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The 10 Most Spectacular Romantic Getaways in Scotland

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Scotland oozes enchantment and romance, with thousands of magical places to explore. From its stunning national parks and cosmopolitan cities to small villages filled with history, the country is a dreamy destination for couples.

The best way to experience Scotland’s allure? By booking a cozy hotel in one of the country’s many romantic locations. The plush Waldorf Astoria, in Edinburgh, is the obvious choice for couples seeking to soak luxury, culture, and history, while the Highland Bear Lodge puts love birds close to the Highland’s mystical rolling hills.

If you’re planning a loved-up weekend break with your special one, look no further. We’ve rounded up the top 10 getaways in Scotland — from luxury hotels to cozy cabins — where true romance can be found,

These 10 luxurious stays are guaranteed to whisk you and your loved one off your feet thanks to their fine-class set of amenities and services. Think of roaring fires to toast marshmallows, full-service spas, floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views, luscious marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Ready to explore history-filled cities, majestic lochs, emerald-green rolling hills, age-old castles, and towering mountains? Then read on to discover the top 10 most romantic getaways in Scotland.

The Top 10 Romantic Getaways in Scotland

Macdonald Forest Hills Resort, Stirling

Photo Credit: Macdonald Forest Hills Resort

Located in the heart of the Lake Trossachs National Park, Macdonald Forest Hills Resort in Stirling is the perfect romantic getaway for couples seeking to disconnect and relax among nature.

The achingly beautiful area where the hotel lies features a spectacular medley of wooded hills, glens, forests, lochs, and towering mountains above 3,000ft, making it a magical destination for lovers of the great outdoors.

Couples staying at Macdonald Forest Hills Resort can elevate their stay by booking the Deluxe Suite, which features ample windows offering amazing views of Loch Ard and lush, wooded hills in the distance, perfect for a romantic break. The suite comes with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a little extra indulgence, like a complimentary box of chocolate truffles, a bottle of wine, and a bouquet of fresh flowers.

The resort’s luxurious spa has an 18-meter indoor pool with views of the grounds, as well as restoring treatments like deep tissue massages, hot stone massages, and body nourishing wraps, making it the ideal place for lovebirds to relax.

Couples can also indulge in delicious dining options like the resort’s decadent afternoon tea with a selection of dainty finger sandwiches, homemade scones fresh from the oven, and an irresistible selection of cakes, all served with Twinings loose-leaf tea. For fine dining of modern Scottish cuisine, head to the Garden Restaurant and enjoy panoramic views down to Loch Ard.

Adventure-loving couples can’t pass up the chance to venture out and explore The Trossachs, where they’ll enjoy several thrilling outdoor activities like biking, camping, climbing, and kayaking at the park. All of this is surrounded by immense natural beauty.

Address: The Trossachs, Kinlochard, Aberfoyle FK8 3TL

Top Amenities & Services: Spa, swimming pool, dog-friendly, on-site restaurants, events space, fitness center

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Edinburgh

Room at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Photo Credit: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

Regarded as one of the best hotels in Edinburgh, Waldorf Astoria was designed for couples who want to experience pure elegance and comfort. The hotel has an ideal location on Princes Street, famous for its vibrant shopping scene, and it’s within walking distance of big-name attractions like Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the Old Town. 

Exuding romance and finesse, this alluring Edinburgh hotel is set in a former rail station and harbors over 200 rooms and suites radiating comfort. All the accommodations are smothered top to bottom with amenities such as a Nespresso machine, black-out curtains, in-room mini-bar, flat-screen TV, and luxurious bath products.

In more superior accommodations, like the Sir Walter Scott Suite, couples can enjoy amazing views of Edinburgh Castle, an ultra-comfortable king bed, and a lavish Carrara marble bathroom with a free-standing bath, and a waterfall-style shower. Superior guestrooms like this one also provide couples with unique Personal Concierge services and free access to the Waldorf Astoria Spa, which features an indoor swimming pool with views of Edinburgh Castle, as well as a sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and two gyms.

