Romantic Breaks For Two

21 April 2016

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Photo: The traditional love seat at Tigh Bhisa

What is it that makes the perfect romantic getaway? Is it seclusion, or luxury, or maybe location? Is it somewhere to relax or somewhere to explore? Whether it’s a long weekend, an extended summer holiday or a honeymoon, LHH can help find the right property for you and your loved one.

Taigh Glas is an architect designed conversion of an old croft house. Thoroughly modern and well equipped, it stands overlooking the island of Longa, just a short walk from the expansive beach at Big Sand. The kitchen is equipped with all the latest high end equipment to make preparing that romantic meal a breeze. You could buy fresh fish from the pier at nearby Gairloch then dine looking out across the sea to the mountains of Torridon and Skye. At night, after you have watched the sunset, you can curl up in front of the wood burning stove.

Tigh Bhisa Blackhouse is a traditional croft house on the Hebridean island of Lewis. Fully modernised with underfloor heating and super-king size bed, this secluded hideaway is the perfect spot for those wanting to get away from it all. Wildflower meadows and sandy beaches make for relaxing walks in the summer and in the winter you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. Outside the cottage there is also a purpose built stone shelter with amazing sea views and a traditional “love seat”. What better way to spend time with your other half?

The Old Salmon Bothy sits all by itself adjacent to a small jetty. This most atmospheric location is best soaked up from the decking outside where, if you are lucky, you can spot dolphins or Minke whale. To lie in bed at night and be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves crashing on the shore just a stone’s throw away is a magical experience to share with that special someone.  Just up the coast in Portmahomack, the renowned Oystercatcher restaurant serves up fresh seafood in a small and intimate venue.

Not everyone wants to be somewhere remote, The Secret Cottage is in Anstruther, an idyllic fishing village on the East Neuk of Fife. The apartment is modern but the area is rich in history with palaces and gardens within easy reach. The Fife Coastal Path stretches in both directions from here, follow it for about 5 miles west to find the famous Elie chain walk. There is a Michelin starred restaurant in town for that perfect table for two but also one of the most famous fish and chip shops in the country so you can get a takeaway and stroll by the sea for dinner.

The bedroom at Thistledown has stunning views over the North Sea and is a great base for exploring the miles of deserted golden sands and secluded rocky coves that make up the Berwickshire coastline. There is a sheltered sandy beach just below the cottage that is ideal for swimming and for that perfect picnic for two. This 150 year old fisherman’s cottage is still only an hour from Edinburgh so you can have the best of both worlds, the culture, excitement and night life of the city but also the tranquil reverie of the seaside.

Mountains are the epitome of romance for some, maybe it’s the epic grandeur, the feeling of being alone in the world or the elation of the achievement you feel when you and your partner have reached the summit. Thyme Cottage sits in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park with great access to all the best hills in the area. In winter you could go skiing then cosy up in front of the fire, in summer hike all day then spot wildlife while you enjoy a barbecue in the garden.

Oysters have long been synonymous with the ultimate romantic dinner date. Loch Fyne Oysters then must make for one of the most sought after places to dine on holiday. The internationally renowned oyster bar is one of Scotland’s genuine gastronomic icons, specialising in locally caught seafood as well as oysters from the loch just outside. Raineachan is a short and scenic drive around the coast from here, featuring modern luxury, slate floors and a wood burning stove but still has all the old fashioned charm of a traditional west coast cottage.