Dramatic landscapes, historical surroundings and comfortable honeymoon cottages are begging couples to explore Scotland’s romantic side. As we enter 2015, you might already be thinking of an extra-special Valentine’s trip, or maybe you’re an old romantic who fancies treating a spouse for their birthday. Whatever your reasons, take a look at what you can expect from a self catering Scotland holiday.

In a luxury holiday cottage you have the privacy that isn’t usually offered in hotels and B&Bs, which leaves you able to fully relax and unwind. You are free to show off culinary skills to a loved one using local ingredients, and can even do a barbecue outside through the warmer months. Book self catering with hot tubs and immerse yourselves into total bubbly bliss, by soaking in the tub with a glass of Champagne. The open space in these luxury holiday homes also gives you space to exercise and take in the incredible Scottish views from the comfort of the sofa.

Venturing out of the accommodation you will find romantic walks, quaint pubs and plenty of activities. Famous walking routes include Tentsmuir Forest in Fife and Cairngorm Mountain. With the Scottish weather being notoriously windy and chilly, it’s the perfect excuse to cosy up together with a flask of tea as you scale the beautiful terrain. You will also find Cairngorms National Park, where visitors can take it a bit easier by going on a steam train, taking a tour of the distillery (with a cheeky taster or two) and eating out for lunch.

Make the most out of a romantic retreat by doing things you wouldn’t normally get the time to do at home. Bring along a projector and watch old movies on the cottage wall, play a board game, go for massages at a nearby spa or watch the sunrise together as it brightens up the Scottish lands. You might even want to try each other’s hobbies out, like golfing and fishing: you’re in the perfect place to do it after all.

Romance can be found in every corner of Scotland, with its tranquillity and immense scenes being a perfect setting for showing someone just how much you care.