Couples may no longer elope to Gretna Green, but Scotland retains its reputation as a romantic destination. Perhaps it’s the dramatic landscapes that look so incredible in your wedding photos, or simply the sense of getting away from it all, but Scotland has plenty to make a true romantic’s heart beat faster. If you’re looking for the perfect backdrop to a proposal, why not try the stunning natural beauty of the Cairngorms? The scenery couldn’t look more incredible in that ‘they said yes!’ selfie and there are so many stunning and breathtaking places to pop the big question.

A shady glen in Uath Lochans

If you love the adventure of following a little winding road into the heart of beautiful woodlands to find the perfect proposal spot, then Uath Lochans could be the place for you. With stunning views over Strathspey and plenty of secluded spots for that quietly romantic moment, Uath Lochans is the ideal place to get away from it all. There’s an easy walking trail through the trees, making this the perfect proposal spot for the outdoorsy couple.

Fun on the funicular

Why not take a spectacular ride up to 3,500 feet on the Cairngorms funicular railway before popping the question? The Cairngorms really are the jewel in the crown if you’re a winter sports lover, or simply love the dramatic scenery of the high peaks. Whether you propose against the deep blue of a summer sky or winter’s snowy peaks, this is simply one of the most romantic landscapes in the UK.

Go stargazing

When it comes to stargazing, the dark sky discovery sites of the Highlands don’t disappoint. And what could be more romantic than heading off into the night and turning your eyes to the heavens? At Glenshee, where there’s zero light pollution, the display of stars can be absolutely stunning. And what better backdrop to the perfect proposal than a night sky filled with the most dazzling array of stars imaginable?

Create magical memories in the Linn of Dee

A fabulous riverside location, the River Dee tumbles down from the Cairngorms through a narrow gorge and spectacular rock formations. Located at the southern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, the Linn of Dee is a stunning backdrop for any romantic moment. Explore the woodlands and you might even see a red squirrel as these magical little creatures love to feast on the pinecones. And keep an eye out for the salmon who head upriver to spawn.

‘Take a moment to behold’

Sometimes just taking time together to drive through some incredible scenery can be the height of romance, especially when it takes in breathtaking views like the scenic drive over the Lecht. Take a break when you come to the Watchers Posts and take in the views over picturesque Corgarff Castle that dates back to the 16th century. Then read the inscription on the stones:

‘As still skies or storms unfold
Take a moment to behold
in sun, rain, sleet or snow
or warm your soul before you go’

Is there a better spot to stage the perfect proposal?

Mountains above, beach below

If golden sands are more your idea of romance, then head for beautiful Loch Morlich, a freshwater lake renowned for water sports and with an award winning sandy beach. From the pristine waters of the Loch to the snow capped peaks of the high mountains in the distance, this is truly a stunning backdrop to a proposal, and an even better one for a wedding.

The Angel’s share

If you find you need to pluck up some Dutch courage before proposing, or you and your partner have a love of the finest single malts, then a trip to one of the Cairngorms’ six distilleries could be the perfect prelude to popping the question. From world famous single malts like The Glenlivet and Dalwhinnie, to the Balmenach Distillery, the home of Scottish gin, take a look back at the romance of Scottish whisky making and enjoy a wee dram, too.

Book a romantic retreat

Book a 5 star lodge with a hot tub and sauna and some of the finest views in the world and you may find yourself in the perfect situation to propose. Relax in rural seclusion and complete luxury, then book again for your honeymoon!