Argyll is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There are so many unique things to experience together, from the stunning scenery to the incredible food and drink. This Valentine’s Day avoid the crowds and clichés, and make a romantic break for Argyll. Gaze at the starry skies, wander along deserted beaches and see sunsets that will take your breath away. Here are five ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Argyll.
In Argyll, we’re treated to some truly spectacular sunsets. The coastal scenery is stunning on any day or the year, but when the sky is clear and the sun is setting it can be achingly beautiful – and very romantic! There are lots of options for sunset dining. The Crinan Hotel is a wonderful place to dine and you can work up an appetite – and enjoy the sunset - with a pre-dinner stroll along the historic Crinan Canal. Out on Islay, 18 Bar and Restaurant at Machrie has a wonderful balcony from which you can watch the sun melt into the Atlantic. Or if you just fancy a sunset stroll, Ostel Bay on Argyll’s Secret Coast is glorious when the sun is going down.
Unwind amid stunning Highland scenery with a spa break in Argyll. There are some fabulous options to choose from. Portavadie is an oasis of cool perched on the shores of Loch Fyne. Treat your Valentine to a luxurious night away and a stunning spa experience. There can be nothing more romantic than luxuriating in the outdoor infinity pool watching the sun setting over Loch Fyne. Then head to the Marina Bar & Restaurant for drinks and dining overlooking the marina.
Wrap up warm and head out to the countryside for a romantic stroll. The Donich Falls circuit from Lochgoilhead is lovely. Starting near the Loch Goil Inn, it’s a steady climb until you reach the beautiful, tumbling waterfall. There’s a picnic table just above the falls where you can picnic. The island of Gigha is great to explore on foot. There are 12 designated off-road walks, many of which start from the ferry terminal. Or how about a walk through Ardkinglas Wooodland Garden? Just up the road is the Tinkers’ Heart, a heart-shaped arrangement of 26 quartz stones. For generations, it’s where members of Scotland’s travelling community gathered to get married.
With very little light pollution, Argyll is one of the best places in Scotland to watch the night sky. Walk outside on a clear night anywhere in Argyll and you’ll be treated to a dazzling celestial display. If you’re lucky, you might even see the Northern Lights. The island of Coll is an officially designated Dark Sky area.
Who doesn’t love to wake up to chocolates on Valentine’s Day? Especially if they’re made with love in Argyll! There is a number of artisan chocolatiers in Argyll. And if your loved one is a real chocoholic, then a visit to the Oban Chocolate Company café in Oban is a must! Relax on the sofas, enjoy the views over Oban Bay and enjoy a sumptuous hot chocolate topped with fresh cream and home made marshmallows. You can share a taster plate of chocolates too.