Address: Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 2AB

Top Amenities: Free wi-fi, spa, concierge, digital key, on-site restaurant, fitness center, pet-friendly rooms, indoor pool, room service

Loch Ness Lodge, Inverness

Suite of the Loch Ness Lodge, Inverness, Scotland.
Photo Credit: Loch Ness Lodge, Inverness

Gloriously located in Inverness, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness Lodge is the ideal retreat for couples seeking an intimate and luxurious escape.

This elegant, boutique property has nine individually designed bedrooms, each beautifully inspired by nature and offering breathtaking views of Loch Ness and the surrounding hills. All the rooms have large, welcoming beds dressed in silky goose-down duvets and Egyptian cotton, modern amenities like a flat-screen TV, and en-suite bathrooms complemented with fluffy, white towels and designer toiletries.

Loch Ness Lodge’s spa, equipped with a therapy area, Scandinavian sauna, and hot tub, provide couples with the ultimate relaxation, while the dining room offers stunning views and a wide range of breakfast options. The hotel also has charming and luxurious cottages for those seeking more privacy.

Beyond the lodge, couples can take off to explore Inverness, the charming cultural capital of the Highlands. Tried-and-true romantic experiences in the city include enjoying scenic cruises in the Loch Ness, strolling around the picture-perfect Old Town, and indulging in superb whisky tours.

Address: Brackla Loch Ness-side, Inverness-shire, IV3 8AU

Top Amenities: Chilled bottle of house champagne, luxury chocolates, and breakfast each morning (for couples), on-site spa

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Highland Bear Lodge & Luxury Bear Huts, Glenurquhart

Highland Bear Lodge & Luxury Bear Huts, Glenurquhart, Scotland.
Photo Credit: Highland Bear Lodge & Luxury Bear Huts

Welcome to Highland Bear Lodge & Luxury Bear Huts, a romantic retreat in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, set in a tranquil and peaceful location with stunning views over Glen Urquhart.

The Lodge is surrounded by 14 acres of woodlands, where you can spot wildlife such as stags, red deer, red squirrels, foxes, and birds of prey. It has three comfortable traditional Scottish-styled rooms and two Luxury Bear Huts, perfect for couples seeking intimacy and relaxation. You can enjoy a continental breakfast served in your room or the guest lounge, which features roaring log fires and spectacular views over the loch.

For a more romantic experience, book the Bonnie Prince Charlie Suite with a four-poster bed, spacious en-suite, and its own private hot tub with amazing views. For a more intimate experience, book the one of the Luxury Bear Hutts, which offers an immersive experience in nature, and stunning views of the Glenurquhart forest and the sound of the Bear Creek waterfalls.

Couples staying at the Lodge can also enjoy amazing experiences organized by the hotel, such as the Highlands Moonlight Evening Tour, where you’ll discover the Highland’s beautiful landscapes, and even have the chance to see the famous Northern Lights.

Address: Highland Bear Lodge Drumnadrochit, Glenurquhart IV63 6TN

Top Amenities: Free wifi, in-room continental breakfast, experiences, and activities for couples

Coylumbridge Hotel, Cairngorms National Park

Coylumbridge Hotel, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.
Photo Credit: Coylumbridge Hotel

Want to experience the glory of the Cairngorms National Park with your significant other? Then the Coylumbridge Hotel is the place for you. Set in a 65-acre woodland estate, a few minutes’ drive from Aviemore, the hotel has comfortable accommodations that are ideal for relaxing after a long day of adventuring into the park.

Couples can stay in the luxurious King Bedroom Suite, which features a separate seating and dining area, a king-sized bed, stunning Highland views, and a separate seating and dining area. Special touches include tea and coffee-making facilities, and fluffy bathrobes and slippers.

Explore Aviemore and its beautiful surrounding areas by hiring a bike from the hotel’s Outdoor Discovery area, splash around in their naturally lit indoor swimming pool, or rest in the fabulous sauna. Guests can also treat themselves by dining in one of the hotel’s 5 restaurants and cafes and stopping by the Woodshed Bar to relax in front of the log fire with a malt whisky.

Adventurous couples will love exploring the diverse landscape of the Cairngorms National Park, which is dotted with majestic mountains, forests, and rivers that offer a romantic backdrop for a memorable getaway.

