5 Romantic Settings in Scotland

Mist-veiled hills, dramatic mountain-ripped skies, atmospheric lochs, castle ruins… Scotland is a land brimming with romantic settings.  There are beautiful spots across the country which will set your heart a-flutter, from the remote beaches in the Western Isles to the castle trail around Aberdeenshire.  Whether you’re looking for somewhere picturesque and peaceful to enjoy a break for two or something truly spectacular as a romantic backdrop, the scenery in Scotland is sure to tug at the heart strings.

Here are a few of my personal favourites:

The Jacobite Steam Train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct
The Glenfinnan Viaduct is on the West Highland Line and is now famous as one of the locations in the Harry Potter films.  Enjoy spectacular views across Loch Shiel by taking a journey on the Jacobite Steam Train, or why not walk the Glenfinnan Viaduct circuit for views of the viaduct and the loch.


The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
If, like me, you can’t imagine anything more romantic than staring up at inky, star-speckled skies, this is for you.  The Observatory is under some of the world’s darkest skies, located on a hilltop close to the Galloway Forest Park – the UK’s first (and the world’s fifth) Dark Sky Park.  The Milky Way, comets, planets, shooting stars, and the Northern Lights are all visible from the Observatory.  What could be more romantic than the beauty of a starry, starry night?

A loch with a castle
It must be the hopeless romantic in me, but there is something so dreamy about a loch-side castle.  You don’t have to look far to find a loch with a castle nestled on its shores, but three of my favourites are the ever-so romantic Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands (the most photographed castle in Scotland), Urquhart Castle perched above the enchanting Loch Ness, and Kilchurn Castle, looking out on the awe-inspiring Loch Awe.

Eilean Donan Castle

Quiraing, Isle of Skye
I would actually describe the entire island as a romantic setting, with scenery unlike anywhere else in Scotland.  The jagged, craggy ridge of the Quiraing is quite simply jaw-dropping and an exceptionally romantic spot.  My husband and I walked up on a rainy, grey day and it was incredibly atmospheric – the rock formations were shrouded in mist and the views seemed spread out only for us.  It was no less beautiful because of the weather, in fact it probably made it even more romantic.

A lighthouse at sunset
A sunset is sure to awaken the romantic in you.  One of the most memorable sunsets I’ve seen was last year at Stoerhead Lighthouse, in Sutherland – the sinking sun left wisps of amber seeping across the sky.  The lighthouse keeps watch over the water between the mainland and Stornoway, and standing there, cuddled into my husband at the very edge of the land, it felt magical.


EmbraceScotland has a variety of cosy cottages and idyllic hideaways perfect for romantic holidays Scotland.

Do you have favourite romantic spot in Scotland?  Which of these do you think is the most romantic setting?   Please leave any comments below.


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