By Kirsten McVey
Published: 21st September 2018

A honeymoon like no other!

Karen Thorburn Photography, hosted by the stunning Eagle Rock in Applecross

There’s nothing quite like a visit to the Scottish Highlands, where breath-taking beauty meets busting and vibrant communities, extending a warm and friendly welcome to travellers from far and wide. Offering a chance to escape the everyday, a visit to the Highlands is a trip not easily forgotten.

A honeymoon marks the first of many new journeys a couple will take in married life, and there’s no better one to start with than a trip along the North Coast 500. Featuring some of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring scenery and luxurious hotels, the iconic route is a dream honeymoon destination for those keen to try something a little different.

This summer, we’ve teamed up with jeweller and wedding jewellery specialist ROX – Diamonds & Thrills to shine a spotlight on the most romantic spots for proposals, weddings and honeymoons along the route.

Here we offer honeymoon inspiration, allowing you to take a moment to pause for a moment and spend a little one-on-one time with the love of your life. Whether you plan to base yourselves at a secluded spot and explore the surrounding area or tick a number off the list, we’ve got something for everyone.


COTTAGES & CASTLES

Cottages & Castles offer a range of lovely cosy cottages for two, dotted along the NC500, which are that perfect recipe for rest and relaxation on your honeymoon. Try a hidden bothy in the wilderness, a stone built cottage on a sandy beach or a quirky apartment in the heart of Inverness. Their NC500 collection is one of a kind. Browse their selection of self-catered properties in our interactive map.

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Photos: Cottages & Castles: Torgorm No 3, Wallis, Swallow Cottage, Jam Factory


ACKERGILL TOWER

For a honeymoon with a difference, why not stay in the Ackergill Tower treehouse? Celebrated as one of the largest treehouses in Europe, it boasts a dreamy 7-foot circular bed with views to the stars above. For those who’d rather opt for more classic accommodation, the Beach House offers uninterrupted views to John O’Groats and Orkney, while The Stables cottage overlooks the spectacular Sinclair Bay. More information here.

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Photos: Ackergill Tower


ALLADALE WILDERNESS RESERVE

Take a walk on the wild side on the grounds of this 23,000-acre gem, located just north of Inverness. Discover Alladale’s rugged terrain, dramatic glens, colourful hills and glistening rivers in a honeymoon visit that’s perfectly suited for those with a love of the great outdoors. With a choice of accommodation to suit all tastes and needs, from the luxurious Victorian lodge to two self-catering cottages or the rustic bunkhouse deep in the reserve, Alladale offers the chance to reconnect with nature in the most incredible way. Find out more here.

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Photos: Alladale Wilderness Reserve


GRACIE’S COTTAGEARDOCH BOTHY

Breathe in the fresh Highland air and enjoy uninterrupted views of Loch Kishorn and the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye. This romantic bolt-hole is a secluded sanctuary away from daily routine, whilst still offering the chance to enjoy all of the modern mod cons. Spacious yet cosy, this open-plan Bothy is the perfect place to celebrate your nuptials. Meanwhile, the traditional stone cottage, situated on the shores of Loch Kishorn, boasts magnificent views of the Applecross Hills and the famous Bealach-na-Ba. Book your stay here.

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Photos: Gracie’s Cottage and Ardoch Bothy


HIGHLAND GLEN LODGES

Located on a wooded hillside in the magnificent Sutherland countryside, five modern lodges boast panoramic views of the glen below and the surrounding mountains. Make the most of the breath-taking surroundings with a stroll along Loch Airgh Mhor. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for birds of prey along the way, including Golden Eagles and Ospreys. Discover more here.

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Photos: Highland Glen lodges


RED GATES

Family matters at Red Gates, having been owned by the same family for 200 years. Located in the heart of the Highland countryside, just 35 minutes from Inverness, this 18th century coach house makes for the ideal base when planning a honeymoon packed with adventure. It offers the chance to explore local distilleries, scenic walks and much more. Why not book your stay at the start or end of your trip? Find out more here.

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Photos: Red Gates, Black Isle


ATTADALE HOLIDAY COTTAGES

The perfect location for those keen to relax and unwind, whilst still being close to local attractions. Enjoy all the comforts of home in one of the four cottages and the chance to discover the nearby Attadale Gardens as well as mouth-watering local fare from quality restaurants. Fancy venturing a little further afield? Why not make the trip to Skye or Applecross? More information here.

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Photos: Attadale Holiday Cottages


EAGLE ROCK

Nestled between Earth and sky, the luxurious Eagle Rock offers the ultimate escape and is the perfect perch to rest and reconnect with the things that matter most in life. Relax and unwind together as you watch the sun set over the Cuillin in a soothing hot tub or watch the dolphins play nearby. Book your stay here.

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Photos: Eagle Rock, by Karen Thorburn Photography


FIONN CROFT – LODGE

With its large windows boasting panoramic views of the Minch, Skye and the Outer Hebrides, Fionncroft Lodge is a honeymoon dream. This modern eco-lodge offers the opportunity to unwind in the tranquil harmony of the Highlands – the ultimate way to relax after a wedding. Find out more here.

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Photos: Fionn Croft Lodge


BEN DAMPH ESTATE

Let the wiles of the Highlands wrap around you at Ben Damph Estate. The 14,500-acre estate offers an awe-inspiring mix of magnificent glens, lochs and mountains, making it an unforgettable honeymoon backdrop. Stay in the Bothy and enjoy views over Loch Torridon as well as the Torridon Hills, including Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe. Book your cosy Highland retreat here.

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Photos: Ben Damph Estate Bothy


CEOMARA HIGHLAND COTTAGES

Take in the majestic beauty of the Badachro Bay and the Torridon Hills from Ceomara Highland Cottages. Not only does this tranquil and remote location offer the chance to take long strolls along the local beaches at Opinan and Redpoint, it’s also dog friendly so you can take your beloved pooch as well as your new husband or wife on an unforgettable trip. Discover more here.

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Photos:Ceomara Highland Cottages


ARDA GLAMPING

Located in Sutherland nestled in between rare orchids and woodland, you’ll find Arda Glamping. Offering all the luxuries from home while being surrounded by some of Scotland’s most stunning nature. With a commitment to sustainable tourism, the hut is almost entirely made from recycled and upcycled materials. Being a true off the gird experience, this is the perfect place to disconnect from technology and engage with nature and each other. Find out more here.

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Photos: Arda Glamping


MAKE A DAY OF IT!

Making a trip to the Highlands to appreciate the scenery is all well and good, but sometimes the real fun is getting the chance to embrace the great outdoors in all of its glory.

Let the experts from Torridon OutdoorsLiquid Footsteps, Hamlet Mountaineering or Kayak Summer Isles guide you through the wilds of the Highlands, arranging canoeing, camping or walking expeditions to bring a touch of action to your special adventure. Explore the dramatic coastline of the Isle of Skye with Sea Kayak Plockton expeditions or re-connect with the sound of nature with ACE Adventures & Hideaways. Tucked away in the Findhorn Valley outside of Inverness, experience the best white water rafting in the UK or cosy up in ACE’s rustic retreats and glamping huts.

Alternatively, reel in the romance with Roger from TroutQuest or enjoy a romantic fishing break at The Scourie Hotel or the Altnaharra Hotel. The Highlands of Scotland are renowned for its famous salmon and trout fishing!

For more about the most romantic spots along the NC500 visit www.rox.co.uk/magazine/rox-loves/romantic-places-north-coast-500

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Photos: Kayak Summer Isles, TroutQuest, Torridon Outdoors, ACE Adventures & Hideaways


 

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