The most romantic day of the year is fast approaching! If you still have ideas to mark the occasion with that special someone, don’t worry, we’ve put together a roundup of romantic and offbeat date ideas in Scotland that are sure to impress. .
1. Explore Black Linn Falls at the Hermitage
Take a trip to Black Linn Falls. Nestled in the verdant vegetation of the Hermitage, nestled among giant Douglas firs (some of the tallest trees in the UK), enjoy a romantic walk and take in the stunning scenery.
If you really want to impress your date, the best place to see the cascading falls is at the observation point: “Ossian’s Hall of Mirrors”. The Georgian building erected in 1757 houses a painting by the romantic poet Ossain and a hall of mirrors that gives the illusion of being surrounded by water from all angles.
Image credit: Paul Farmer
2. Book for a drink at Summerhall Drinks Lab
The Summerhall Drinks Lab in Edinburgh is renowned for its idiosyncratic experiences – from gin cruises to whiskey and vegan cheese tastings, to courses on how to create your own mixer.
Come for a drink – and a gift certificate for one of their experiences would make the perfect extra surprise for your loved one.
3. Stargaze at Galloway Forest Park
Possibly Scotland’s most famous stargazing spot – and for good reason! – Galloway Forest Park contains many dark sky discovery points. These are locations that are shielded from local light pollution, offer unobstructed views of the skyline, and are well accessible to the public, including wheelchair users.
The nearby Clatteringshaws Visitor Center overlooks the darkest part of the forest park – the perfect spot for some truly spectacular viewing.
4. Escape to a secret treehouse
Nestled in the wilderness of Lanrick, these eco-friendly treehouses are perfect for an unforgettable trip away from it all. These fairy-tale accommodations offer the perfect blend of luxurious comfort and wilderness – you really have to see them to believe them.
They are perfectly located for exploring the nearby Trossachs National Park – a short drive away – with activities like rock climbing, wild swimming and canoeing offering plenty of opportunities to spend some quality time.
5. Not your ordinary cinematic experience
So the idea of a movie might seem cliché on the surface – but it’s a cinematic experience with a twist. At the Everyman cinema in Glasgow, you can arrive early to woo your date over a cocktail – and if you really want to pull out the big guns, order food and drink to be delivered straight to your seat at the cinema. The seats in question are sofas – perfect for snuggling up with your loved one.
And oh – don’t think there’s anything for you if you’re single and a little past Valentine’s Day. Everyone is planning a special screening for “La Palentine” day to also mark Superbad’s 15th anniversary.