Here at VisitScotland we have scoured the country to bring you our top alternative Valentine’s Day ideas for singles and couples alike. Read on if you are looking for an alternative to red roses, teddies and tasteless cards as we uncover what Scotland has on offer to treat the ones you love…
Grab your skis and significant other and make way for a magical evening of skiing under the stars. Take in the beauty of the CairnGorm Mountain resort as the slopes are floodlit for night skiing, an experience not to be missed. Heat up afterwards with a hot chocolate at the mountain restaurant, the Ptarmigan.
If you find yourself without a Valentine come the 14th, treat yourself and your friends to a trip to the Blythswood Square in Glasgow for a luxury cinema experience. Square Eyes Screenings are held in the hotel’s own projection room – which is complete with plush Harris Tweed seats! Your evening will begin with cocktails and canapés followed by a showing of the ultimate chick flick, ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’. There’s only space for 40 guests so make sure you book ahead and spend Valentines with dream boat Matthew McConaughey.
Make their heart melt
Chocolate lovers everywhere embrace your inner chocolatier and create the perfect handmade gift as nothing says Valentine’s Day like a big box of chocolates! And hopefully it’s less cheesy if you make them yourself… Cocoa Black Chocolate School in Peebles offer truffle making classes which are suitable for all levels.
Speed dating with a difference
Scotland’s premier horse-racing track, Ayr Racecourse hosts their annual Valentine’s Raceday which is sure to set hearts racing as you watch top jockeys compete in seven exciting races! And if the action on the track gets a bit too much, you can always make for the Champagne Bar…
See the Stars
When dinner and a movie just won’t cut it, escape the bright lights of the city and spend an evening admiring the beauty of the stars at the UK’s only Dark Sky Park, Galloway Forest Park, in Dumfries & Galloway. Perfect for amateur stargazers and astronomers, embrace your surroundings and gaze up to the unpolluted skies where you can view the Milky Way and over 7,000 stars. Simply take a drive through the Forest Park, step outside and admire the natural beauty of the skies, all without the need for a telescope.
Wiff Waff Womance
Not quite sure where we are going with this? Neither are we. But, if you didn’t know Wiff Waff is the 300 year old name for, you guessed it… ping pong! A sport which you may not think particularly romantic, until now. Held at the Out of the Blue in the heart of Leith, Edinburgh, the evening centres around table tennis, beer, and eclectic music. Bring along a partner or look to find a new one – you may even meet your match!
Make a break of it
And if somewhat unusual is simply not your style when wooing your loved one, there are plenty more traditional romantic ideas for creating the perfect Valentine’s Day in Scotland. Whisk your partner away for a weekend and make the most of Michelin-starred restaurants, luxurious hotels and beautiful scenery. Try our 4 day guide for a romantic break around Scotland, or for a slightly longer escape try our Romantic Scotland itinerary.
If you are feeling regal, why not celebrate Valentine’s Day like a Royal. Prince Charles has revealed his romantic side and is offering “the ultimate in romantic evenings” at Dumfries House, the Scottish house he saved in East Ayrshire. For £85 per person, 40 guests will be given a tour of the house, followed by Prosecco and dinner in the great steward’s dining room, which will be lavishly dressed for the evening.
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