With scenery that is sure to sweep you off your feet and views to get your pulse racing, the Scottish Highlands is an ideal location for a romantic getaway. Castle ruins, quiet glens, panoramic mountain views, secluded beaches… what could be more romantic?
From city apartments to idyllic countryside retreats, Gael Holiday Homes has a range of properties that are ideal for romantic breaks in the Highlands. And it’s not too late if you’re thinking about whisking a loved one away for a surprise Valentine’s break. Here are a few ideas.
A Coastal Retreat
Why not head to the coast to recharge the batteries and spend some quality time together? On the scenic west coast, Minch View is located within a National Scenic Area and enjoys a secluded setting with sea views. Soak up the seascape and the views towards Skye and Lewis and Harris from the sun lounge, go for long walks on one of the lovely sandy beaches around Gairloch or take a wildlife watching boat trip in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins. There are a number of top attractions in the surrounding area or you could just enjoy the views and the selection of books and DVDs in this comfortable and spacious home-from-home.
A City Break
Inverness is a great choice for a short city break, with plenty of Highland charm. As well as shopping, sightseeing around the city and walking along the River Ness, your Valentine’s break could include an evening at Eden Court Theatre (also home to a cinema) and fine dining at one of the city’s fantastic restaurants. You could also explore local attractions and sights such as Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, or journey further afield – Inverness is ideally located at a crossroads in the Highlands with a host of wonderful day trips on its doorstep.
If you’re looking for something right in the heart of the city, 404 By the Bridge is a luxury one bedroom serviced apartment on the banks of the River Ness and overlooking Inverness Castle (and you can enjoy the views from your own balcony), only a two minute walk from the main shopping area.
For something a bit further out No 57 Holm Farm Apartment is located to the south east of Inverness, a 10 minute drive from the city centre. This modern apartment, built in 2014, is an ideal base for a romantic getaway, finished to a high standard and with everything you need for a relaxing self-catering stay (3 nights minimum stay).
A Log Cabin Hideaway
The Speyside area stretches from the coast to the mountains and is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, whisky lovers, walkers and those just searching for picturesque surroundings in which to unwind. Ben Rinnes View is a comfortable and cosy log cabin in a peaceful location just outside Ballindalloch. Enjoy lovely views and walks from the cabin, explore the nearby Cairngorms National Park, discover the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail and try to spot dolphins at Spey Bay. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to be active in nature or just relax in an idyllic setting.
A Historic Town
The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is an attractive, historic town, famed for its mild climate, gorgeous sandy beaches and championship golf course. The town is within a National Scenic Area, on the edge of the Dornoch Firth, with a myriad of attractions and activities to enjoy during a self-catering stay. No 8 Argyle Place is a two bedroom, luxury apartment ideally located right in the town square, in the centre of Dornoch’s conservation area, with views of the 13th century cathedral. This modern apartment is beautifully decorated and is available for rent for a minimum of four nights.
Visit Gael Holiday Homes for more information and to check availability for your Valentine’s getaway.