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40 Free Dating Ideas with Breathtaking Views in Scotland

40 Free Dating Ideas with Breathtaking Views in Scotland

Scotland’s untamed land is visited by people from across the globe because its beauty never fails to impress. Resembling New Zealand’s South Island and the wilderness of Vancouver, delights await at every turn. Its cities are all crammed with impressive architecture, monuments and open spaces. The people are patriotic, passionate and loyal. And when you start to explore Scotland, you see why—it’s intoxicating. Forget about money; the stunning views from these date locations aren’t for sale. Try to spot elusive wildcats and pine martins and an ocean full of magnificent giants.

1. A date on Arthur’s Seat

    Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, but just one of many in Scotland. Its medieval old town and more landmarks than you can count in a day are a treat at every turn, but the best way to take in its impressive vista is from on top of Arthur’s Seat. Meet your date in the Royal Park and climb it together.

    2. Look for deer in a coastal forest

      Tentsmuir Forest near Tayport ticks all the boxes. Easy to access, the well-kept paths lead through a dense forest of tall pines, twisting and turning until it spills you out onto a huge pale, sandy beach. Views in all directions will leave you and your date lost for words. Watch for deer, the white on their rump is usually the thing that catches your eye.

      3. Sunset selfie at St Andrews

        Like Edinburgh, St Andrews has many stunning sights, so a date to this tiny city won’t disappoint. More the size of a small town, cobbled streets, a world-famous university and golf course, plus dozens of grand-looking buildings make for a pleasant stroll. Wind up at the ruined cathedral with an impressive seascape backdrop, perfect for you and your date’s first selfie.

        4. Roam free in Rob Roy country

          One of the finest national parks in Scotland, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs will steal your heart. The largest body of fresh water in the UK plays host to a variety of wildlife, including red squirrel, osprey and red deer. Expect to keep repeating ‘wow’.

          5. See the Highlands and Islands from an awesome coast road

            Head to the west coast road; drive north and take in mile after mile of jaw-dropping scenery. The islands to the left include Arron, Islay, and Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984. Pristine white sands and turquoise sea aren’t unlike what you’d expect to see in a tropical paradise.

            6. Experience early highland life

              The Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore is an open air museum depicting highland life throughout the ages. Dozens of dwellings, including a working croft, contain everyday items typically used in each period. As hard as things were, they loved their country. It’s easy to see why when you take in the amazing scenery.

              7. Visit the world’s only Egyptian lighthouse

                Your potential date may think you’re mad if you ask them on a date to see the only Egyptian lighthouse in the world – in Scotland. It’ll be worth it.

                8. Climb Ben Nevis

                  Why not really show off your adventurous side and suggest a date to climb Ben Nevis? You don’t actually have to make it to the summit, but you can walk some of it, however much you both encourage each other to. Tick it off your bucket list that you climbed the biggest mountain in Britain.

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                  9. Be William Wallace

                    Scotland’s history has been played out on the big screen numerous times, but the hit movie Braveheart will be one many of us remember. Glen Nevis and the Great Glen Way were a few locations Mel Gibson could be seen roaming the glens in a kilt.

                    10. Check out Robinson Crusoe’s home town

                      In the East Neuk of Fife is a tiny, one-street old fishing village called Lower Largo. Here you’ll find a statue of one of the most iconic characters in the history of fiction: Robinson Crusoe. Defoe’s famous castaway was actually inspired by Alexander Selkirk, a legal pirate who was born and bred here. The beach has excellent views down the Firth of Forth.

                      11. Fly a kite at Silver Sands

                        Silver Sands at Arisaig is a stunning stretch of beach. It’s hard to imagine it rarely being hot enough for a bikini or shorts. Crystal-clear sea and sand so pale it glistens gives an illusion of being on a Caribbean island. Take advantage of the breeze and take your date to fly a kite.

                        12. Spot a basking shark

                          There’s something beyond words to describe seeing the world’s second largest fish in the open water. Spotting one after patiently waiting brings out the child in all adults, complete with goofy grin. If it’s the wrong time of year, you might still see humpback or minke whale.

                          13. Find sea creatures in Pittenweem

                            Pittenweem is famous for its pretty fishing village and a thriving arts. But there’s just as much colour to be found in a rock pool. Gasp with joy.

                            14. Wave to the Jacobite

                              There couldn’t be a better place to see a steam train than one chugging through some of the best scenery on the planet. Wave to the Jacobite steam train’s passengers whilst on a date to famous Morar beach (it’s featured in Highlander).

                              15. Sunrise on a tranquil beach

                                Watching the sunrise on the Fife coast is special. The Bass Rock and the Isle of May attract lots of wildlife. The sea can be flat and silky-smooth like a polished ice-rink. Watch gannets glide stealth-like only feet above the surface. Perfect for seeing dolphin too. Perfect for a sunrise date.

                                16. Step in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s footsteps

                                  The Glenfinnan Monument at Loch Shiel marks the start of the Jacobite Rising. It also stands in one of the most captivating and dramatic landscapes. The two of you will want to stop the clocks and imprint it on your memory forever.

                                  17. Queen Victoria’s favourite view

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                                    The Queen’s View across Loch Tummel in Perthshire is a popular beauty spot which beckons you to enjoy in the arms of your lover.

                                    18. Take in the Borders and Peebles

                                      At Manor Sware, a metal plaque stands at the roadside marking a breathtaking view over Peebles. A great place to rest during a date outdoors in the Borders.

                                      19. Feel alive on the Isle of Mull

                                        Get your heart beating faster at Rubha nan Gall. There are superb views over to Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula.

