Good company paired with a walk around beautiful Scottish landscapes makes for a day well spent.
Spring is on the horizon, bringing with it lighter evenings, longer days and hopeful blue skies. And, of course, Valentine’s Day. The usual cocktails and meal for two at a lavish restaurant might not be an option this year. However, we are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes that boast some of the top romantic walks in Scotland. An ideal Valentine’s Day alternative.
Disclaimer: at the current time it is within the Government guidelines that you should not travel out within five miles of your home. We urge you to please remember this when considering to visit any of the routes mentioned.
Let’s take a look at some of our favourite romantic walks around Scotland.
West Sands, St. Andrews
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Nothing says romance like a long walk along the beach. The expansive shores of West Sands offer the perfect place to take in a glowing sunset to the enchanting sound of crashing waves and views of St.Andrews in the distance. You’ll also pass the world famous Old Course along the two mile stretch of sand; one for the golf lovers out there!
Whilst you’re there, pop along to St.Andrews favourite new food truck; The Cheesy Toast Shack. Located on East Sands Beach and further along at Kingsbarns Beach, you can pick up a delicious hot snack and drink to take away. Their mac & cheese toastie has got everyone in Fife talking!
The Falls of Bruar, Blair Atholl
Heading up north, you and your loved one can enjoy the charming surrounds of The Falls of Bruar just outside of Blair Atholl. As one of Perthshire’s beloved beauty spots, the collective of waterfalls can be reached by following the designated walking routes as signposted. It’s a pleasant climb from the lower falls up, however you will encounter some steep parts of the path along the way but it’s all worth it for lovely views at the top.
Did you know?
It’s this beauty spot that inspired Scottish poet Robert Burns to write ‘The Humble Petition of Bruar Water.’ The poem was a plea to the 4th Duke of Atholl to flourish the barren rocky falls with trees and greenery.
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
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One for our friends over the bridge. Take a romantic stroll up to the iconic extinct volcano best known as Arthur’s Seat. From the summit you can enjoy glorious panoramic views of Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh and right across the River Forth to the Kingdom of Fife. Pack a couple of travel cups with piping hot tea and a couple of biscuits and head up earl evening to catch the glowing sunset.
If you’d prefer a walk that’s a little less steep and rocky then you also take a walk around Holyrood Park at lower ground surrounding Arthur’s Seat.
Pollok Country Park, Glasgow
Step outside of Glasgow’s city streets for a romantic stroll around the quaint gardens and woodland of Pollok Country Park. Due to restrictions the courtyard at Pollok House is currently off limits to the public. However there are still plenty of enjoyable paths to wander in the surrounding area with your partner.
Keep an eye out for the world famous Burrell Collection museum which is located in the centre of the park.
Loch Leven, Perth & Kinross
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Located on the edge of Kinross, Loch Leven is a beautiful Scottish loch with a total of seven islands dotted about in the waters. On a clear day, the peaceful waters and surrounding hill tops make for quite the break-taking views. You can follow various trails and forest areas close to the water that you can follow for a short walk. Or, to see the loch in its full glory follow the Loch Leven Heritage Trail which is an impressive thirteen mile walk.
Along the way you can visit the Loch Leven’s Larder food hall which is currently still open for essential food items. As well as offering a click and collect ‘Dine at Home’ service for delicious pre-prepared meals with vegetarian and gluten free options available.
Did you know?
The island known as St. Serif’s Inch is home to Loch Leven castle which is the exact place where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567
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19 January 2021