With so much heritage, culture and natural beauty, why not honeymoon in Scotland?
When asked to describe Scotland, most tourists will think of the Highlands. The iconic landscape with its mountains and glens sums up what many envisage and it’s one of the best places to get to know your own country a little better while on honeymoon.
Explore the coastline or for a winter staycation take to the slopes at one of the region’s five great ski centres.
Newton Hotel, Nairn
Charlie Chaplin and his family favoured this 17th-century manor near Nairn and with its 21-acres of mature parkland and gardens it’s easy to see why.
With 63 beautiful ensuite bedrooms, the Chaplin Restaurant, a bar/lounge and roaring fires you could easily spend your time in and around the hotel but there’s also plenty to do nearby, including two championship golf courses, skiing and rock climbing.
Ardanaiseig Hotel, Argyll
Nestled on the banks of Loch Awe, Ardanaiseig Hotel is a true Highland retreat. Designed by the father of Scottish Baronial style William Burn, the 19th century manor house oozes character.
For the ultimate honeymoon experience stay in The Boat Shed. Only a two-minute walk from the main hotel, the one-bedroom hideaway on the banks of Loch Awe has guaranteed privacy and luxury.
East and West Scotland
Beach and nature lovers need look no further than Scotland’s east coast for truly breathtaking scenery.
Walkers will love the Fife Coastal Path, allowing you to take in the entire coast of the Kingdom while stopping in at the many pretty towns and villages on the way.
Or venture further south to the Lothian coastline and check out the many footpaths, trails and water sports on offer.
Harvest Moon Holidays, Dunbar
A hotel honeymoon is not for everyone and couples looking for something a little bit different should check out Harvest Moon’s treehouses and safari tents by the magnificent beach on Lochhouses Farm, to the east of Edinburgh.
But this is glamping, not camping. All of the treehouses and tents have woodburning stoves, en suite toilets and hot showers.
Rufflets Country House Hotel, St Andrews
The idyllic turreted mansion house on the outskirts of St Andrews is a perfect honeymoon hideaway.
Choose from one of the 24 individually designed bedrooms or the three luxury self-catering lodges in the grounds and explore the hotel’s 10 acres of award-winning gardens.
Either eat in the Terrace Restaurant or venture into the medieval town itself.
For unspoilt beaches, water sports and panoramic views, spend your honeymoon island-hopping up Scotland’s West Coast.
Start in Oban before jumping on a ferry to Mull and checking out the picture postcard town of Tobermorey, or take a boat trip to Fingal’s Cave on uninhabited Staffa.
If you’re a water baby you’ll love surfing off Tiree, but if whisky’s more your thing stop on Islay and sample the local drams.
Or venture on up to the Outer Hebrides where the beautiful Isles of Harris and Lewis enjoy turquoise crystal clear waters.
Find out more with the guide to West Scotland.
Blue Reef Cottages, Isle of Harris
Couples looking to get away from it all will love these unique turf-roofed cottages where you can sit in your very own observation area and take in the spectacular views of North Harris, Taransay and the local beaches.
Enjoy a soak in your own jacuzzi bath and sauna for two and for an extra treat you can ask the owners to organise a honeymoon hamper when you book.
Whitefalls Spa Lodges, Isle of Lewis
What better way to unwind after your big day than kicking back in your own private spa room.
The lodges’ spa rooms have been designed with couples in mind and come with a RiverBath spa (a double-ended spa bath for two), Finnish infrared sauna and monsoon rain-shower.
You can even book an in-room massage or treatment at the time of booking.
Loch Lomond’s beauty has been immortalised in song so there’s no need to head for foreign climes if it’s a lakeside honeymoon you’re looking for.
Get back to nature in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park or take a cruise on the lake itself.
Explore the pretty villages dotted around the shores and if you’re feeling more adventurous why not bag a Munro and scale Ben Lomond?
If that all sounds a bit much however, just cosy up beside a fire in one of the village pubs.
Loch Lomond Waterfront, Balmaha
These beautiful self-catering five-star lodges all offer private hot tubs, steam cabins, en-suite bedrooms and lake views.
Situated near the village of Balmaha, the lodges just scream romance. For a special honeymoon touch you can stay in the Romantic Retreat Chalet, which also offers a four poster bed, living flame fire and two-person steam shower.
If you can tear yourself away, head down to the private beach or treat yourselves in the local restaurants.
Lodge on Loch Lomond
Right on the beachfront at Luss, the Lodge on Loch Lomond enjoys panoramic views over the water.
The hotel features its very own jetty and in certain bedrooms you could be waking up every morning and stepping out onto your private balcony.
Relax in the hotel’s swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and laconium.
And staff can help arrange a speedboat trip, yacht cruise, wakeboarding or canoe safari. Perfect for an action-packed honeymoon.