Address: Coylumbridge, Aviemore PH22 1QN

Top Amenities: Swimming pool, sauna, on-site restaurants, events space, gym, cycling, and ski hire

Trump Macleod House & Lodge, Aberdeen

Trump Macleod House & Lodge, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Photo Credit: Trump Macleod House & Lodge

If you’re looking for a truly romantic escape, the Trump MacLeod House & Lodge should be at the top of your list. This luxurious five-star hotel is located just outside Aberdeen on the Scottish North-East coast.

Set amidst mature woodland in the heart of the magnificent Trump International Estate, this historic Scottish mansion and lodge has many charming features including secret stairways, traditional log fires, and period features, as well as a whisky bar and spectacular grounds.

With origins in the 15th century, the baronial mansion where this luxury hotel is located is home to a dazzling collection of exquisite superior and grand deluxe guestrooms. All of them are exquisitely designed and appointed with opulent furnishings, fine linens, Italian marble en-suites, as well as high-speed wireless Internet access, large HD smart TVs, and more.

Couples will have a fabulous time while staying at the Grand Deluxe King Double Room, furnished in an elegant style, a stunning king-sized double bed, high ceilings, and windows offering views of the stunning Scottish estate.

The hotel’s amenities include a spa tucked away within the grand estate grounds, offering guests relaxing facials, head massages, and salt and oil body scrubs, among others.

Sports-loving couples will enjoy the Trump International Golf Links, which all 18 holes thread their way engagingly through the dunes, rising here to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging there into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topographies, and landscapes.

Couples can also enjoy the hotel’s two restaurants and intimate whisky bar. For those wanting to explore, the hotel can arrange day trips to quintessential Scottish towns and castles, including the Queen’s residence at Balmoral.

Address: Menie Crescent, Balmedie, Aberdeen AB23 8YE

Top Amenities: Spa, 18-hole golf course, events space, on-site restaurants, whisky bar

Malmaison Aberdeen, Aberdeen

Malmaison Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Photo Credit: Malmaison Aberdeen

The Malmaison Aberdeen Hotel is an exceptional romantic getaway in Scotland. This luxurious boutique hotel is located in the heart of Aberdeen, a stone’s throw away from local attractions such as the Aberdeen Art Gallery and the historic Marischal College. 

This charming boutique hotel offers couples an intimate and sophisticated setting, complete with bespoke decor, comfortable furnishings, and exceptional amenities. The 79 stylish rooms are spacious and individually designed with plush bedding, Egyptian cotton sheets, and walk-in power showers. 

The hotel features a range of amenities, including a fully-equipped gym, a luxurious spa, and a brasserie serving delicious cuisine made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Couples can indulge in a romantic dinner or enjoy cocktails in the chic bar.

Last but not least, Malmaison Aberdeen Hotel offers guests a delightful range of experiences, from whisky tastings to gin-making masterclasses. 

Address: 49-53 Queen’s Rd, Aberdeen AB15 4YP

Top Amenities: Spa, gym, restaurants, pet-friendly, free wifi

Inverlochy Castle, Fort William

Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland.
Photo Credit: Inverlochy Castle

Inverlochy Castle, located in Fort William, is the epitome of romance in Scotland. Set amidst stunningly beautiful scenery, in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Castle the castle provides guests with an unparalleled sense of grandeur and luxury.

Built in the 19th century and surrounded by picturesque landscapes, this historic castle hotel boasts 17 elegantly appointed bedrooms, each one individually designed and furnished with antiques, offering stunning views of the surrounding hills and glens. All of them come with flat-screen televisions cleverly disguised as mirrors, free Wi-Fi access, plush robes, and slippers to unwind in, complimentary bottled water, a personal safe, and a radio.

Couples can indulge in a range of amenities, including an indulgent spa and a renowned fine-dining restaurant serving exquisite Scottish cuisine prepared with the freshest local ingredients.

The castle’s grounds offer a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and skiing. Couples can also relax in the castle’s library or drawing room, complete with roaring fires and plush sofas.

Inverlochy Castle’s outstanding service and attention to detail make it a great place for couples to celebrate a special occasion, enjoy a romantic escape, or simply unwind and enjoy each other’s company.

