidays really memorable – particularly honeymoons, is exceptional accommodation. A comfortable bed in stunning surroundings with staff who go the extra mile to make your stay sensational – is that too much to ask?

Scotland is full of ancient and beautiful castles, many of which have been transformed into luxurious hotels boasting indulgent spas and first-rate restaurants. A honeymoon staying in Scottish castle hotels really does showcase some of the best accommodation Scotland has to offer.

If all that has tempted you into a romantic break in Scotland, take a look at our Honeymoons & Romance holidays for even more inspiration!

Here at Absolute Escapes we love tailoring holidays to make your dream trip possible, so send us an enquiry or call us on +44 (0)131 610 1210 and see how we can create your unforgettable honeymoon.

Romantic Getaways in Scotland

Highland Honeymoon

From £990pp

Self-Drive Holidays
Duration 7 Nights
  • Soak up the peace & tranquility of the beautiful Scottish Lakeland
  • Explore the gloriously romantic Isle of Skye
  • Visit some of Scotland’s most romantic castles, such as Eilean Donan and Urquhart Castle

Stay in Scottish Castle Hotels

From £1840pp

Self-Drive Holidays
Duration 7 Nights
  • Enjoy spectacular views over Loch Fyne from your west coast castle hotel
  • Stay in a magnificent Highland castle with romantic turrets and ancient battlements
  • Explore the delightful town of Pitlochry from your luxury castle hotel in the heart of Highland Perthshire

Island Honeymoon

From £1055pp

Self-Drive Holidays
Duration 7 Nights
  • Experience 'Scotland in Miniature' on the Isle of Arran
  • The gloriously romantic Isle of Skye and the Cuillin Mountains
  • Historic Castles including Duart, Dunvegan & Eilean Donan

West Coast Honeymoon

From £1060pp

Self-Drive Holidays
Duration 7 Nights
  • Explore the Kyles of Bute, a romantic introduction to the West Coast
  • Discover the magical Isles of Mull and Iona
  • Cruise the west coast in search of dolphins, and basking sharks
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