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A Guide to Seasonal Romantic Breaks in Scotland

Are you dreaming of a romantic getaway with your partner? Maybe you want to go off the beaten track and spend some quality time in the countryside. Or maybe you're in the mood for an action-packed city break with luxury accommodation and award-winning restaurants. Scotland offers all this and more! From island hopping breaks on the west coast to stargazing in the south of Scotland, the sky is the limit for couples seeking their next adventure.

From winter trips and romantic Valentine's Day breaks to summer getaways, Scotland has something unforgettable to offer all year round. Moments of magic and romance are just around the corner when you book a trip to Scotland.

Spring Romantic Breaks

Relax. It's spring and you're on your way to Scotland with the one you love. Or at least you could be! And just think of the all fun you could be having on your trip. Wild landscapes and wildlife are coming back to life after winter, looking fine in the spring sunlight - making it a great time of year for photography. It's also the perfect time of year to take a wellness break together and recharge your batteries after the winter months - even if it's just for a weekend.

Weekend romantic getaways in spring are the perfect form of escapism. They offer a great chance to see some of the must-visit spots or see our most iconic sites in a different light. You'll find it is typically dry at this time of year too, although you can never be quite sure of the weather in Scotland! If you love whisky it's a good idea to keep May in mind, as we celebrate Whisky Month around the country. There is no better time to enjoy a dram than with the one you love in Scotland's beautiful surroundings.

Summer Romantic Breaks

Summer in Scotland is always welcome after the colder months, and couples looking for romantic breaks together have lots of options. When it comes to romantic locations, couples may want to look for quieter places, away from hustle and bustle of summer. So rather than travel to Edinburgh, consider taking a city break to Perth, Inverness or Glasgow. If it's a trip to the islands that you fancy, think Mull, Tiree or Iona. Peaceful romantic breaks are a Scottish speciality!

Of course, romantic breaks don't have to be quiet - they can be active too. Scotland's lush summer landscapes are bursting with things to do. If you decide to stay by the coast then you'll have access to watersports like kayaking and sailing, further inland there are Munros to climb and forests to cycle through. Summer is a fine time to visit the islands of Scotland, when the air is warm and the coastal waters are sparkling in the bright sunshine.

Autumn Romantic Breaks

If any season has a claim to being the most romantic, it would be autumn. With its kaleidoscopic colours, moody skies and cool, crisp days, autumn fills the heart with wonder. At this time of year you can enjoy inspiring days out at all kinds of attractions including parks, distilleries and historic monuments. Scenic walks are one of the season's highlights. Whether you decide to stroll through a Perthshire forest or take a coastal walk as the waves crash against the shore, Scotland is waiting to be explored on foot.  After the perfect walk, couples can look forward to arriving back at luxury accommodation - there might even be a hot tub waiting for you!

Autumn is also a great time to book a city break. The question is, will you go for the time-honoured charms of Edinburgh, or try out a different city like Aberdeen or Perth? The advantage of staying in a more northerly city like Aberdeen is that you have easy access to the Highlands and the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. Perth is also a good base for couples who wish to spend time in the countryside - take a look at these day trips and tours from the city.

Winter Romantic Breaks

As the nights draw in and the evening skies turn into a beautiful canvas of oranges, reds and purples, Scotland's winter arrives in glorious style. Throughout the winter months you'll find everything from Christmas markets to spectacular fire festivals. The good news for couples looking for a low-cost romantic break is that there are lots of fantastic accommodation options that are cheaper over the winter months than at any other time of year. Cosy lodges with hot tubs, luxury hotels with spas and self-catering cottages with roaring fires are amongst the most popular holiday options for couples.

Couples looking to take a romantic Christmas break in Scotland have lots to consider. Do you want to experience the bustling Christmas markets of Scotland's cities or take a bracing winter walk in the Scottish countryside? And if you're staying for Christmas, have you thought about extending your trip to include a New Year's romantic break - or as the Scots call it: Hogmanay. You could even try snowsports over the winter period, but remember to check the snow conditions before booking anything - read our snowsports FAQs for more info.

After the new year comes in, why not enjoy a romantic Valentine weekend break. From stunning restaurants where you can sample the finest Scottish cuisine, to a night away in unique accommodation to celebrate the special occasion. Discover what Scotland has to offer for the perfect Valentine's break.