Here comes the bride – and presumably the groom too, unless things haven’t really gone to plan! A recent YouGov survey has revealed Scotland to be Britain’s number one destination for newlyweds, with 26% of respondents saying that they would choose Scotland if they were to honeymoon in the UK. The southwest of England was second choice with 24%, and Wales gained third place with 7% of the vote.
According to the poll, over six out of ten Brits would consider a ‘staycation’ after their wedding and Scots were particularly keen for a homebound honeymoon – 77% said they would travel within the UK, of which almost half (46%) would stay in Scotland itself. Though keeping costs and travel times down was one important factor, the majority of respondents saw their honeymoon as a great chance to discover another part of their own country. I’m inclined to agree – I’ve spent most of my life in Scotland and I still have dozens of places on my bucket list, from Harris in the Outer Hebrides to Galloway Forest Park in Dumfries & Galloway.
Most prospective honeymooners would opt for a luxury break or a holiday in the countryside, taking advantage of Scotland’s stunning nature and geography. Others might prefer a relaxing coastal holiday, and some would choose to explore Edinburgh, Glasgow or another of Scotland’s vibrant cities. We’ve come up with a few more ideas for honeymoons in Scotland – take a look, and feel free to add your own ideas in the comments section.
The Royal Scotsman
You might take a holiday every year, but unless you’re Elizabeth Taylor/Mary Queen of Scots/Ross Geller you’re not going to be getting married that often. Your honeymoon deserves a little (or a lot of) extravagance, and you can’t get much more glamorous than The Royal Scotsman. This luxury train takes you from Edinburgh to various locations in the Highlands, allowing you to soak up vistas of peaceful lochs and imposing mountains in five-star surroundings. You can even buy or hire a kilt on board if you fancy looking the part – how many other train services can say that?!
Hogmanay honeymoons got the A-list seal of approval earlier this year when Kate Winslet and her husband Ned Rocknroll celebrated their nuptials with a New Year holiday in the Highlands. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations are sure to start your honeymoon with a bang – the world-famous festivities include a huge concert, street party and spectacular from Edinburgh Castle. For a more tranquil start to the New Year (and married life), opt for a quiet country holiday, perhaps on the stunning Isle of Skye.
While some newlyweds want nothing more than to unwind from the wedding stress on an island paradise, for the more adventurous among us, the thought of lying on a beach for two weeks is pure torture. With multiple lochs to be sailed and mountains to be climbed, Scotland is the perfect choice for adrenaline addicts looking to spice up their honeymoon with a little high-speed activity. Try sea kayaking along the rocky coastlines, white water rafting across river rapids, or mountain biking through hills and woodlands for incredible views.
Have you taken a honeymoon in Scotland, or are you planning to? Tell us all about your experiences below, and have a look at our guide to getting married in Scotland for ideas and info on travel, accommodation and more.