Planning a Surprise Getaway in Scotland
Planning a surprise getaway in Scotland for you and your significant other is the ultimate way to inject some always-appreciated romance into your lives.
Whether you’re ready for a week off work to reconnect or only have time for a short but sweet weekend adventure away, making the most of your time together in an inspiring, surprising destination is a great excuse to get planning.
To pull off the perfect trip, picking your dates and keeping your lips sealed will likely be the least of your worries. So, to ensure your romantic retreat goes as smoothly as possible, we’ve come up with a few points to help set you on the right track in time for your romantic mini-break.
Pick your destination
While it’s more about the company than the destination, it’s always nice to spend time with your loved one in a picturesque landscape that you’re both sure to fall in love with. With over 400 romantic cottages and castles throughout Scotland, from idyllic hideaways hidden in the hills to grand castles overlooking Scotland’s vast coastline, opting for a stunning Scottish spot will ensure your trip is memorable and well worth the wait.
While the view might take your breath away, make sure that the destination you pick is suitable for your purpose. For example, if you only have a weekend to share each other’s company, it’s worth considering the travel distance from home and your proximity to activities and amenities during your stay. On the other hand, for those of you who are looking for a full week of adventures, be sure to check out what’s in the surrounding area to find places you can visit and explore during the day.
Clear your schedules
Having intricately planned out every detail – from the spare phone charger and your favourite food snacks for the journey there – it would be unfortunate if one of you suddenly couldn’t make it and your romantic soiree turned into a solo expedition. So, once your destination has been decided and you’ve decided on those special dates, make sure both you and your partner are free and can get the time off work if needed.
Speak with your partner’s boss in advance to ensure that the time you’ll need them to take off at work suits them too and hope that the prospect of a surprise romantic trip away will be the reason they need to sway their decision! Once the boss is on board, check in with family that there are no forgotten-about family birthdays during the time you’ve planned to go – after all of that’s been given the green light, it’s time to start getting excited and book up!
Plan in your activities
While the prospect of a few days wrapped up on the sofa with one another might sound tempting, getting out together and exploring the area you’ve spent time planning a surprise around will be the icing on the cake! Depending on your style and the time of year you’re planning your trip, picking a few fun activities to immerse yourselves in before a cosy night on the sofa will make the most of your time away.
For the adventurers, plan a hiking trip with plenty of snacks packed up for a (weather permitting) picnic on the way. Alternatively, for those of you looking to soak up the Scottish culture, take a look at areas of historical and cultural relevance that may interest you and your partner.
Deliver the big reveal
Arguably the most fun part of planning a surprise is the reaction on your loved one’s face that makes your weeks and months of planning worth it. In order for it to be the most effective, for those of you that may share a bank account, make sure any payments you’ve made that might give it away have been billed to a private account. With the practicalities taken care of, it’s time to deliver the surprise.
If you’ve chosen to do this as a part of a birthday gift or Valentine’s Day celebration, then it could be good to use this as an opportunity to mask your surprise further. For your female partner, why not pop a note of your trip within the box of a piece of beautiful amber jewellery? Not only will this warm, earthy colour fit in with Scotland’s natural surroundings, but your partner won’t expect the additional gift. For your male partner, wrap the note of surprise up in a new walking jacket – the perfect present to compliment what’s enclosed inside.
Treat both yourself and your partner to a well-deserved luxury break this coming year. No matter the season or amount of holidays you have left to take at work, surprising your partner with a few days of fun and quality time will make the planning process all the more worthwhile – just picture yourselves cosied up in a cottage or watching the waves from your room with a view!
View our cottages for two still available this Valetines Day or a surprise getaway in Scotland.
This post was a collaboration with Henryka Jewellery.
Author bio: Anna Emmett is the owner of Henryka Jewellery, specialising in hand-crafted, unique silver, amber and gemstone jewellery that’s inspired by the natural world.