The Cairngorms National Park is the perfect spot for couples to escape to get away from it all. It’s filled with romantic walks, stargazing opportunities and picnics for two surrounded by natural beauty. Below we have put together a guide to planning a romantic escape to the Cairngorms National Park.

When is the best time to visit Cairngorms National Park?

The great thing about this area is that you can pretty much plan a romantic trip away all year round. It really depends on what you want to get from it. For example, lots of people love the Autumn time when the leaves are just turning beautiful shades of brown, orange and yellows and the wildlife is prominent. However, others think winter is the perfect time to escape as the stunning natural landscapes the Cairngorms offer truly come alive. When the rest of the UK is growing dull and grey, the Cairngorms never fail to impress. Think pine-lined glens to beautiful snow-capped mountain ranges and vast lochs full of wildlife coupled with views that take your breath away; the region truly is picture perfect this time of year. However, regardless of whenever you decide to go, you can still get involved with the many activities available!

Stroll hand in hand

There are many beautiful walks and hikes available in the Cairngorms National Park and countless opportunities to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Pack up a lunch and begin your adventure for the day. You could challenge yourselves to a visit to the summit of the two most iconic peaks in the region with the Ben Macdui and Cairngorm walk, or you could test your stamina with the 63-mile loop of the Cateran Trail. Whether you want to keep it casual or strenuous, you can find something to suit your fitness level and experience and find a challenge to complete together.

Star gaze

Thanks to its unpolluted skies and beautiful location, the Cairngorms National Park is perfect for a romantic stargazing opportunity – you can’t get much more romantic than lying with your loved one dreaming of stars and planets. You could even have a go at naming one after the two of you. You can explore the best stargazing spots on your own or arrange to go with a stargazing group within the park. Stargazing begins at 6.30 pm and finishes at 8 pm, so it’s a brilliant activity to do before you enjoy a romantic evening meal.

Get adventurous with heart-racing activities

If you want your heart pounding in more ways than one on your romantic trip away, then you could book on one of the many adventurous activities the area has to offer. The list is endless – from cross-country skiing across the forest trails to racing down the hillside on one of the three ski areas – The Lecht, CairnGorm, and Glenshee. Sailing, fishing, windsurfing, paddlesports, swimming, rafting and more are all within easy reach of many of the villages and towns within the Cairngorms National Park, so you are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to activities to do together as a couple.

Relax at a spa day

After days of adrenaline and adventure, it’s a good idea to take some time to truly relax. And, thanks to the Cairngorm Beauty Therapy and Spa within the national park, this is possible. This is a wonderful spa which promises to help re-energise the body whilst soothing away the many stresses of life. It boasts a brilliant hot tub, infrared sauna, and many relaxing treatments. The team will ensure you discover a perfect balance of relaxation and beauty within the most tranquil and beautiful surroundings. A perfect location for a couple’s massage!

If you’re ready to book your romantic escape to Cairngorms National Park, then it’s important you stay somewhere that will fit the feel of your romantic getaway. We have the perfect solution: the Kirkstone Lodge. Nestled in the mountains and complete with a hot tub, sauna, and stunning surroundings. You literally step out the front door and cycle or walk straight into the forest and the Cairngorm mountain range. A truly breathtaking place for a wonderful escape for you and your loved one. To find out more, or to inquire about other self-catering options available, contact us today.

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