By Kirsten McVey
Published: 20th June 2018

Will you marry me?

Proposal spots along the North Coast 500

These four little words join forces to create a life-changing question like no other. A moment where nothing else matters and time stands still, popping the question is an unforgettable experience that’s both exciting and scary in equal measure.

However, with a little planning to find the perfect spot to get down on one knee, nailing an unforgettable proposal might not be as daunting as it may seem at first.

Renowned for its breath-taking handcrafted diamond rings, award-winning British jeweller ROX – Diamonds & Thrills is proud to join couples every step of the way throughout their engagement journey. As well as guiding clients through the process of finding the dream engagement ring, the jeweller – with six boutiques across Scotland and the north of England – is honoured to offer inspiration when planning the perfect proposal, shining a spotlight on the most romantic proposal spots on the North Coast 500. No two love stories are the same, and that’s something the illustrated, interactive guide celebrates.

Inspired by the guide, below we shine a spotlight on 10 hidden gems along the route, guaranteed to make any proposal truly special.

Achnagairn Estate

Set amidst the mesmerising Highland countryside, Achnagairn Estate offers the ideal romantic getaway. With its spectacular, conical entrance and enchanting ballroom, the luxury accommodation is a setting with a difference, offering the ultimate escape from the ordinary. Romance is in the air at this exclusive castle, with the grounds offering a picture-perfect spot to get down on one knee and ask that all-important question.

Ackergill Tower

Steeped in history, Ackergill Tower is renowned for its awe-inspiring architecture. Offering a chance to enjoy Highland hospitality with a 21st century twist, this impressive building is home to one of Scotland’s finest hotels. For a proposal like no other, get down on one knee in the treehouse – one of the largest in Europe.

Castle of Mey

The only home ever owned by the Queen Mother, the Castle of Mey is a venue like no other. Surrounded by impeccable gardens and lush parklands, it’s the perfect setting for a royal proposal. Embrace your regal side and pop the question amongst the blooming flowers of the walled garden.

Eagle Rock

Enjoy a moment away from the hustle and bustle of work and social commitments at Eagle Rock. Time stands still at this luxury Highland accommodation, offering you a chance to sit back, relax and reconnect with the things that matter most in life. Need a little help with proposal planning? Let Mother Nature lend a hand and wait for the dolphins to swim past for the big moment.

Inver Lodge Hotel

A haven of rest and relaxation, Inver Lodge Hotel is the perfect stay for couples who love exploring the great outdoors. A chance to enjoy long and winding walks and views of the quaint village of Lochinver, before settling down for the evening with a mouth-watering meal from the hotel restaurant, supervised by the legendary Albert Roux.

Links House at Royal Dornoch

For a tee-mendous proposal, look no further than Links House at Royal Dornoch. overlooking the beautiful Royal Dornoch Golf Club, this 15-bedroom hotel plays to its strengths, offering the best of Scottish hospitality. Each room is individually designed, with furniture selected for its timeless beauty and bespoke fabrics reflecting the colour palette of the Highlands.

Natural Retreats John O’Groats

Nothing screams romantic getaway than spectacular vistas and a little alone time with the love of your life. Natural Retreats John O’Groats offers the opportunity to break free from the daily grind, located just 11 miles from mainland Britain’s most northerly point – Dunnet Head. Whether you choose to snuggle-up in front of a burning fire looking onto the Aurora Borealis or fancy a wander along the white, sandy beach, there are plenty of perfect spots for a proposal like no other.

Rocpool Reserve

You don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth to indulge in elegance and luxury. Rocpool Reserve is a beautifully restored Georgian Mansion, boasting unforgettable views over the River Ness. For a proposal guaranteed to impress, enjoy a delectable meal at Chez Roux restaurant before getting down on one knee to pop the question.

Smoo Lodge

For the ultimate Highland getaway, look no further than Smoo Lodge. You’ll find this hidden gem in the most north-westerly village on UK mainland. From unbelievable views over Cape Wrath to incredible clifftop walks, a trip to Smoo Lodge is guaranteed to remind you to appreciate nature in all of its glory. Still trying to decide the perfect moment to propose? Why not wait until sunset before saying those four life-changing words.

The Torridon

Offering exclusivity with a personal touch, The Torridon offers a chance to indulge not only in a little luxury but also mesmerising scenery. The hotel plays host to views of stunning mountain vistas and calm sea lochs, making it the ultimate location to wrap yourselves in the wonder of the Scottish Highlands.

To discover more about the most romantic proposal hostpots on the NC500 visit www.rox.co.uk/magazine/rox-loves/romantic-places-north-coast-500.

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