7 Honeymoon Destinations in Argyll & the Isles
Scotland is known for its breathtaking landscapes, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and charming towns, making it a perfect honeymoon destination for newlyweds who are seeking a slightly different type of honeymoon.
Imagine yourself exploring ancient castles with your loved one, climbing the first literal mountain as newlyweds, snuggling up in a romantic cabin surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery or relaxing during a luxurious spa retreat where you don’t worry about a thing.
From serene beaches to historic landmarks, Argyll & the Isles offer a wide variety of romantic honeymoon destinations. Discover our top 7 honeymoon destinations in this blog.
1. Argyll’s Secret Coast
Argyll’s Secret Coast on the Cowal Peninsula combines natural beauty with a thriving cultural scene making it the perfect honeymoon escape close to Glasgow. Portavadie stands as a particular romantic resort, renowned for its marina and luxury accommodation options. Spend your honeymoon at their Couple’s Retreat Tighnamara, a secluded romantic eco-retreat on the shores of Loch Fyne. Wake up to a spectacular view of Loch Fyne, the wood-burning stove and a huge double bath add to the romance. It is a truly memorable place to stay for your honeymoon.
As you venture further along the beautiful coastline, Tighnabruaich reveals itself as Cowal's hidden gem. If rustic charm is what you're after, Loch Riddon Bothy won't disappoint. Think cosy evenings by the fireplace, watch the night sky on the wooden sundeck or explore the surrounding landscapes of Loch Riddon. It's the perfect spot for couples wanting to disconnect and reconnect, all in one!
Whether you're exploring charming villages, enjoying water activities, or simply relaxing amidst nature, Argyll’s Secret Coast promises a memorable honeymoon experience.
Image: Loch Riddon Bothy, Cowal
2. Loch Lomond National Park
Nestled amidst some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes, Loch Lomond emerges as a dreamy destination for honeymooners seeking a blend of luxury, adventure and natural beauty. Stay at the renowned Cameron House Resort, where the award-winning Loch Lomond Spa awaits you. Picture this: candlelit dinners, spa treatments, and moonlit strolls by Loch Lomond. If you're after a fairytale honeymoon, look no further!
For those envisioning an adventurous yet luxurious retreat, the Loch Lomond Holiday Park provides hot tub lodges, some dog-friendly, that promise privacy and comfort, allowing you to unwind in style amidst the serene surroundings. They also have a selection of outdoor activities available, including kayaks for hire, fishing, and some of the best walks right outside your doorstep.
Image: Infinity pool at Cameron House Resort
3. Oban & Slate Isles
Known as the 'Gateway to the Isles,' this bustling town offers a perfect mix of adventure and romance. Indulge in fresh seafood, explore historic sites like McCaig's Tower, and take a romantic stroll along the harbour. To add a touch of additional warmth to your honeymoon, why not tour the Oban Distillery and sample the famous Oban whisky?
Whilst staying in Oban, make sure you head on a day trip to the Isle of Mull. As you board the ferry for a picturesque 45-minute journey to Craignure on Mull, the scenic beauty of the surrounding Isles unfolds around you. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and Duart Castle when approaching Mull. Consider exploring the island's highlights such as Tobermory, renowned for its colourful houses lining the waterfront, or perhaps delve into the island's rich history and wildlife.
Oban offers a variety of different accommodations for your honeymoon. Find a selection of Oban accommodations here.
Image: Oban Waterfront
Escape to the Slate Isles
If you’re seeking to escape it all during your honeymoon, a stay at WildLuing on the Isle of Luing might be the perfect choice for you. Imagine waking up in one of the eight luxury self-catering WildSuites overlooking Torsa Bay, where otters playfully swim in the waters and seals bask in the sun. These artisan-crafted cabins, perched above the stunning Scottish bay, offer couples a blend of luxury and natural beauty, creating a perfect setting for romance and relaxation.
4. Loch Fyne, Heart of Argyll
For honeymooners seeking an intimate and picturesque escape, Loch Fyne offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Begin your romantic journey with a visit to the historic Kilmartin Glen, where ancient standing stones whisper tales of bygone eras. Or spend your afternoons strolling through the vast gardens of Ardkinglas Estate, a sprawling estate that graces the shores of Loch Fyne.
Treat yourself to a luxurious seafood lunch at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar whilst soaking in the fantastic views of the Loch. For those craving privacy, Kabn Company is your go-to spot. Tucked away on the shores of Loch Fyne, this off-grid luxury cabin offers seclusion like no other, providing the perfect backdrop for romantic evenings, where you can unwind under the starlit sky, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Image: Kabn Company
5. Isle of Bute
One of Argyll’s most accessible Isles, the Isle of Bute is the perfect honeymoon destination for all those seeking nature, adventure and beautiful coastal landscapes. Bring your bikes with you on the ferry over to Bute to explore the Isles on two wheels rather than four or head out on a fantastical coastal walk along the West Island Way.
If you’d rather step back into Victorian times during your honeymoon, make sure to Mount Stuart, a stunning Gothic mansion surrounded by lush gardens. Stepping into the Marble Chapel will transport you straight into the pages of a fairy tale, with its floor-to-ceiling white Sicilian marble. Mount Stuart is also a fantastic wedding venue with the famous Marble Hall, at the heart of the house, providing the perfect space for you and your guests to raise a glass and celebrate your special day. Mount Stuart can accommodate your guests and yourself in a beautiful selection of luxurious accommodations boasting historical charm and romance.
Image Credit: Chic Photo
6. Isle of Tiree & Coll
Picture this: pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a serene atmosphere. No, we’re not talking about heading to the Maldives for your honeymoon. The Isle of Tiree and Coll are perfect for couples seeking a tranquil escape to some of Scotland’s most pristine beaches.
The peaceful ambience of these islands makes them an ideal spot for honeymooners looking to unwind and connect. If you’re after a more adventurous honeymoon, Tiree will not disappoint. Known as a surfer’s paradise, Tiree is a perfect destination for couples wanting to surf some of Scotland’s best waves.
Image: Night sky on Tiree
7. Isle of Islay - Whisky and Romance
For couples seeking adventure and natural beauty, the Isle of Islay and Jura are a dream come true. From exploring whisky distilleries on Islay to hiking the rugged landscapes of Jura, there's no shortage of activities to enjoy together. Imagine strolling hand in hand along Traigh Bhan, known as the 'White Beach,' watching the sunset paint the sky in hues of orange and pink before heading back to your accommodation to sip whisky by the fireplace.
If you’re after a luxurious honeymoon, make sure you put the Machrie Hotel & Links on your list. Nestled in the dunes of a pristine seven-mile beach, the modern hotel combines world-class golf links with a welcoming atmosphere and first-class service.
Image: The Machrie Hotel & Links