Why spend hours travelling when there is a wealth of romantic scenery, vibrant cities and cultural heritage right on your doorstep? The UK has a huge variety of honeymoon destinations to suit any couple – from hot beach days to quaint village pubs.
Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, has to be one of the most romantic cities in the UK, with castles and ancient churches as well as whisky, kilts and bagpipes. Stroll down the Royal Mile, take in the stunning view from Edinburgh’s seven famous hills or enjoy fine seafood at its historical seaport of Leith.
Peaceful and tranquil yet wild and romantic, the Scottish Isle of Skye is northern in latitude which means that there is sunshine till midnight in June, and lucky couples may see the breathtaking Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Also on offer are whale or dolphin spotting boat trips, local arts and crafts, watersports, a historical castle and the clan visitor centre – you will not be short of things to do when you go over the sea to Skye!
Enjoy time together exploring Snowdonia National Park, Wales, with hundreds of lakes and mountain peaks. Soak up the history at castles such as Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech and visit the coastal resorts of Rhyl, Llandudno and Tywyn.
Trendy waterfront shops and restaurants have transformed the Welsh Cardiff Bay, which is also home to the Wales Millennium Centre. Have some time together in a rowing boat at Roath park, or view the splendour of Cardiff Castle.
Belfast, Northern Ireland, is an upbeat and vibrant city. Visit the Grand Opera House or Belfast castle, and take a trip to see the incredible Giant’s Causeway. One of the great natural wonders of the world, its hexagonal black basalt pillars were created millions of years ago by volcanic upheavals.
Brighton, in Sussex, boasts a historic pier packed with fairground rides, slot machines and candy floss stalls. Explore the unique shops in the Lanes, the decadant flamboyance of the Brighton Pavillion or simply relax on the beach.
Unwind in the Cotswolds, with market towns and picturesque villages nestling alongside ancient castles, historical stately homes and magnificent churches. Spend quality time together over lunch in a cosy village country pub.
The Lake District is one of the UK’s most popular romantic honeymoon destinations, where you can go sailing, walking, mountaineering, mountain biking, pony trekking, golfing – the list is endless. Stroll around quaint villages and watch the sun go down together over beautiful lakes.
Cornwall offers romantic views over the crashing Atlantic sea. The climate is the mildest in the UK, perfect for visiting the beach at Newquay, Porthcurno or Porthminster or taking a drive to Britain’s most western point, Land’s End.
Finally, pay a visit the palm lined beaches of the Scilly Isles in July and you may find find it hard to believe you are still in the UK! There are five inhabited island in the Scillies, with St Mary’s being the largest and St Martin’s offering spectacular beaches, watersports and boat trips to visit bird and seal colonies.