5 Unique Ideas for a Honeymoon in Scotland

Scotland, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, and Irish Sea, is the land of fantasy, history, romance, and fairytales. Honeymooning couples with a taste for ancient history, nature, and thrilling activities will all be blown away by a luxurious Scotland adventure.

Scotland contains 790 countryside and urban islands for you to explore.

Here’s a list of only a few unique ideas for your once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway. But make sure to plan ahead for Scotland’s erratic weather conditions!

1. Take a boat trip to Loch Ness

Scotland’s history is rich in fantasy tales. One of the most famous stories is that of the Loch Ness Monster.

Loch Ness, the iconic and expansive freshwater lake located in the centre of the Scottish Highlands, has a truly spooky air to it.

Book a luxurious boat trip to travel around the peaceful, sleepy lake. You’ll view magnificent sites such as the royal Urquhart Castle, well-known for its role in the Wars of Scottish Independence. And if you have your glasses on, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the infamous Nessie.

A boat tour around the scenic Loch Ness is also the perfect way to capture awe-inspiring photographs with your dearly beloved on your romantic getaway. 

2. Explore history and culture in Edinburgh

Scotland is also just the place for history buffs. Edinburgh especially is rich in history and culture. Not to mention, it’s budget-friendly.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is home to the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, as well as some of the world’s first skyscrapers. Edinburgh is also home to the Arthur’s Seat volcano and the British monarch’s official residence in Scotland, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. A walking tour here is highly recommended.

Take the Old Town Historic and Underground Tour to engage fully in Scotland’s history. These underground vaults are made up of huge arches, passageways, and rooms. They were constructed to expand the city and solve Scotland’s overpopulation problem in the 1780s. 

Feel the reported paranormal changes in the atmosphere from one room to the next.

3. Get active in the Scottish Highlands

The rural Scottish Highlands are the perfect Scottish destination for a more active couple.

You’ll be able to hike mountains and ancient forests or cycle along lochs and canals in Inverness. And don’t forget the idyllic streams, waterfalls, and Munros. 

One of the most beautiful mountains to hike is located within Cairngorms National Park in Aviemore, which is the UK’s largest national park. 

We also recommend participating in a Land Rover safari in Glencoe National Nature Reserve. Try to spot the Pine Marten, the mountain hare, the red deer, and the Ptarmigan bird, which lives exclusively in the Scottish Highlands.

And if you’re a fan of the sport that Scotland is best known for – golf – you’ll surely want to visit the seaside town of St Andrews. Take your pick of myriad pristine golf courses and enjoy a fun activity with your significant other.

4. Attend events in Glasgow

The vibrant and friendly city of Glasgow offers opportunities to attend some fun events.

Purchase tickets for exciting performing arts, music, and sporting events if you’re a couple of newlyweds looking for a modern feeling. Glasgow is also home to breathtaking (and free!) museums and galleries for those who are culturally inclined. 

Foodies will enjoy trying some traditional Scottish food, such as haggis, while avid shoppers will delight in Scottish souvenirs to help them treasure their honeymoon for years to come.

Something else unique we highly recommend experiencing in Glasgow is a royal stay at a castle hotel. For example, the historical Mar Hall is a well-maintained, charming old mansion. Individual reviews boasted of being treated like royalty.

5. Be enchanted on the Isle of Skye

There are so many things to do on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

This Inner Hebrides archipelago of Scotland’s West Coast is one of the most enchanting isles in Scotland. Don’t miss its quaint fishing villages, old castles, and rugged landscapes.

The fairytale atmosphere of Skye is what makes it enchanting. Visit the ethereal Fairy Pools, in Glenbrittle. These rock pools are said to be the home of fairies and selkies. 

The Fairy Pools are made up of waterfalls of translucent mountain spring water. Bring a wetsuit and take a dip – but brace yourself for the water’s icy temperature! 

Drive carefully if it’s a rainy day, and don’t forget the proper footgear if you plan on walking. It’s best to go between April and October for optimally pleasant weather conditions.

Another famous Scottish attraction is its history of whisky. After your dip, try a whisky tasting at a distillery such as the Talisker Distillery to warm up.

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