ROMANTIC PROPOSAL HOTSPOTS ON THE NORTH COAST 500

Bringing together just over 500 miles of beautiful coastal scenery, the North Coast 500 is one of the world’s most picturesque, romantic road trips. The route skirts the coastal edges of the North Highlands of Scotland, offering visitors fairytale castles, white sand beaches and hidden gems including quaint villages and haunting ruins.

The beautiful scenery, luxurious accommodation and mouth-watering cuisine available on the route make it the perfect setting for spending time with the love of your life. Our guide will help you find the best spots, so whether you’re enjoying a honeymoon, planning a wedding or are going to pop the question with the perfect ring, you can make sure your North Coast 500 trip will be one you’ll remember forever.


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Achnagairn Estate

Achnagairn Estate

Achnagairn Estate, Kirkhill, Inverness, IV5 7PD
T: 01463 831878

Escape the ordinary at Achnagairn Estate, the perfect location for a romantic Highland getaway. Open to guests as a hotel over the summer months or as an exclusive use venue for events for the rest of the year, Achnagairn Castle features a stunning conical entrance and crow-stepped gables. However, it’s the mesmerising ballroom, built in 1912 as a 21st birthday present for the then-owner’s daughter, that’s the jewel in the crown of this grand venue. The estate also offers seven luxury mini-manors, which are available for individual hire.

Tip: “Achnagairn is one of the leading wedding venues in the country, so romance is something of a speciality. We adore helping couples surreptitiously plan their proposals and have plotted with grooms about exactly how to ask the big question in our glorious wood-panelled ballroom or under the stone arch in the lovely grounds of the castle. And of course, when it comes to the wedding itself, our knack for really understanding romance may come in handy once again.”

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Ackergill Tower

Ackergill Tower

Ackergill Tower, Ackergill, Wick, Caithness, KW1 4RG
T: 01955 603556

One of the finest hotels in the Scottish Highlands, this 15th century castle has an inspiring history and impressive architecture. Sitting in the heart of a beautiful 3,000-acre estate, Ackergill Tower comprises luxury rooms and self-catering cottages, including one of the largest treehouses in Europe. Steeped in history yet with 21st century luxuries, Ackergill Tower offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience Highland hospitality and lifestyle at its best.

Tip: “Snuggle up with a whisky or hot chocolate in front of our mesmerising fire pit or enjoy a private picnic and a bottle of champagne on our private beach - the perfect settings for a truly personal proposal. At certain times of the year, you may even be treated to the Northern Lights dancing in the sky above.”

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Attadale Gardens

Attadale Gardens

Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, IV54 8YXG
T: 01520 722603

Located beside Loch Carron, Attadale Gardens offers magnificent views of Skye and the surrounding hills as well as an impressive sculpture collection. Visitors can wander down ancient paths winding through woodlands and rhododendrons, over bridges and beautifully planted ponds, and to gorgeous waterfalls. Attadale Gardens also includes a kitchen garden, sunken garden and geodesic dome filled with one of the biggest fern collections in Scotland.

Tip: “A horticultural oasis, Attadale Gardens provides the perfect backdrop for a proposal. From the Japanese Garden and the fern-filled geodesic dome to the sunken garden with its timeless sundial, the choice is endless for your big moment.”

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Balblair Distillery

Balblair Distillery

Edderton, Tain, Ross-Shire, IV19 1LB
T: 01862 821273

Balblair is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, having been officially founded in 1790. Located on the idyllic coast of Dornoch Firth, it’s the only Scottish distillery to produce nothing but vintage whiskies. All Balblair vintages maintain the distillery’s core flavour characteristics, but each is made unique by the amount of time it spends in the cask and the composition of the casks themselves.

Tip: “Make your visit a day to remember with an intimate and personal tour of Balblair, running throughout the year. Discover more about the history of our historic home over a tipple of intriguingly complex and satisfying vintages.”

