Beach Honeymoons

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.

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.

  1. Belaven Bay East Lothian

    Two sea kayakers paddle underneath the footbridge known as The Bridge To Nowhere as the tide comes in at Belhaven Bay near Dunbar

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved.

    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.

    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

    Lobster Creels On The Isle Of Tiree, Inner Hebrides.

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

    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.

  3. Kirkwall Orkney

    Four brightly coloured fishing boats in the harbour at Kirkwall, decked with buoys and nets, with the stone buildings of the town lining the water

    © Iain Sarjeant, all rights reserved.

    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. 

    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 Coast Trail Moray Speyside

    Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie

    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

    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. 

  5. Elie Fife

    Elie is a popular seaside town in the East Neuk of Fife. A picturesque seaside resort, Elie is gathered around a curve of golden sand. The harbour, es

    © VisitScotland / Stuart Brunton

    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.

    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 Near Inverness

    A view of Loch Ness, looking south

    © VisitScotland/Stuart Brunton

    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.

    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

  7. Barra Outer Hebrides

    Barra Airport, Traigh Mhor Beach, Isle Of Barra.

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

    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. 

    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.

  8. Oban Oban

    The MV Isle of Mull Caledonian MacBrayne ferry at Oban, prior to her departure to the Isle of Mull, with the smaller MV Eigg en route to Lismore in th

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved.

    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 & The Trossachs National Park Near Stirling

    Walkers on Conic Hill

    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 West Coast

    View from the Isle of Mull

    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 Fife

    The beach at Shell Bay, on the route of the Fife Coastal Path, near Elie, East Neuk of Fife.

    © Paul Tomkins, VS. All rights reserved.

    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

    Dunnet Bay is a white sand beach which faces the North Sea in Caithness.

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    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.

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