6 romantic getaways in Scotland for loved-up couples

Cosy up with your other half in Edinburgh, Glasgow or one of Scotland's remote isles.

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Scotland’s heady mix of breathtaking landscapes, historic cities and unique gastronomy makes for a fantastically varied cupid-inspired getaway.

From age-old castles to boutique hotels, this country has it all.

Top romantic hotels in the Scotland

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1. Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa, Eriska Island

If you thought a getaway to Scotland wasn’t secluded enough, try a spa hotel, on a small private island, off the west coast of the country for good measure. You’ll be surrounded by the spectacular Scottish Highlands and perhaps the odd fishing boat out on Loch Creran.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Award-winning spa, four-course dinner menus, drawing room, open fireplace, reading room, 24-hour room service, walking trails and swimming pool
  • Why do we love it? Surrounded by 350 acres of private land, guests can enjoy clay pigeon shooting, croquet, archery and more during their stay.

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2. The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh

Far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s busy city centre, but close enough to still feel involved, The Dunstane Houses is a great option for a city break. Its property dates back to 1865, but you wouldn’t know it with the lavish interior and modern design.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Four-poster beds, copper roll-top baths, fine Scottish dining, room service and Ba’ Bar lounge bar
  • Why do we love it? No trip to Scotland would be complete without a good ol’ whisky tasting. Luckily the in-house bar stocks a variety of 70 whiskeys from all over the country.

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3. Cuillins Hills Hotel, Isle of Skye

Its unapologetically Scottish decor may not be for everybody, but its picturesque location on Portree Bay, Isle of Skye will be. You’re guaranteed to be wowed whether you come during snow, rain or sunshine.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Coastal walks, log fires, large chesterfield sofas, board games, room service and four-poster beds
  • Why do we love it? As a small family-run affair, you’ll only receive the warmest service and leave feeling like part of the family.

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4. The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

Once acting as the city’s railway hotel, this century-old building, complete with dramatic staircases, domed ceilings and lavish interior is a real gem in Scotland’s capital city.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Spa facilities including an indoor pool, Turkish steam room and sauna, Michelin-starred restaurant, marble bathrooms and afternoon tea
  • Why do we love it? The on-site restaurant, aptly named Number One, is the place to dine if you want to experience fine Scottish cuisine at its best. Whisky smoked salmon, highland Wagyu beef and Scottish chanterelles have all featured on past menus.

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5. Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow

Known for its luxury offerings all over the world, Hilton offers a modern and convenient spot to put your head down for the night in Glasgow’s West End. Enjoy walks through the Botanic Gardens and a visit to the Hunterian Museum.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Rooftop terrace, Bo’Vine Steak Restaurant, rooms overlook Botanic Gardens, and cocktail and whisky bar
  • Why do we love it? If you brought the kids with you, the Hilton offers highly-rated babysitting services, so mum and dad can enjoy a candlelit dinner for two.

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6. Crossbasket Castle, Glasgow

Make your dreams of living it up in a castle a reality in this restored 16th-century masterpiece. About an hour’s drive from Glasgow and with just nine rooms to offer, you’ll feel like the only people there, The Lord and Lady of the Manor if you will.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Landscaped gardens, waterfalls, riverside walks, medieval-style ballroom, in-room spa treatments, fireplaces and seven-course dinners
  • Why do we love it? Order a full Scottish breakfast to be delivered to your room in the morning, and don’t forget to add an extra side of locally smoked salmon.

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Where should I stay in the Scotland?

Along with its historic cities, Scotland is home to plenty of far-flung destinations, perfect for escaping to with your better half.

  • Edinburgh. Hanging a love lock on Forth Bridge, visiting the vibrant Stockbridge produce market and admiring Edinburgh Castle lit up at night are just some of the things you can enjoy in Scotland’s first city.
  • The Isle of Skye. One of Scotland’s better known western islands, the Isle of Skye offers visitors a choice of historic hotels in completely unspoilt landscapes. It’s connected to the mainland by a road bridge, seasonal ferry and is easily reached by private car or public transport.
  • Glasgow. Surrounded by national parks and breathtaking scenery, a romantic trip to Glasgow isn’t just restricted to the city streets. Stay centrally to enjoy the historic architecture of the Necropolis or a little out of town for easy access to Loch Lomond.

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