DATE: October 11, 2017
Many people take a holiday in Scotland to simply get away from it all and who can blame them?
Only 5.295 million people inhabit the 80,000 square kilometre landmass, with large swathes of land being comprised of rural areas that are bereft of people for miles around. Scotland makes for an ideal destination for honeymooning couples looking to get a taste of isolation before starting their married lives, or city-living folks who need a breather from their everyday urban experience. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious, catered experience or something a little more rustic, you’re bound to find something that will suit your needs.
Take a look at our favourite picks to get some inspiration, but don’t forget to book well in advance to avoid disappointment:
Although you’ll be in the same vicinity as a handful of other holidaymakers like yourself, you’ll still feel like you’re in a world of your own when you stay at these luxury lodges in Crieff. Right on the gateway to both the Highlands and The Trossachs, these lodges provide you with all the amenities that you’ll need to enjoy yourself. Modern kitchens are fitted in all 4 of the lodges, as well as private hot tubs, so you can enjoy the gorgeous scenery in true style.
If you want to treat yourself to some real Scottish hospitality but still feel like you’ve got enough space to yourself then you might just want to spirit yourself away to Colonsway. You’ll need to catch a ferry from the coastal town of Oban, which is just a 2-hour drive from Glasgow. Once you’re on the island, you’ll be one of the lucky few dozen staying there. The hotel itself, a building that dates back to 1750, only has 9 bedroms in total, so you’re guaranteed to be treated well by the friendly staff there.
Some couples might well prefer to relax in the lap of luxury on their holidays, whereas others prefer their time off to be a little more rustic in comparison. For those looking to rough it, it doesn’t get much more rustic than this. Bothies are small shacks, or shelters, traditionally built for farm hands needing to be close to their flocks during the cold winter months. Sturdily built, but sparse in amenities, this is essentially inside camping. Bring a stove and plenty of bedding if you want to be comfortable and prepare for a very peaceful night’s sleep.
The Moor of Rannoch Hotel might well be situated right next to a train station, but don’t let this put you off. This cosy treat is surrounded by thousands of square kilometres of rugged moorland and not much else. So, whilst the distance between your train and your hotel might be very short, you won’t be disturbed by the sound of passing trains. For the ideal elopement: take the Caledonian Sleeper train from London Euston, Crewe, Preston, Edinburgh or Glasgow and simply step off the station into your hotel for the weekend.
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