Love is in the Air
With all this talk of Valentine’s day there is a palpable feeling of love in the air. Here at LHH we are incurable romantics and it’s hard not to be when you think of what Scotland has to offer. Here are four of our favourite romantic holiday destinations, the ideal spots for a weekend getaway, a proposal, a wedding and a honeymoon.
Down House is a secluded timber retreat nestled in 5 acres of woodland in a magnificent cliff top location. It strikes the perfect balance between being remote and accessible as, when you are sitting outside on the deck, you feel like you are at the edge of the world but in reality, it is only a short drive to get to fabulous restaurants and some of the most sought-after hillwalking in the country. The award winning Gille Brighde makes a great romantic spot for an intimate dinner for two after you have been up Beinn Alligin or Beinn Eighe but there are also a number of stunning low level coastal walks and the whisky bar at The Torridon is another brilliantly atmospheric spot for relaxing in style after a day outside. The drive to get here along the North Coast 500 is in itself an experience to behold but as Down House is near the end of the turn off at Diabeg there is hardly any passing traffic ensuring maximum peace and quiet.
A proposal can be completely spontaneous, but for those who wish to carefully plan the moment and select the most memorable location to get down on one knee and pop the question, then Scotland has a host of spectacular options. You could be standing on a cliff edge looking out towards the Atlantic, taking in the view from the top of a remote mountain or walking hand in hand on the white sands of a deserted beach. You could easily do either (or all) of these from An Nead. The majesty of the coastline at Cape Wrath, the spectacular white beach of Sandwood Bay and the jaw dropping panorama from the summit of Foinaven are all possible in a day. If evenings feel more romantic then you could wait until you are watching the sun set from the outside deck where you have views over Quinag and Eddrachillis Bay and if you are lucky, catch the northern lights afterwards from the comfort of the wood fired hot tub.
Bearnock Lodge is an amazing, historic, 5 star mansion close to Loch Ness. The lodge sleeps 16 with another 4 able to be accommodated in an additional cottage and a log cabin on the grounds. It is just perfect for a small wedding for close family or friends. The proximity to Inverness make it easy for guests to organise transportation either by plane or rail and the location by Loch Ness can’t be beat. The house is in a dramatic spot on 4 acres of land with extensive gardens for a ceremony and photos, as well as a walled garden and firepit where guests can relax and socialise. The main rooms are huge and the dining room is especially dramatic, ideal for a formal post ceremony dinner. With so much to do in the surrounding area your guests will not want to leave.
What is it that makes a memorable honeymoon spot? A remote setting, peace, quiet and luxury? Is it location or atmosphere? Beach Cottage on Lewis has it all. Visually magnificent, spectacularly located and luxuriously appointed it is a new build where every little detail has been thought of. It is a short walk to Dalbeg beach and the Atlantic coast (a picnic basket is provided) but it is so comfortable and the way the design utilises natural light to create an open and welcoming space means it’s easy to spend most of your time taking in the views from the main room, with a glass of Harris gin. The serenity of the surroundings coupled with a luxury king size bed and 700 thread linens means a good night’s sleep can be anticipated. For active honeymooners, it’s only a short drive from here to the other attractions of the island, boat trips, hill walking and fine dining but it’s the cottage itself that is sure to be the highlight.