Romantic days out in on the NCN in Scotland

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Scotland is blessed with some beautiful and romantic spots

And older couple out for a leisurely walk on a sunny day

These great days out can be enjoyed by anyone

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Why not treat someone to a fun day out by bike

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Whether you want to explore the beach or feast on seafood there's a route for everyone

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The routes below make for a great romantic day out

Scots know a thing or two about love. Their national poet Robert Burns penned some of the finest love songs ever written, and there are many glorious beauty spots on the National Cycle Network in Scotland that have set the scene for a romantic proposal.

1. Best for watching the sunset

One of the benefits of a hilly country is the wealth of places to relax with a loved one while watching the sun go down. Kentallen viewpoint on the Caledonia Way is easily one of the very best in the country. The west-facing view over Loch Linnhe provides a breath-taking view in itself, and watching the resplendent sunset from the viewpoint bench is a particularly lovely experience.

2. Best for a wintery picnic

Our Lochwinnoch Loop Line route takes you to one of Scotland’s best wetlands. It’s the perfect spot to see a huge variety of wildlife, from great crested glebes to otters, and find the perfect spot for a romantic picnic.

3. Best for exploring your own secluded beach

The Hebridean Way starts off on the Island of Vatersay, which is home to the beautiful Vatersay Bay. Spanning half a mile, this sandy bay is a fantastic place to see seals, watch the sun go down, and enjoy the views of the ocean.

4. Best for visiting a romantic castle

The Caledonia Way takes you past Balcardine Castle, a 17th-century tower house. Argyll’s only ancient castle was built in 1609 by “Black” Duncan Campbell and offers beautiful views over Loch Creran. Explore the local countryside in good weather or stay warm by the fire on a rainy day. The Black Castle is a great place to explore the Caledonia Way from.

5. Best for a romantic cruise

What could be better than viewing wildlife, stately homes and stunning views from the magical Loch Lomond? Our Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway route takes you from the heart of Glasgow up to Balloch where you can eat, drink, shop, and relax as you sail out across the beautiful expanse of water.

6. Best for a romantic weekend away

For the perfect weekend away, the epic Salmon Run takes you from the Tay Road Bridge in Dundee up the Tay along National Cycle Route 77 to the picturesque Pitlochry. The town has plenty to see and do – there are 41 miles of scenic walks, two whisky distilleries, and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. You can also visit the famous fish ladder, where you can see salmon continuing their journey up the Tay, back to their spawning grounds upstream.

7. Best for the adventurous couple

If you're up for exploring wild and beautiful countryside then the challenging Callendar - Killin route is for you. Showcasing Scotland’s natural beauty, the route takes you past waterfalls, glens, lochs and heather-clad mountains.

8. Best for romantic food

The Caledonia Way plays host to an abundance of places to dine together on oysters. Follow the Seafood Trail to romantic haunts such as The Pierhouse.

For non-meat eaters, Glasgow was named the most vegan-friendly city in the UK by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) in 2013 and has a wealth of vegan and vegetarian places to eat. Our Glasgow Waterways route takes you to the cosy Tchai-Ovna: House of Tea, a perfect place for a romantic meal for two.

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