Take a romantic tour of Scotland

Discover romantic ideas for creating the perfect four-day tour of Scotland, from luxurious hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants to relaxing walks through stunning scenery and exploring beautiful castles.

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  • The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel, Lochaber
    The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel, Lochaber
  • A couple take their dog for a walk through the Loch Lomond & The Trossochs National Park
    Walking in Loch Lomond & The Trossochs National Park
  • The Loch Lomond Seaplane taking off from the River Clyde in Glasgow
    The Loch Lomond Seaplane taking off from the River Clyde in Glasgow
  • The music room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
    The music room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
  • Looking out from the bow of the steamship, Sir Walter Scott, to Loch Katrine
    The steamship, Sir Walter Scott, on Loch Katrine

A couple walking through Kelvingrove ParkBegin your romantic escape by whisking your loved one away to Glasgow for the day and start by taking a leisurely stroll around Kelvingrove Park and admiring its Victorian style, complete with a bandstand and amphitheatre.

Take a short walk down one of Glasgow’s famous shopping streets, Sauchiehall Street, where you can indulge in some retail therapy and arrive at Saint Judes on Bath Street for an afternoon tea with a twist. Relax and indulge in a cake stand full of finger sandwiches and sweet treats accompanied with your choice of unique tea time martinis all served in the Intoxicating Tearooms.

Continue to explore Glasgow’s culture and follow the city’s brilliant Rennie Mackintosh attraction trail which features 12 locations where the architect’s best work can be found. One of the route’s highlights is the beautiful House for an Art Lover which was designed by Mackintosh and is one of Glasgow’ most distinctive and popular wedding venues.

For a truly amazing dinner experience, take off from the River Clyde on a seaplane for a thrilling 40-minute flight to Loch Lomond to enjoy a delicious meal at the renowned Cameron House. Enjoy a sumptuous meal in the hotel’s renowned Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond restaurant which was awarded a Michelin star in October 2011. Spoil your partner even more by spending a night in luxury in one of Cameron House’s lavish suites.

Start your day indulging in the luxury of your room with a lie-in and a relaxing breakfast in bed followed by a walk along the shores of Loch Lomond complete with breathtaking views. Alternatively, if you fancy picking up a special gift to treat your loved one, head off early to the Loch Lomond Shores which is home to a wide array of shops and cafes and is only a 30-minute drive away.

Next, take a scenic drive through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first National Park, to the beautiful Loch Katrine. It lies about an hour’s drive away from Cameron House but there are many places to stop off at along the way, including the stunning Queen Elizabeth Forest Park with its secluded woodland walks.

When you reach Loch Katrine, you are guaranteed to fall in love with the landscape just as many have before. The loch inspired Sir Walter Scott’s famous poem The Lady of the Lake. Enjoy a romantic sail aboard on one of the loch’s steamships, such as the aptly-named Sir Walter Scott and Lady of the Lake, across the peaceful water with delicious refreshments from the on-board kiosk.

After an exciting day exploring this stunning area enjoy a cosy dinner in one of the region’s great restaurants and spend the night at a fantastic bed and breakfast, hotel or self catering property in the area. Use the comprehensive accommodation search to find the perfect place to stay.

Start your third day by getting up bright and early to set off to Fort William for another spectacular journey with two and a half hours of awe-inspiring scenery to enjoy en route.

Once you reach Fort William, board the famous Jacobite steam train to Mallaig which has been voted ‘Top Railway Journey in the World’ for the last three years by Wanderlust Magazine. The Jacobite, and the dramatic Glenfinnan Viaduct it rides over, featured in the Harry Potter films and the journey certainly is a magical experience. The amazing 42-mile trip takes you past truly memorable scenery, including Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, its deepest loch, shortest river and most westerly station, Arisaig.

Arrive at the small fishing town of Mallaig at the end of the line and soak up the atmosphere as you explore the shops and bars. You can even try some of the freshly-caught seafood at one of the local fish and chip shops.

The town is a great base for exploring Scotland’s spectacular islands. Take the morning Jacobite steam train journey to Mallaig where you can hop on the CalMac ferry to Armadale in the afternoon. After a 30-minute crossing you will arrive on the beautiful island of Skye - the perfect setting for the last day of your romantic tour of Scotland.

Looking over to the coloured houses of Portree on the Isle of SkyeExperience peaceful walks through Skye’s mountainous landscape which is dotted with waterfalls, castle ruins and stone circles. You may stumble upon something even more magical than the enchanting scenery as Skye is full of intriguing myths and legends.

Walk through the unusual conical hills and over a bracken ridge to reach the legendary Faerie Glen near Uig. Discover the enthralling Faerie’s Meeting Place, complete with a glassy loch, circle formations and grassy knolls.

Travel to the magnificent Dunvegan Castle, an hour’s drive away, to find out more about Skye’s fairy folklore. The castle is home to the Fairy Flag of Dunvegan, a precious heirloom which is shrouded in mystery.

Some tales claim that the flag was given as a gift from the fairies to an infant clan chief, while others say it was a keepsake given to a chief from a departing fairy-lover - a very romantic gesture. Other stories state the flag brought luck to servicemen in the Second World War but all tales attribute strong magical powers to the intriguing Fairy Flag.

Treat yourselves to a delectable gastronomic experience at the award-winning Three Chimneys restaurant, just 15 minutes from Dunvegan Castle. Savour the restaurant’s delicious modern Scottish cuisine created by head chef Michael Smith, using the best local produce from fresh fish and seafood, to locally reared lamb and fruit and vegetables from the island’s crofts and gardens.

Finish your trip with an exciting boat trip round the coast of Skye. Head to the island’s largest town Portree, an hour’s drive from Dunvegan, and board the MV Stardust for a fantastic wildlife boat tour where you will have the chance to spot friendly seals, magnificent sea eagles and maybe even dolphins. For an added treat, why not charter your own private boat, complete with bespoke boat trip, for a memorable end to your holiday?