Planning a wedding can be exhausting. And sometimes the last thing you want to do is plan a big honeymoon. That’s where mini-moons come in! They’re shorter breaks, typically for a few days, to help you recoup after the big day. Some much needed down time, away from it all – but without the hassle of thinking about your passport, vaccinations, or changing money!
One destination that’s ideal for mini-moons is Scotland (of course I may be biased…!). But there is just so much it has to offer, that needn’t cost the earth either! It’s also a particularly easy (and cheap) one if you have kids in tow.
From calm cosy cottage retreats to some of the UK’s best visitor attractions and outdoor pursuits, it’s the perfect stress-free romantic getaway. Where you can get active or likewise have just as great a time hunkering down getting away from it all.
Visit Scotland has helped me put together a list of Scottish mini-moon ideas, to give you some easy inspo… Whether it’s pre or post wedding, or perhaps maybe a baby-moon, there are options for everyone!
Here’s my top picks:
Uncover some of the very best of Argyll’s hidden gems
For a romantic mini-moon, live life in luxury at Ardanaiseig Hotel. Voted by UK Good Hotel Guide as the most romantic hotel for two years running in 2017 and 2018, It’s nestled in 120 acres of woodland on the shores of Loch Awe in Argyll (below), which makes it the perfect destination to get away from it all. For nature lovers, the hotel offers a photography package for guests to capture some shots of the amazing wildlife around it’s grounds.
Escape to a cosy cottage retreat in Aviemore
Get off the beaten track with a Scottish mini-moon in Aviemore. The Black Grouse Lodge (below) is a spacious hidden gem for couples, which might perhaps suit couples who already have a family given it’s size. It makes the perfect base to explore the Cairngorms mountain range – from Lairig Ghru to Ben Macdui, the Highlands’ scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Oh, and it has a hot tub!
Stay on a boat in the very heart of the Capital
For a city break with a twist, the Edinburgh Green Boat is a great way to see Scotland’s capital (below) from a different perspective. Edinburgh’s stunning Gothic buildings and cosy pubs make it a romantic spot for newlyweds, plus staying on a boat helps make it a cheap mini-moon break. Edinburgh is such an easy city to explore by foot, too. Plus be sure and sample some of the many local gins and whiskies!
Go on a romantic summer getaway at Achnagairn Castle
If castles are more your style, Achnagairn Castle opens its doors during the summer months as a boutique hotel (below), giving couples the chance to indulge in a spot of fairytale luxury for their time away.
Soak up the stunning views and atmosphere by going on a leisurely stroll around its grounds or why not enjoy some outdoor activities including archery, fishing, Segway riding and loads more.
Take in Uig Bay’s stunning coastal scenery
Lastly, you don’t have to go overseas for a beach holiday. Scotland boasts stunning beaches, whatever the weather (do be sure to pack an umbrella though, just in case!). The incredible Uig Bay (below) offers picturesque views, white sandy beaches, and dazzling turquoise waters to rival the Caribbean; but be sure and pack a few thermals!
Scotland has loads to offer, and your money will certainly go a lot further (believe me), so, to me, it’s the perfect location for a mini-moon, that doesn’t require much forward planning if you are already planned-out from your wedding!
Just be mindful of the weather depending on when you are going! But if Scotland does one thing well, it’s getting cosy – only second to it’s amazing scenery and history.
This post was in association with Visit Scotland.
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