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Black Isle Brewery

Black Isle Brewery

Old Allangrange, Munlochy, Black Isle, IV8 8NZ
T: 01463 811871

Situated in a stunning countryside location within the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Black Isle Brewery offers world-class beers made from the finest organic malt and hops, grown without chemicals as nature intended. Take a tour and see how one of Scotland’s favourite beers is lovingly crafted or simply stop by for a taste of beer that has truly been brewed in paradise.

Tip: “Is your partner the hops to your barley? Black Isle Brewery offers the perfect backdrop for a proposal to any craft beer lover.”

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Caithness Horizons Museum

Caithness Horizons Museum

Old Town Hall, High Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8AJ
T: 01847 896508

Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery is steeped in tradition and heritage, yet with a contemporary and enticing edge. The museum covers three floors in the beautifully transformed Thurso Town Hall and makes for an essential stop-off as you journey the North Coast 500.

Tip: “See the museum’s marriage stone - a lintel, removed from a property in Thurso’s High Street. The inscription is rumoured to record a 1728 marriage between ‘AM’ and ‘EM’, with the additional initials ‘IM’ thought to represent the happy couple’s only child. A visit to see the stone is sure to set you up for a lifetime of happiness.”

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Castle of Mey

Castle of Mey

Mey, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XH
T: 01847 851473

Built between 1566 and 1572, The Castle of Mey has a long and fascinating history as the most northerly inhabited castle in Scotland. The Castle was the only home ever owned by The Queen Mother, who fell for its isolated charm in 1952 when the historic site was still known as Barrogill Castle. With its jutting towers and corbelled turrets, the remarkable castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and lush parklands.

Tip: “Embrace your regal side as you fall for the allure of The Castle of Mey. The walled garden makes for a romantic spot to get down on one knee. Couples looking for a romantic venue with a difference can hold their special ceremony in the Visitor Centre between October and April.”

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Clynelish Distillery

Clynelish Distillery

Clynelish Road, Brora, Sutherland, KW9 6LR
T: 01408 623000

Nestled in the tranquil coastal village of Brora, Clynelish is Sutherland’s only remaining fully functioning distillery. With water supplied from the Clynemilton Burn, which is said to contain particles of gold, Clynelish produces its very own brand of liquid gold - a single malt that’s fruity, waxy, slightly smoky, and sea-spicy.

Tip: “For scenic admirers, our ‘Taste of Clynelish’ distillery tour offers beautiful views of the North Sea and northern hills where the Clynemilton Burn runs over seams of gold in the rock. You can also get a flavour of the Highlands with a private tour of the distillery and a tasting of exclusive whiskies.”

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Cocoa Mountain

Cocoa Mountain

8 Balnakeil, Durness, Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4PT
T: 01971 511233

Cocoa Mountain is an award-winning luxury chocolatier and cafe set in the picturesque North Highlands, between coast and mountains - paradise! Famed for serving one of the world’s best and most remote hot chocolates, a second outlet in Royal Dornoch opened in 2017, also on the North Coast 500 route.

Tip: “What could be sweeter than sharing a bowl of chocolates surrounded by awe-inspiring views or taking something utterly delicious for a romantic walk along Balnakeil Beach or to a mountain top to watch the setting sun. Believe us, we know what love is!”

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Dunnet Bay Distillers

Dunnet Bay Distillers

Dunnet, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XD
T: 01847 851287

Set up by husband and wife team Martin and Claire Murray, Dunnet Bay Distillers produce handcrafted spirits that celebrate the heritage and provenance of the Scottish Highlands and proudly use local hand-foraged botanicals. The distillery is famous for producing the multi-award-winning Rock Rose Gin, which launched to critical acclaim in 2015. The gin is hand-distilled and made with a carefully selected collection of local and traditional botanicals, including juniper berries, rowan berries and sea buckthorn.

Tip: “Stroll along the gorgeous sandy three mile arc of Dunnet Bay before proposing to your loved one during a private tour of the distillery!”

