Located in the picturesque Scottish countryside, just an hour’s drive from most major cities, Lanarkshire provides an idyllic setting for a romantic weekend away.
From stunning country parks, to candlelit dinners and sailing along the Forth Canal, we have selected some activities for couple’s looking to enjoy each other’s company this Valentine’s Day.
Take a romantic stroll
There are few better ways to spend quality time with your other half than taking in some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery.
Whether it’s a stroll around the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Lanark village, or a more adventurous hike up Tinto Hill, Lanarkshire’s vast array of routes ensures couples can walk hand-in-hand while enjoying the peaceful outdoors.
One of the area’s most romantic spots is Dalzell House, in Motherwell, a 500-year-old A-listed building, surrounded by beautiful Japanese Gardens.
Visitors can also visit the spectacular Chatelherault Country Park in Hamilton, which boasts more than ten miles of stunning gorge walks along the River Avon and through ancient woodland, some of which are the oldest in the country. Those opting to spend the day exploring this site, are encouraged to pack their binoculars, as the area is home to array of wildlife including roe deer, badgers, otters, and kingfishers.
Boat trip along the canal:
Those less inclined to head out in the great outdoors in February can cosy up on a traditional canal boat as its sails up the Forth & Clyde Canal. Setting off from Auchinstarry Marina, couples will be able to take in the sights of some of the area’s most significant landmarks, including the Antonine Wall, from the comfort of this charming riverboat. Boats can be charted by the hour for just £105.
Where to eat:
Lanarkshire is a foodie heaven with a varied scene from farm shops and markets, to contemporary cafes and restaurants.
This Valentine’s Day, the area’s top restaurants will be helping visitors wine and dine their better halves. The Glasshouse Restaurant at The Alona Hotel, offers unrivalled views of Strathclyde Park, making it the perfect spot for a cosy night out. Guests can dine by candlelight for just £35 per person, while enjoying great food and entertainment.
The popular Mill One Restaurant at New Lanark Mill Hotel is also providing a special Valentine’s Day package. Couples who choose to spend February 14 at this 18th century cotton mill will be able to enjoy an exquisite four course meal and a glass of bubbly for just £25 per person.
Where to stay:
From quaint B&Bs to a luxury 15th century castles, Lanarkshire provides the perfect escape for a relaxing weekend away.
Built in 1705 by the Lady Dowager of Torrance Castle in memory of her husband, Macdonald Crutherland House makes for the perfect get-away for couples, with its manicured gardens and 37 acres of unspoiled countryside. Couples can enjoy a Kir Royale afternoon tea upon arrival followed by a romantic three course candlelit dinner in the hotel’s two Rosette award-winning restaurant. The Macdonald Crutherland House Hotel’s special Valentine’s Day package also includes overnight accommodation in an executive room and a Bucks Fizz breakfast for £199 on Saturday 11 February.
For more information on things to do in Lanarkshire check out our dedicated attractions page.