From dreamy rural locations to wonderful city-scapes, Scotland is not only one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it’s also super romantic!
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share some of Scotland’s most romantic spots with you and shine a light on some of our love-liest destinations.
Seal it with a kiss in EDINBURGH
Scotland’s capital is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day.
It may not offer the warm, balmy weather of many European destinations, but Edinburgh has amazing dramatic landscape and a vibrant old and new town. Despite being a little windy and slightly chilly in February, it is a romantic city - with cobbled streets, mysterious, twisting closes and ancient buildings steeped in stories. Edinburgh Youth Hostel Manager Janet tells us why this city is sure to make your heart flutter:
“Edinburgh is filled with romance and mystery. The city of Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and, for a few years at least, Robert Burns. It’s a place where the imagination can run wild and where the streets teem with life and activity.
“Besides the cosy cubby-holes and warm hearths of the Old Town and the trendy restaurants, shops and bustling bars of the New Town, there are plenty of retreats from wintry gusts. This wonderful city really has got it all – it offers a breath-taking glimpse into the ancient past, yet it’s also a modern, cosmopolitan capital. There really is nowhere else like it in the world.”
Things to do: Treat your other half to a romantic meal, watch a film at Filmhouse - the arthouse cinema on Lothian Road, experience a late-night ghost tour by Mercat Tours – Hostelling Scotland members save £2 on all adult tickets.
Edinburgh Youth Hostel is open all year.
Victoria Street: Perfect for a romantic stroll
GLEN AFFRIC – Wedding Hotspot
Nestled in the North-West Highlands lies Glen Affric, one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland.
This unique area is perfect for couples who want to explore the Scottish wilderness, for lovers looking for solitude and those that want to switch off from the busy day-to-day. It’s here that you can truly get up close and personal with nature and discover the outdoors. It’s no surprise that French couple Clotilde and Tristan chose this beauty spot as the location for their very own Scottish wedding in July 2018. After their ‘official’ wedding in Cornillon-en-Trieves, France, on July 7th 2018, the newly-weds travelled to Scotland. Clotilde told us what happened:
“We decided to have a second wedding at the Glen Affric Youth Hostel with 16 friends of ours. We fell in love with this place in July 2013 during our first trip to Scotland. That’s why we got married a second time on July 13th at Glen Affric Youth Hostel. On our return home, we swore to return to Glen Affric Youth Hostel with our future child. This place is very important to us and represents our heaven.”
Things to do: Climb one of the 15 Munros that are nearby, go mountain biking, cosy up by the fire in the hostel.
Glen Affric Youth Hostel opens on April 15th until September 20th.
The happy couple tied the knot at Glen Affric in 2018
Fall in love in TORRIDON
Head further north and impress your sweetheart with Torridon’s high peaks, rugged corries and tumbling waterfalls.
Torridon Youth Hostel manager Mat and his partner Em fell head over heels in love whilst working together at the hostel. The rest - as they say - is history.
Mat and Em in tandem
This area of the country is well known for its impressive mountains, including the mighty Liathach, with its two munros and spectacular pinnacles, which tower above the hostel. Mat told us:
“Torridon is known for its mountains but there are great coastal and lochside walks too, such as Diabaig to Craig, and the walk around Loch Coulin which is known as being one of the finest mountain views as seen from a low level walk anywhere in Scotland. These walking tracks are perfect for hand-holding! If you’re looking for a romantic meal then make sure you give *Gille Brighde cafe and restaurant a try – it sits right on the shore of Loch Torridon and offers spectacular views.”
Things to do: Try archery, kayaking, relax with a local ale or glass of wine in one of the hostel’s comfortable lounges and enjoy inspiring mountain views.
Torridon Youth Hostel is open from February 10th to February 21st. It then re-opens for the season on March 8th until November 2nd. The hostel offers comfortable private rooms, as well as spacious shared accommodation.
*Gille Brighde café and restaurant is open Easter to the end of October*