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40 Free Dating Ideas with Breathtaking Views in Scotland

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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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                                                                                  10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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                                                                                  10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

                                                                                  A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

                                                                                  To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

                                                                                  1. Camping

                                                                                  A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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                                                                                  2. Staycation

                                                                                  You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

                                                                                  3. Island Getaway

                                                                                  People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

                                                                                  4. Fancy Resort

                                                                                  Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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                                                                                  5. Road Trip

                                                                                  The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

                                                                                  6. Charter a Boat

                                                                                  If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

                                                                                  7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

                                                                                  If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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                                                                                  8. Themed Retreats

                                                                                  There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

                                                                                  9. Working Honeymoon

                                                                                  Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

                                                                                  10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

                                                                                  Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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