After your big day, it is understandable that you'll be wanting to escape the chaos of your daily life and take a break from reality for a bit. These moments are the ones you will remember for the rest of your life and should cement the bond you have with your spouse.
As my own big day is approaching, I have been doing some research into honeymoon destinations that are 1. Not too far from home, 2. Will not break the bank and 3. Offers something very different to a traditional 'beach holiday' or something similar.
It is when I realised that Scotland is on many lists of the best places to honeymoon in the world; it is home to idyllic getaways, romantic and unforgettable experiences, and cosy accommodation to bond further with your partner in front of a real fireplace. Plus, the world-famous Scottish hospitality. So, if you're coming from the UK, a Scottish Honeymoon is maybe something to consider the country as a quick alternative - or if you're coming from abroad then you're in for a real treat.
So, here are a few reasons why we think that a Honeymoon in Scotland is perfect.
The City - Edinburgh
Edinburgh on its own is widely considered as one of the best cities in Europe to visit. It offers dramatic scenery, a wealth of history to explore, some of the best restaurants and bars in the country and it is the gateway to the highlands.
There is so much to do in the city, so whether you're excited about a night on the 'toon and enjoying the local nightlife, seeing the famous landmarks and seeing the Royal residences, or spending the evening in some of Edinburgh's most romantic restaurants, then you're spoilt for choice.
During the day, Edinburgh is great for long walks, shopping, sightseeing and eating. In the evening, you are able to see a show, catch a play, listen to live music, drink a quiet one in a traditional Scottish pub or go wild with the locals in one of the many late-night venues.
Romantic Hotels & Accommodations
One thing you can say about Scotland is that it is beautiful - but the weather is also a little bit 'grey'. Although, when the sun comes out the place is amazing, a lot of the time things can be a wee bit wet and rainy.
So, what happens if the rain catches you off guard? You'll need to know that the hotel or accommodation will be enough for the day.
Scotland is famous for its hospitality, and quaint, historic and (often) luxury accommodation. Whether you're staying in the cities or heading up to the highlands, Scotland has a huge variety of castles, manor houses, spas and resorts that are ideal for a honeymoon escape. The best ones are small and cosy so you can sit by the fire, with a whiskey in hand, and enjoy the buzz of the room rather than going out into the rain.
The best hotels can be found in the highlands. They can be as simple as a chalet and hot-tub overlooking the highlands, or as grand and luxurious as the Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa.
If there is anything a Scottish Honeymoon will offer, it is genuinely breathtaking views and scenery. Scotland has dramatic hills and landscapes, grand period buildings, and weather that creates an alpine atmosphere like nowhere else. Plus the highland beaches are pristine, glowing crystal clear blue paradise you'd expect to see in Zanzibar. In the summer, these little fishing villages fell very much like a tropical coastline.
The perfect honeymoon is surely about making memories, right? There is actually nothing comparable to sitting on the edge of a crag and enjoying a lovely warm cup of tea with your lover - or sunbathing on a white sandy beach. Both can be achieved in the same day in Scotland, you just need to know where to look!
Finally, thanks to Scotland's northern positioning, the highlands are one of the best places in the world to gaze at stars and see the Aurora Borealis. How romantic is it to stargaze with your star-crossed lover?
Plenty to Do
Right across the board, there is something for everybody in Scotland. Whether you like to walk/ hike, sit by the beach, explore the castles and history, visit distilleries, hang glide or fly a glider, quad bike into the wilderness, do water sports, go fishing, sea-kayak and sea swim or just relax in the local Edinburgh Gin Distillery. Scotland is home to it all.
It is going to be quite hard to collate all of the things you can do on a Scotland Honeymoon, but if you contact a local tour guide they will be able to accommodate everything you'd like to do.