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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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                                                                                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                                  3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                                  4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                                  8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                                  10. Find some competition.

                                                                                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                                  11. Go exercise.

                                                                                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                                  12. Take a good break.

                                                                                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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