Address: Inverlochy Castle, Torlundy, Fort William, PH33 6SN

Top Amenities: On-site restaurants, afternoon tea, complimentary bottled water, free wifi

Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Grand Central Hotel, in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The Grand Central Hotel is one of Glasgow’s most romantic hotels. Set within one of the city’s most legendary buildings, directly adjoining Glasgow Central Station this iconic hotel has welcomed a range of iconic guests throughout the years — from Winston Churchill to Frank Sinatra.

This Glasgow hotel is home to 16 suites and 243 guestrooms, 184 of which were artfully refurbished. All of the accommodations feature stellar amenities such as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Upgrade your romantic stay by booking the spacious King Bed Suite With Lounge, which boasts a super-sized king bed and high ceilings, a welcoming lounge area, and a large bathroom.

When not enjoying the comforts of your room, head over to the award-winning Champagne Central for a lavish afternoon tea, or to The Restaurant for a hearty Scottish breakfast.

Grand Central Hotel also excels when it comes to location. The hotel is perfectly situated in the city center, within walking distance from attractions such as George Square, and Buchanan Street. Just a couple of streets over from the hotel you’ll find a shuttle to Glasgow Airport.

Address: 99 Gordon St, Glasgow

Top Amenities: Business center, on-site bar, and restaurants, free high-speed WiFi, pet-friendly

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Leonardo Boutique Hotel Huntingtower Perth, Perth

Leonardo Boutique Hotel Huntingtower Perth, Perth, Scotland.
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Located in Perth, the Leonardo Boutique Hotel Huntingtower is a charming country house hotel that offers a perfect romantic getaway for couples. The hotel is set in a beautiful Victorian-style country house, with 6 acres of lush greenery surrounding the property, and the historic Huntingtower Castle is just a short walk away.

The hotel has a range of rooms to choose from. For couples looking for something more luxurious, the Huntingtower Suite is a must. It is a spacious and beautifully designed suite that comes complete with a four-poster bed, a lounge area, a Jacuzzi, and a separate shower room. All the bedrooms at the hotel are decorated with plush furnishings, Egyptian cotton linens, and a range of modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee-making facilities, and luxury toiletries.

Lovebirds will also indulge in high-touch amenities such as a cozy bar, a picturesque garden, and an award-winning restaurant serving a range of traditional Scottish dishes using locally sourced produce.

Leonardo Boutique Hotel is also ideally located for exploring Perth’s rich history, stunning scenery, and outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking, and fishing.

Address: Crieff Rd, Huntingtower, Perth PH1 3JT

Top Amenities: Restaurant, bar, on-site parking, gym, sauna

FAQ

Where is the most romantic getaway in Scotland?

The most romantic places in Scotland are:

  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park;
  • Edinburgh;
  • Cairngorms National Park;
  • Glasgow;
  • Inverness;
  • Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands;
  • Aberdeen;
  • Fort William;
  • New Lanark;
  • The Isle of Skye;
  • Stirling.

What is the best area to stay in Scotland?

The best cities to stay in Scotland are:

  • Edinburgh;
  • Glasgow;
  • Aberdeen;
  • Inverness;
  • Glen Coe;
  • Isle of Skye;
  • Loch Lomond;
  • Ullapool;
  • Fort William;
  • Dornoch.

Is Scotland a romantic country?

Scotland is a romantic country that welcomes couples with its beautiful landscapes, picturesque towns, memorable experiences, and luxurious hotels.

What are the most romantic weekend breaks in Scotland?

The most romantic getaways in Scotland are:

  • Macdonald Forest Hills Resort, Stirling;
  • Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Edinburgh;
  • Loch Ness Lodge, Inverness;
  • Highland Bear Lodge & Luxury Bear Huts, Glenurquhart;
  • Coylumbridge Hotel, Cairngorms National Park;
  • Trump Macleod House & Lodge, Aberdeen;
  • Malmaison Aberdeen, Aberdeen;
  • Inverlochy Castle, Fort William;
  • Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow;
  • Leonardo Boutique Hotel Huntingtower Perth, Perth.

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