A highlands honeymoon escape: exploring Edinburgh and its surrounds

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Anika Reynolds
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Blessed with spectacular scenery, it’s a fantastic choice for nature-loving couples seeking an outdoorsy honeymoon. But, with an abundance of castles, moors, valleys and glens across the region it can be difficult to know where to start your adventures! So, if you’re short on time, try using Edinburgh as a base from which to tick off some major Scottish sites. From here, you can set off each day to explore the surrounds: from natural wonders, to historic buildings and mysterious must-sees.

Eden Locke Hotel

Equal parts café, bar and (on Saturdays) a yoga studio, the foyer to the Eden Locke hotel is an effortlessly cool meeting place / check-in desk fringed with foliage and dotted with cosy seating spots. Comprising a selection of cleverly designed apartment spaces, Eden Locke is a sophisticated accommodation option offering chic kitchens, elegant bathrooms and sublime sleeping spaces.

Here, muted hues mix with minimalistic furniture pieces and hygge-style lighting – creating a warm and inviting haven to relax in after a long day of exploring. From beautiful Kinsey Apothecary toiletries in the bathrooms, to the hotel’s signature L-shaped sofas and thoughtful kitchen treats, no detail has been overlooked in this stylish establishment.

Edinburgh Castle

Sitting proudly atop a craggy peak and overlooking the capital, Edinburgh Castle is a fascinating historic site comprising royal halls, regal rooms, prison cells and wartime memorials, plus it’s also home to the Scottish crown jewels. Dating back to the Iron Age, this elevated fortress has been both a military base and a royal residence – Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in one of the regal suites. Pick up an audio guide and enjoy exploring at your own pace, while also pausing to soak up the incredible panoramic views.

Arthur’s Seat

For sweeping vistas of Edinburgh and its surrounds, schedule a scenic hike up to the famous Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park, not far from the city’s Royal Mile. An ancient volcano, Arthur’s Seat is a wild (and often windy!) lookout spot, complete with a well-preserved fort at the peak. Along the winding route to the top, look out for native blooms and other historic sites, including a preserved medieval chapel.

Glencoe Valley

Vast, untamed, and imposing, the spectacular valley of Glencoe is undoubtedly one of the most famous glens in Scotland and is an essential element of your highlands itinerary. This ancient topographical gem is rich in Scottish history and is an absolutely outstanding photo spot, just beyond the hauntingly beautiful Rannoch Moor. For experienced walkers, there are a number of trails nearby, and in the winter months, you can also hit the slopes in the nearby ski resort.

Loch Ness

Intriguing and mysterious, the legend of the Loch Ness monster has captured the imaginations of inquisitive travellers from all over the globe. If you’re even slightly curious, a trip to the loch is an absolute must. Here, you can board a Nessie cruise and set out to try to catch a glimpse of the enigmatic creature. On board, you’ll be regaled with tales of sightings and secrets of the loch, all while gazing out at the spectacular scenery – which is definitely worth the visit in itself!

If you’re not keen on driving, book into one of the many day-trip tours which depart from Edinburgh (try Rabbies Tours) and sit back and relax while you journey to scenic spots all-over the region including Glencoe and Loch Ness.

All images by Anika Reynolds. 

Ms Zigzag says: I could certainly while away my first few weeks as a newlywed in beautiful Scotland! Thanks Anika for taking us on another globetrotting adventure with you- we can’t wait to see where you take us next. 

About the author Anika Reynolds: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!

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