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Scotland Honeymoon

The Pleasures of Scotland for Couples on a Romantic Journey

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Scotland Honeymoon

Edinburgh Castle at night.

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Scotland may not be the first place you think of as a honeymoon or romantic travel destination, yet it has much to offer couples.

To travel to Scotland, fly to Edinburgh. Or, better yet, catch the slow train from London. A private compartment is an extraordinarily cozy place to cuddle and sleep en route to Scotland.

Awaken early in the morning, pull aside the shade in your compartment, and look out. Scottish heather. As far as the eye can see, the lavender-tinted foliage waves in the breeze.

After the train pulls into the city, it's short cab ride to a romantic Edinburgh hotel.

From many quarters, there's a clear view of 14th-century Edinburgh Castle high on the hill. Tourist buses cluster around its perimeter. You'll find your way up, especially if you join a tour (it's a steep climb). Spend all the time you like exploring and imagining the romance of holding court here.

Edinburgh's Penguin Parade
That's not the only attraction in the city: Catch the world-famous Penguin Parade at the Edinburgh Zoo.

It's a ten-minute bus ride from the City Centre to the Zoo. Arrive just before feeding time at 2:15 pm to see the Zoo's collection of gentoo, rockhopper, and king penguins enact their nervous back-and-forth parade inside their pen.

It's remarkable how orderly they are, lining up one in back of another, patiently following a leader in one direction. Next, as if it is choreographed, they all turn about-face and march as far as they can go in the opposite direction, the last penguin becoming the new leader. And then they all turn and do it again, and again -- until the zookeeper shows up with their fishy reward.

After that astounding performance, return to the city. You may want to spent time shopping for kilts and cashmeres along Princes Street. Hungry? Pop into a restaurant or feast on delectable smoked Scottish salmon from room service.

Beyond Edinburgh
If you only see Edinburgh, you'll miss out on the Scotland of lochs and legend. In the vast countryside, where sheep outnumber people, are inns and lodges made for couples on a honeymoon or romantic getaway. The best belong to Connoisseurs Scotland. And the ultimate way to experience the Scottish countryside is from the back seat of a chauffeur-driven car.

Savor more than the salmon plucked from the world's freshest waters. Dine on Scotland's succulent lamb, cooked as you like it. Wash it down with a single-malt or an exquisitely blended Scotch whisky.

When planning your romantic visit to Scotland, keep in mind that this country is the home of golf. Your hotel can help you to arrange a game at one of the country's treasured courses. Many, such as Gleneagles and The Turnberry Resort, are affiliated with the greens.

Scottish Fairs and Festivals
Also allot time to attend a festival. Edinburgh's cultural fests are world-renowned. Each summer the Edinburgh International Festival attracts talent from around the world and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's biggest arts festival, draws up-and-coming talents.

Then there are the country's food festivals: Come spring and summer, regional foods are highlighted via competitions, cookery demonstrations, and exhibitions.

Often music and dance are part of the fun, with a ceilidh (traditional Scottish dance) held at least one night during the festival. Traditional dishes are presented for your delectation: Arbroath smokie (wood-smoked haddock); Forfar bridies (meat pies); stovied tatties (a potato side dish); black bun (a rich, dark-colored fruit cake); and haggis, the county's best-known delicacy, are among them.

Scotch drinkers will find themselves in a festive mood if they can make it to a gathering such as the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. This lively event celebrates Scotland's whisky-making heritage at locations along the River Spey.

Enthusiasts can partake of tours and tastings at distilleries rarely open to the public, and meet master blenders and distillery managers who share their passion. Visitors may get an opportunity to turn the barley in traditional floor maltings or even try their hand at "raising" a cask. And if you pay close attention, you'll learn how the same water used in producing malt whiskies yields the world's finest cashmere.

See? There's something for both of you in romantic Scotland.

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