                                        20. Spot orca under a bridge

                                          The Forth Road Bridge at Queensferry, though not necessarily a pretty structure, is one of the most photographed landmarks outside of the cities. The views from the bridge are what makes it beautiful. Queensferry’s whitewashed cottages cling to rocks at both sides of the Firth of Forth; beyond is the open sea. Orca have been spotted here a few times in recent years, what a memorable date if you saw one!

                                          21. The magnificent Stirling Castle

                                            Stirling’s 12th century castle is the icing on the cake to what’s on offer in this historic part of the country. The distant Ochil Hills frame it beautifully.

                                            22. Get your bearings at Cairn Table

                                              If Ben Nevis feels out of reach why not challenge your date to a walk up Cairn Table in Ayrshire. You’ll stumble with joy at the top.

                                              23. Fall in love with the Cairngorms

                                                The Cairngorms National Park provides unlimited views that you’ll both fall in love with. It’s got it all: massive mountains, golden eagles, lochs and glens. Exploring its vast wilderness will invigorate you. Take a few steps off the beaten track. Enjoy a flask of hot chocolate while you bring yourself back down to earth.

                                                24. A 50-mile view to Sutherland

                                                  Stretch your legs at Nairn beach and enjoy the epic views towards Caithness. Hand holding is optional, but why not have a brave heart and go for it?

                                                  25. A date under the Northern Lights

                                                    Galloway Forest Park is a delight during daylight hours, however, because it is listed as the first Dark Sky Park in Britain, get geared up for a date to remember under the captivating Northern Lights.

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                                                    26. A picnic at Ruby Bay

                                                      Walk to the ruined Lady’s Tower in Ruby Bay near Elie for a picnic date with views to die for. The wide golden beach is a bonus.

                                                      27. Cuddle up in a hidden cove

                                                        One of the most beautiful beaches in Britain, the pale sands at Achmelvich might tempt you to roll up your trouser legs and dip your toes in the sea. Warm up with a brisk walk to a hidden cove for a cuddle.

                                                        28. Step foot on one of the best beaches in the world

                                                          Harris’s Luskentyre beach was officially voted to be a world best. Enough said.

                                                          29. The mystery of Fingal’s cave

                                                            If you or your date has a boat, Staffa is an island with a unique geological formation. Huge, pillar-like patterns formed by volcanic activity are absolutely remarkable.

                                                            30. Be fascinated by The Ring of Brodgar

                                                              Orkney is known for its superb panoramic views, but why and how the third-largest stone circle in the UK is here nobody knows.

                                                              31. Hike to Grey Mare’s Tail

                                                                Some things are worth the effort. Take your date on the road less travelled and be rewarded by a gushing waterfall, the fifth-highest in Britain.

                                                                32. See Buddhists on the Holy Isle

                                                                  If you want amazing views and total peace, go on a date to the Holy Isle, Firth of Clyde. With a fascinating history stretching back to the 6th century, Buddhist have adopted it as their home and have set up a retreat.

                                                                  33. Druid rituals and a river of blood

                                                                    Scotland is a hub for anyone interested in the occult. The gorge at Finnich Glen is thought to have been used for Druid rituals. Its crimson sandstone turning the water red.

                                                                    34. Unravel the Da Vinci Code

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                                                                      Get up close and personal at Rosslyn Chapel to inspect the mysterious carvings and symbols. Set in a barren landscape, this 15th century chapel’s clandestine history made it into Dan Brown’s hit movie.

                                                                      35. Passions runs high at Culloden

                                                                        Visit Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle on British soil. The ominous presence of fallen soldiers are a reminder of our mortality. It’s these sobering cycles of life which ignite passion.

                                                                        36. A first kiss below Edinburgh Castle

                                                                          Wherever you roam in Edinburgh, when darkness falls and the castle is dazzled with spotlights, take a moment to take in the sights, try for a first kiss.

                                                                          37. A date to put your head in a spin

                                                                            Corryveckan whirlpool is one of the world’s largest. This natural phenomenon can be seen between the islands of Jura and Scarba and will put your date in a spin.

                                                                            38. Discover Fairy Pools

                                                                              Skye has many beauty spots, and a date to explore Fairy Pools won’t help stop you taking the wall-to-wall stunning views for granted. The waterfalls emptying into aquamarine rock pools are hypnotic.

                                                                              39. Meet the Kelpies

                                                                                Take an early evening walk down the Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Two towering horse heads called the Kelpies are a work of art. The sculptures’ steel detailing shimmering under the lighting brings them to life.

                                                                                40. Seeing is believing: spot Nessie

                                                                                  Sit in the ruins of Urquhart Castle and amuse yourself and your date by trying to spot the Loch Ness monster. Free, and stunning views are guaranteed as always.

                                                                                  Remember, if you take your date to ten of these places or just one, he or she is bound to love it. Scotland is beautiful; make sure to enjoy its beauty and all it has to offer.

                                                                                  Happy dating travels!

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                                                                                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                                  Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                                                  your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                                                    Why You Need a Vision

                                                                                    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                                                    How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                                                    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                                                    What Do You Want?

                                                                                    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                                                    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                                                    Some tips to guide you:

                                                                                    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                                                    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                                                    • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                                                    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                                                    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                                                    Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                                                    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                                                    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                                                    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                                                    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                                                    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                                                    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                                                    • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                                                    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                                                    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                                                    • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                                                    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                                                    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                                                    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                                                    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                                                    A few prompts to get you started:

                                                                                    • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                                                    • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                                                    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                                                    • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                                                    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                                                    • What would you be doing?
                                                                                    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                                                    • How are you dressed?
                                                                                    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                                                    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                                                    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                                                    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                                                    Plan Backwards

                                                                                    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                                                    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                                                    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                                                    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                                                    • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                                                    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                                                    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                                                    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                                                    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                                                    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                                                    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                                                    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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