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Highlands and Islands Honeymoon

A leisurely trip through some of the most romantic parts of Scotland.

Enjoy a carefully designed three-centre Scottish holiday starting in the Highlands by Cairngorms National Park, then over the sea to Skye for a Champagne lunch aboard a private cabin cruiser. Finally, meander through Glencoe to a favourite romantic hotel of ours, tucked away in a Highland glen and the setting for a private wildlife 4×4 safari. As ever, this honeymoon suggestion is easily adapted to suit.

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Day One – Journey north to The Highlands

Enjoy a memorable day on the road through wonderful Highland scenery before arriving at your first romantic getaway.

Your hotel in the Scottish Highlands

The classic Victorian Cairngorms town of Kingussie is the location of your first base, a quirky and romantic restaurant-with-rooms in a glorious woodland setting.  Your room overlooks the river rushing downhill, and nobody would blame you for spending just a little too much time here, watching red squirrels and rare bird life feed right outside your window. Dinner is something of an event her, the multi-award-winning restaurant serving the very best local produce with a rare lightness of touch.

Day Two – Relax in to your Highland surroundings

Take your time over a sumptuous and leisurely breakfast (in bed, maybe?) before heading out to discover this most enchanting corner of Scotland. The towns of Kingussie, Carrbridge and Grantown on Spey are all steeped in history, activities and scenery, while Aviemore, just 13 miles away, features quirky shopping, lunch- and dinner-spots, as well as a wealth of attractions.

Whisky-lovers are spoiled for choice, with some of the world’s most celebrated distilleries on your doorstep, many offering a genuine hands-on experience at their visitor centres.

Day Three – Journey to the Isle of Skye

Scotland features some of the world’s greatest driving routes, and today you’ll experience some of the best as you make the journey to the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Your hotel on the Isle of Skye

Located on the Sleat Peninsula in the south of the island, the owners have worked hard to ensure that guests have a truly enjoyable experience, with welcoming touches at every turn. The good-sized rooms are decorated with a mixture of traditional and modern furnishings.

Dining options include a formal restaurant and a less formal bistro. There is an emphasis on local, seasonal, fresh and tasty produce. Lovely views across the pretty gardens to the loch and the mountains beyond make the most of the hotel’s exceptional location here on the beautiful southern tip of Skye.

Day Four – a romantic cruise off the Isle of Skye with Champagne lunch

This morning, enjoy another fine Scottish breakfast and perhaps a stroll in the extensive gardens, before you’re collected at your hotel in late-morning and transferred to the jetty at Isleornsay.

Here you’ll board a romantic 1940s cabin cruiser and set off on a leisurely cruise off the coast of Skye, taking in some of the most romantic locations around the island, such as the peninsulas of Sleat and Knoydart, and the ‘small isles’ of Eigg, Muck and Rum.

Along the way you’ll be treated to a gourmet Champagne lunch, freshly prepared on-board by your charming hosts. A very special day to remember.

Day Five – Isle of Skye

Often called ‘the world’s favourite island’, Skye features incredible scenery, world-class walking, one of the most famous distilleries, mountains, beaches and fabulous food and drink. The pretty ‘capital’ Portree has shopping, history and a wealth of things to see and do. Or… no-one would blame you for simply taking the day off and relaxing at your luxury hotel.

Day Six – The Trossachs

Take your time along another of the country’s finest touring routes on the way to a unique Trossachs hideaway.

Your hotel in The Trossachs

Framed by magnificent Trossachs scenery, this hotel is a wonderfully romantic retreat is run by a hospitable farming family who have created a gastronomic experience within their welcoming 18th century farmhouse, whose cosy interiors cleverly contrast traditional log fires and antiques with contemporary furnishings and modern works of art.

With magnificent views over Loch Voil and Loch Doine, this is the perfect place to soak up the peace and tranquillity of a sprawling highland estate, where red deer and grouse roam through dramatic walking country and red squirrels scurry across your path before darting back into the undergrowth.

The hotel is well located for great drives throughout the Trossachs as well as along Loch Tay, and around Ben Lawers, Scotland’s tenth highest mountain, and Glen Lyon beyond.

Day Seven – A day to remember in The Trossachs

Breakfast here is one of our favourite culinary experiences, the eggs’ rich orange hue coming courtesy of the chickens roaming the hotel grounds, and the rest of the produce arriving from within a stone’s throw of your table (or bed!).

Today you will enjoy a private wildlife safari by 4X4 into the hills with a champagne picnic. Your journey then continues through stunning Highland scenery. You’ll find superb walking on your doorstep, amidst vast, unspoiled scenery, as well as some of Scotland’s most legendary history.

Later, treat yourself to a romantic dinner at your hotel’s restaurant, one of Scotland’s finest, whose ever-changing menu crackles with the imagination and flair of a chef at the very top of his game.

Day Eight – Return home

Edinburgh and Glasgow are both less than two hours’ drive.



This holiday starts in Edinburgh before heading north to the Cairngorms. From here head west to the majestic Isle of Skye, before meandering south to a secret gem tucked away in a Highland glen. This holiday can end in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.


£1645 per person for March & October, £1675 per person in April and £1795 per person for May to September.

Prices based on two people sharing a double room for seven nights on a bed & breakfast basis (four of these nights include dinner).

Your holiday also includes a scenic wildlife safari and champagne lunch, the cruise and lunch from Skye, as well as a single ferry crossing from Skye for a car and two adult passengers.

Various hotel and room upgrades are available on this holiday – ask us for a quotation. This combination can easily be tailor-made to suit.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to ensure you get the most from your honeymoon.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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