Have you ever thought about mixing your honeymoon with a beach activity holiday? Scotland may not be the first place you think of when looking for beach honeymoon destinations, but thankfully we are here to convince you otherwise. There are countless beach activities for couples on offer around Scotland's waters, in some seriously romantic locations. So, if you are planning a beach honeymoon in Scotland and want to stay active, you are in the right place.
Whether you are used to being in the water or keen to try something for the first time, beach honeymoon holidays give you a chance to unwind and have fun. You don't have to rough it either! Scotland's coastline is full of romantic and luxury accommodation that will suit newlyweds. And what could be more romantic than cool, clear blue waters and sandy beaches stretching out for miles - Scotland has no shortage of these.
Planning a Beach Honeymoon?
Ready to find out more about Scotland's best beach honeymoon destinations? Read on for some of the best beach honeymoon spots and beach activities for couples.
If you are a surfer, your beach honeymoon ideas will probably involve waves, waves and more waves. Luckily for you, Scotland has some of the best surfing spots in the UK around its shores. So, once the wedding formalities are taken care of, it's time to grab your wetsuit and board and head for the beach! If you have never surfed before but are keen to learn something new on your honeymoon, Scotland has plenty of surf schools to choose from too. Check out these super surfing locations around the country.
1. Belhaven Bay, East Lothian
Belhaven Bay stretches from Belhaven to the north of the River Tyne in East Lothian. With stunning views across the Forth Estuary and regular waves, it is the ideal beach for surfing. Learn all the basics from expert instructors, rent equipment or enjoy a tour of the coastline at Coast to Coast Surf School.
2. Isle of Tiree, Inner Hebrides
The Inner Hebrides are not only wild and beautiful, they are a hotspot for watersports like surfing. The Isle of Tiree is widely regarded as one of the best surfing spots in the UK, and it also holds the accolade of being one of the country's sunniest places. As the surf picks up, you and your partner will be able to ride the waves from dawn until dusk. This is also a great place to try windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddleboarding. Beginners should look up Suds Surf School.
Take a Coastal Walk on Your Honeymoon
If you desire to be close to the water on your honeymoon, but not necessarily in it, then a coastal walking holiday could be just the getaway for you. Scotland has many spectacular coastal walks that combine rugged terrain with dramatic views. Time your walk right and you could enjoy a romantic sunset together - you could even do it the other way around and watch the sunrise together! Or, for a unique beach honeymoon activity, why not take your trip to Scotland's coast up a gear and try out horse riding? Take a look at these fantastic walking destinations.
Take a walking tour of Orkney and discover the ancient history of Scotland at a host of fascinating sites. From the Neolithic village of Skara Brae to the Ring of Brodgar, a grand stone circle, this part of Scotland is a treasure trove. Unwind in the Orcadian countryside or book a stay in the capital, Kirkwall, where you'll find lively restaurants and bars.
4. Moray Coastal Trail
Head for the north east of Scotland for whisky distilleries, castles and amazing beaches. The Moray Coastal Trail offers an attractive walking route with plenty of pretty places to stay. Although the walking is straightforward, the views in this part of Scotland will take your breath away.
Sailing on Your Honeymoon
Romantic beach breaks are one thing, but what if you could hop on a boat and sail around Scotland's coastline? Now wouldn't that be romantic! This is your chance to see several remote honeymoon beach destinations in one trip. Whether you're experienced on the water or a novice sailor, Scotland's coasts and waters are the perfect place to take a sailing holiday. Skippered charters are a great way to see the country without having to sail the boat yourself. Bareboat charters allow you to organise your own itinerary. And of course, if you want to learn to sail there are plenty of places to do that too.
The tidal bay around Elie harbour provides the perfect location for a sailing holiday. Beginners and more experienced sailors will love it here, whether relaxing in a dinghy or heading off in a keelboat on a cruise along the River Forth. The sailing season is from mid-April to October. And is the perfect beach activity for couples celebrating their happily ever after.
6. Loch Ness
Loch Ness is one of the largest and deepest expanses of water in the UK, and there is no better way to explore it than by boat. Honeymooners will find all kinds of things to see and do on the banks of the loch, and there's even a chance of spotting the world's shyest monster: Nessie.
With over 10,000 km of coastline and lochs and rivers galore, it's no surprise that Scotland is a great place for watersports. From adrenaline-fuelled pursuits like white water rafting and canyoning to more gentle activities like kayaking and diving, you'll find no shortage of options on your Scottish honeymoon. For something completely different you could try beach activities like land yachting.
7. Outer Hebrides
Honeymoons are supposed to be unforgettable, so do the right thing and pick an unforgettable location like the Outer Hebrides! With their empty white beaches and crystal clear waters, islands like Barra are the perfect location for watersports. Snorkel safaris, sea kayak trips or coasteering are great options for active couples.
Oban is not only the gateway to the Isles, it is also Scotland's premier sea kayaking centre. From your base in Oban, you can paddle a kayak around the Scottish islands of Mull, Iona, Colonsay and more. Away from the water you can visit fascinating castles or stop in for a dram at Oban Distillery.
9. Loch Lomond & Trossachs
Loch Lomond is a haven for watersports enthusiasts and every kind of ingenious watercraft you can think of can be seen cruising around. From water-skis to wakeboards and even banana boats, Loch Lomond provides an inspiring and romantic setting for getting out on the water.
10. Argyll & The Isles
Explore the inspiring islands of the west coast on an exciting sailing holiday. From bustling marinas like Campbeltown to quieter spots like the Isle of Jura, there are so many things for honeymooning couples to see in this part of Scotland. Read more about sailing in Argyll.
11. Fife Coastal Path
The Fife Coastal path is a 183 km trail through the diverse landscapes of Fife and is perfect for a honeymoon break in Scotland. Spend some quiet time with your other half in the quaint fishing villages of the East Neuk or make a night of it in historic St Andrews. This route is packed with exciting things to see including ruined castles, nature reserves and former fishing villages.
12. Dunnet Bay, between Thurso and John o'Groats
Many people are looking for somewhere remote to spend their honeymoon and the far north of Scotland completely ticks this box. For a secluded beach honeymoon, venture north to Dunnet Bay. One of Scotland's best surfing spots, there are also opportunities to spot wildlife here, particularly seabirds.