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Romantic Hotels seem to be a speciality in Scotland

Romantic hotels in Scotland are easy to find. We’ve brainstormed a short useful list here. What is it about the place that makes it such a romantic setting?

Romantic Hotels in Scotland

Romantic hotels and Scotland seem to go together - it's that combination of the get-away-from-it-all element, the outdoorsy, misty, Celtic twilighty-ness (whoa-steady) of Scotland, plus the cosy thought of crackling log fires in wood-panelled, mellowed but welcoming Highland lodges.

Stop. Stop. That's enough. I think I just wrote a sentence in Scots Baronial.

It was almost St Valentine's Day when we thought about this, so we brainstormed a few romantic places to stay. There are lots. (We didn't even start on the boutique hotels in Scotland's cities that can also be classed as romantic hotels.)

The ones here are some we know from personal experience or by reputation or feedback (from clients). 

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A great hotel for sunsets

In Argyll, watch the sun go down over the hills of Ardgour, across Loch Linnhe, from the dining room of The Holly Tree at Kentallen, ideally while eating a plate of the best squat lobsters you’ll ever eat. I certainly did.

The Holly Tree Hotel, Kentallen. It was once an Edwardian railway station.

The Holly Tree Hotel, Kentallen. It was once an Edwardian railway station.

The view from The Holly Tree Hotel - looking west across Loch Linnhe

The view from The Holly Tree Hotel - looking west across Loch Linnhe

When we were there, we were told that they are caught locally by a wee man in a boat, who delivers them directly to the hotel. (I think this counts as several romantic experiences at once.)

Fancy escaping to a romantic hotel on your own private island? The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island is a lovely 5 star hotel just north of Oban.

Isle of Eriska, Hotel, Spa & Island. Argyll.

Isle of Eriska, Hotel, Spa & Island. Argyll.

A romantic encounter  on the Braes of Balquhidder

Explore Balquhidder Glen, north of Callander. It was here that Romantic poet William Wordsworth, on the 1803 Scottish tour, saw a local girl working at the harvest. The result was one of his better-known poems ‘The Solitary Reaper’ with its lines about the singing girl ‘Breaking the silence of the seas / Among the farthest Hebrides’.

Also ‘The music in my heart I bore / Long after it was heard no more.’ Totally romantic, don’t you think?

Monachyle Mhor – award winning hideaway in Balquhidder Glen.

Monachyle Mhor – award winning hideaway in Balquhidder Glen.

Then stay at nearby Monachyle Mhor Hotel (pictured here) – a small family-run award-winning luxury hotel in the heart of the Trossachs. It’s a perfect romantic break hotel with fourteen individually designed rooms .

Discover it along a single-track road that winds along the banks of Loch Voil. The award-winning menus by Tom Lewis and his team are based on fresh Scottish produce – much of it sourced from their own farm – which is on the hotel’s doorstep.

(Johanna in her Scottish tour guide daya stayed here twice while guiding clients – she tells me the food is some of the best she has ever had in Scotland – lucky her!) The enterprising Lewis family also run Mhor 84 nearby at Kingshouse - less expensive but still a popular romantic getaway.

Romance of the Scottish Borders

Castle Venlaw Hotel is in the Scottish Borders near Peebles – and is another place that springs to mind amongst romantic break hotels ( We had our own wedding reception here – very romantic!). All rooms have four poster beds and luxury bathrooms as well as fibre optic lighting, candles, a music system and your personal champagne cooler. 

Quite close by is Traquair House, the home of the Earls of Traquair and still lived in by their descendants, the Maxwell Stuart family. It’s a romantic hotel of a kind – but it’s also sometimes described as the oldest inhabited house in Scotland.

Honeymoon couples are treated to a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Catherine Maxwell-Stuart who lives here with her family makes you very welcome in her ancient family home.

The Peat Inn is near St Andrews. It has a long-established reputation as simply one of the top places to eat in Scotland. But it’s also a romantic hotel, or more accurately a restaurant with rooms, as you can stay over in their Residence. It has beautifully appointed suites with bedroom and separate living room uniquely on two levels.

Then there is Kinloch Lodge Hotel and Restaurant. Take the ferry ‘over the sea to Skye’ from Mallaig ( or the Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh) to discover this especially romantic hotel. This is the home of the chief of the Clan Donald and his wife, Claire Macdonald, a noted cook/writer.

This Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel is charming, cosy and welcoming. Enjoy the very best of local and seasonal produce – the afternoon tea home-baking is especially delicious. (This is a classic romantic break hotel. We have both stayed here for work reasons and Johanna has also taken one of Lady Claire’s cookery courses.)

Kinloch Lodge Hotel on the romantic isle of skye

Kinloch Lodge Hotel on the romantic isle of skye

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