Cool Places: Romantic Scotland

Cool Places: Romantic Scotland

Scotland's romantic landscapes are perfect for a honeymoon escape and Cool Places have picked out the best places for loch-side lovers

Here are a few suggestions of the ultimate places to sleep, eat and see on your Scottish escape...


Ardeonaig -hotel -restaurant -sleep -hotels -largeArdeonaig Hotel

Highland Perthshire is an epic land of sweeping lochs and vaulting mountains. Right at its heart is the Ardeonaig Hotel. Once housing needy travellers seeking shelter, the cottage suites in the grounds of this luxury hotel make as cosy and secluded a retreat as you could imagine.

South Loch Tay Side Ardeonaig FK21 8SU

The -douglas -sleep -hotels -largeThe Douglas

The Douglas could not have a better location, overlooking the main Arran ferry pier, with a rugged drama of mountains bursting skywards across the wide expanse of Brodick Bay in front. Fantastic views and boutique style in what we reckon is one of the best places to stay in the Scottish islands.

Brodick Isle of Arran KA27 8AW

The -torridon -sleep -hotels -largeThe Torridon

The stunning location with views over the loch and Torridon Mountains, beautiful rooms and fab restaurant make this is our pick for the most romantic place to stay in Scotland.

By Achnashee Wester Ross Scotland IV22 2EY


Three -chimneys -eat -drink -restaurants -gastro -pubs -largeThree Chimneys

Local wildflowers feature on the menu at this converted croft, which an inspirational couple have made one of the best places to eat in the UK. Make sure you try the hot marmalade pudding with Drambuie custard!

Colbost Dunvegan Isle of Skye IV55 8ZT

Kishorn -seafood -bar -eat -drink -restaurants -gastro -pubs -largeKishorn Seafood Bar

Oysters are of course the food of love, and this has got to be one of the world's best places to eat them, along with a host of other yummy seafood. All the seafood here is local and the crab is caught by the owner's husband.

Kishorn Strathcarron IV54 8XA

Restaurant -andrew -fairlie -eat -drink -restaurants -gastro -pubs -largeRestaurant Andrew Fairlie

Not the sort of place you eat every day, but this Michelin-starred treat is arguably the UK's - let alone Scotland's - ultimate venue for a one-to-one treat.

Gleneagles Hotel Auchterarder Perthshire PH3 1NF

Stein -inn -eat -drink -bars -pubs -largeStein Inn

The Stein Inn is a truly unique escape in the remote community of Waternish on the Isle of Skye. It's a glorious pub with wonderful food in a magnificent location. What more could you want? Er, there are rooms upstairs too…

Waternish Isle of Skye IV55 8GA


Glencoe -see -do -nature -reserves -wild -places -largeGlencoe

Scotland's most dramatic glen is draped in romance and history whether you are a skilled mountaineer taking on the high peaks, a low-level walker, a cyclist screaming seawards or just driving through by car. And Glencoe has also just cemented its reputation as one of the country's most romantic and historic locations with a majestic appearance as James Bond's childhood home in Skyfall.

Calanais -stone -circle -see -do -buildings -monuments -largeCalanais Stone Circle

The remote and dramatic setting amid moorland and the ocean setting is magical enough, but there's something about this 5000-year-old stone circle that transcends even the landscape. Located on the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis, the Calanais stone circle is every bit as impressive as Stonehenge.

Walking -in -knoydart -see -do -walks -largeWalking in Knoydart

Knoydart is the most remote corner of the Scottish mainland, literally sandwiched between heaven and hell (the loch of heaven lies to the south and hell to its north). So out of the way you're more likely to meet cattle than people when hiking here - and it's home to the UK's most remote pub, too.

Magazine -cool _places _readyCool Places is a new website devoted to selecting and celebrating the best of UK travel, whether you're booking a last-minute weekend away or looking for ideas for next year's holiday. They cover the UK's best places to stay, from stunningly located campsites to cosy boutique hotels, great gastropubs and restaurants to beachside cafés, and the country's quirkiest independent shops and markets. Check it out, and add your own local favourites.

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