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Travel: Future trips to romantic hotels in Scotland for Valentine’s Day gifts

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While Valentine’s Day this year might mean dinner at home, a Valentine’s gift can mean something to look forward to.

Plan for future romantic trips and Michelin Star dinners, country escapes and village retreats by purchasing vouchers that open up a whole world of sumptuous meals, mini breaks and tranquil escapes to celebrate time together and good things ahead.

Here, the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of their top recommended romantic hotels in Scotland, for when lockdown ends and holidays are back on the menu.

Glenfinnan House Hotel, Fort William

Dramatically situated on the shore of Loch Shiel with Ben Nevis hovering in the background, Glenfinnan House Hotel is an 18th century inn surrounded by tranquil gardens.

Built for a survivor of the infamous battle at Culloden, it has a real sense of history as well as a feeling of home. This is a chance to walk in the fresh air, take in the views and relax by the fire when you return.

Afternoon tea is a must and it never goes amiss to dress for dinner and turn it into a really special occasion.

Forss House, Thurso

On the banks of the Forss River and surrounded by woodland, Forss House is about traditional style, warm welcomes, country pursuits and plenty of whisky

. It has a reputation for excellence, which makes a treat to look forward to. Dating back to 1810, this country house is hidden amid 20 acres of woodland.

The 14 rooms and suites meanwhile, offer a sense of historic charm. It’s perfect for a romantic retreat.

Shieldaig Lodge, Gairloch

A Highland escape set in a 26,000-acre estate on Shieldaig Bay, Shieldaig Lodge is all log-fires, snug lounges and it has a bar with more than 250 award-winning whiskies and over 110 world class gins.

Dine in style on locally sourced West Highland ingredients and home-grown produce.

Then wake to waterside views and an abundance of time to enjoy one another’s company as well as the natural beauty outside.

Bunchrew House, Inverness

On the shores of Inverness, gazing across the Beauly Firth, Bunchrew House is the place for romantic walks and watching the sun set while you have dinner.

Enjoy cocktails in the lounge by the log fire, spot wildlife as you go about your day and eat with views of the water.

An exquisite example of 16th century architecture, it is little wonder that Bunchrew House is a favourite wedding destination and the perfect place to look forward to visiting.

Cringletie House, Peebles

Secluded in large wooded grounds, Cringletie House is a baronial mansion where every bedroom is individually decorated.

Fairytale turrets and feature fireplaces embellish the main building, and there’s a cottage within the grounds for groups of friends to share.

Meanwhile, unpretentious fine dining using seasonal ingredients is the order of the day.

Rufflets, St. Andrews

Said to be one of the highest quality country house hotels in Scotland, Rufflets stands in beautiful ten-acre grounds. It makes a peaceful and romantic please to stay.

Choose one of the luxurious bedrooms and suites – the Turret Rooms are a real favourite – one with a four-poster bed, or perhaps you will prefer one of the spacious self-catering lodges within the grounds.

The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh

Fresh Orkney air, high ceilings and exotic details (especially the copper roll top bath in one of the suites), The Dunstane Houses is an elegant place to stay.

With all its beautiful details and the exceptional service, this is a place to while away the day in romantic bliss.

Set in two heritage buildings, it has 16 rooms that honour the original style of the house but with a modern take.

Scottish tweeds, local produce and whisky nod to regional traditions, whilst modern hospitality guarantees the excellence it’s become known for.

Knockinaam Lodge, Portpatrick

Overlooking a private beach from its clifftop position on the Galloway coast, Knockinaam Lodge is a former hunting lodge and a cosy romantic escape.

An intimate 10-bedroom hotel, it has an intriguing history, including being the secret meeting place for Churchill and Eisenhower as they planned the D-Day landings, so it is little wonder it was named the 2021 Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice Historic Hotel.

Set in 30 acres of grounds, it has beautiful landscaped grounds stretching down to the beach. Then spend the evening enjoying award-winning food made from local, seasonal Scottish produce.

Kilcamb Lodge, Strontian

This small hotel on the peaceful shores of Loch Sunart, Kilcamb Lodge on the Ardnamurchan peninsula is remote but accessible.

Decor includes flowers, comfy sofas, and walls hung with pictures and maps. The hotel looks towards the loch and mountains, and details are an important part of the customer service.

For example, a jar of home-made shortbread and a jug of iced water await in your room, there’s a Thermos flask of fresh milk ready for the morning and drinks and canapés are served in the lounge before dinner.

Scarista House, Isle of Harris

A small and elegant hotel in a blissfully remote location, Scarista House overlooks one of the most beautiful beaches on the south west coast of Harris. A Georgian property, its heritage is echoed in its style and design, giving it an old-world elegance that’s perfect for romantic breaks.

Rooms are all individually named and have their own character and style, and there’s a library and first floor drawing room, both with open fires, to enjoy.  There is a resident pug and a cat who you may see around.

While there is intermittent WiFi, there are no televisions or radios – this is a kind of traditional break defined by conversation, good books and enjoying the great outdoors.

You can purchase a Good Hotel Guide hotel gift voucher, good for all hotels in the Guide.