If the current pandemic has taught us all anything, it is how to adapt our plans to align with circumstances – why not take this approach with your honeymoon!
Even though you may not be able to jet off to your dream beach resort abroad or go sightseeing in a major city, you can still have a romantic getaway with your new spouse closer to home to celebrate the beginning of your life together. Take a look at our top mini-moon getaways in the UK to suit you and your loved one!
Isle of Wight
Escape to the peaceful sound of waves crashing at the beautiful setting of the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England. Admired for its natural beauty, this destination offers picturesque scenery and an array of stunning beaches.
Explore the dinosaur remains and fossils at Compton Bay and Yaverland Beach and take a romantic stroll down the Shanklin or Ventnor Beach, before a romantic picnic date on the soft sand at sunset. Discover the old forests through the footpaths, stroll through the historic towns and villages and head for the island’s western point, where you will find three famed white chalk rocks known as The Needles.
If you miss the hustle and bustle of city life, then there is no better place to explore than the lively city of London. The capital is filled with places to visit, things to do and exquisite restaurants to dine at, making it the perfect choice for an exciting getaway.
Take in all of the classic sights and rich culture of the city including the London Eye, Big Ben, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. After you have ticked most of your sightseeing off of your bucket list, you can take a romantic day trip to Stonehenge or Bath or alternatively, enjoy a date at the Shard or on the London Eye with a glass of champagne, an exquisite dinner at the glamorous Berners Tavern or a sunset cruise down the River Thames.
For a more historical experience of vibrant city life, Edinburgh is the one for you. The beauty of the famous monuments such as Edinburgh Castle and the charming cobbled streets featuring ancient narrow alleyways, make this magical city a unique escape for newlyweds!
Walk in the footsteps of J.K. Rowling if you are Harry Potter fans, with Edinburgh being the birthplace of the iconic novels. Enjoy sightseeing and experience the rich culture of the Old and New Town, from strolling down the Royal Mile from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood House, to the shopping boulevard of Princes Street.
Take a romantic picnic to Arthur’s Seat, where you can admire the panoramic views of the city and indulge in a candle-lit dinner at The Witchery. Plan your trip in line with the city’s most popular events to add even more excitement to your mini-honeymoon, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer months and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at New Year.
Escape to the tranquillity of the countryside for some quality time with your partner in the picturesque setting of the Scottish Highlands. Choose from a variety of locations including Inverness, Aviemore or Skye for a romantic nature getaway gifting you with breath-taking mountain landscapes.
Enjoy long walks and hikes where you will explore countless beautiful lochs, waterfalls and ancient ruins. Discover the sights of Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, Urquhart Castle or the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Start your lives together on a high in the fresh outdoors surrounded by nature, in activities like mountain biking, horse riding, white-water rafting, sailing or hiking!
Known as one of the most romantic destinations in the UK, whisk yourselves away to a charming cottage in Lake District, located in England’s largest national park. Explore the magical lakes and magnificent landscape views as you enjoy peace and quiet on a walk or hike with your loved one away from busy cities.
Have a romantic and peaceful date on a rowing boat on Lake Windermere which are available for hire, stroll across the charming High Sweden Bridge, have a picnic at Rydal Mount Gardens and cosy up by the fire back at your cottage.
By Layla Maguire
KeiKei is a London-based award-winning journalist and videographer with a degree in Broadcast Media and Journalism from the University of the West of Scotland and an extensive reporting background in news, entertainment, travel, and lifestyle.
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