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Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock, Milton, Applecross, IV54 8LS
T: 01520 744497

Time stands still at Eagle Rock. Nestled between Earth and sky, this luxury accommodation is the perfect perch to rest and reconnect with the things that matter most in life – allowing the wild Highlands to wrap you in wonder. From dining on the deck to getting back to nature or watching the sun set over The Cuilin in a soothing hot tub, a visit to Eagle Rock is a retreat for the mind, body and soul.

Tip: “Look to Mother Nature for a little proposal help and wait for the dolphins to swim past in time for the big moment. Time it perfectly and present your partner with the ring of their dreams on the deck, across the sea from Skye.”

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Forss House Hotel

Forss House Hotel

Forss, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7XY
T: 01847 861201

Built in 1810, Forss House is a delightful country house set in 20 acres of breathtaking woodland, below a waterfall, on a loop of the gently meandering River Forss. Its 14 en suite bedrooms exude comfort and style, each boasting its own distinctive feel. A warm welcome awaits at this Highland hotel, proud to provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway - whether it’s a weekend retreat or pit stop on the North Coast 500 route.

Tip: “Take a bottle of bubbles from the hotel’s bar down to the neighbouring salmon pools that lie at the bottom of the sparkling waterfall on the River Forss to chill. Question popped, fish out the champagne and soak up the glorious surroundings.”

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Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie Distillery

A9, Ross-shire, IV19 1PZ
T: 01862 892477

Meaning ‘valley of tranquillity’ in Scots Gaelic, every dram of Glenmorangie’s single malt celebrates the essence of an unhurried, uncompromising journey to maturity. Each sip evokes the peace of the Highlands, with Glenmorangie House offering the ultimate escape for fans of Scotland’s national tipple. The impressive 17th century Highland home lies tucked away in a sleepy corner of Easter Ross, where guests discover what the true essence of tranquillity really is.

Tip: “Plan an unforgettable day ahead of your proposal with a walk along the beach and distillery tour before enjoying award-winning, locally sourced fare.”

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Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

20 Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SF
T: 01463 223777

Date night, proposal, or the wedding itself, the fabulous Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel is the ideal venue. Set on a tree-lined terrace on the banks of the River Ness, the hotel offers 30 stunning bedrooms, three luxury apartments, the award-winning Contrast Brasserie restaurant, and the stylish Piano Bar with live music as well as 260 whiskies and 40 gins - all just a short walk from the city centre of Inverness.

Tip: “Take your someone special somewhere special for the proposal. Begin with romantic cocktails and live music in the ambient Piano Bar, then move onto fabulous dining with views across the river in Contrast Brasserie, and finally a fine range of champagnes to toast your engagement.”

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Inver Lodge Hotel

Inver Lodge Hotel

Lochinver, Sutherland, Scotland, IV27 4LU
T: 01571 844496

A tranquil retreat set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Inver Lodge Hotel is a haven of rest and relaxation. With views of the quaint village of Lochinver and across the clear waters of the loch to the distant outline of the Western Isles, this Highland hotel offers the perfect setting for embracing the great outdoors. With 21 stunning rooms, Inver Lodge offers an intimate escape from everyday life, with welcoming staff proud to ensure that every guest enjoys a truly unforgettable experience.

Tip: “Why not bag yourself a Munro and a fiance with a proposal at the top of Ben More Assynt or Conival? Afterwards, you can celebrate over a glass of champagne and excellent cuisine at our restaurant, supervised by the legendary Albert Roux.”

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Links House at Royal Dornoch

Links House at Royal Dornoch

Golf Road, Dornoch, IV25 3LW
T: 01862 810279

Tradition meets luxury at Links House at Royal Dornoch. Playing on the charm and grace of the Scottish Highlands, this 15-bedroom hotel offers the ultimate trip away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Over the years, the respected hotel has been lovingly restored and renovated to reflect the strength and drama of its setting, overlooking the first tee at Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

Tip: “Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings of Links House before settling down to a mouth-watering meal at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.”

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Mey House

Mey House

East Mey, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XL
T: 01847 851852

Combining the style of a boutique hotel with the relaxing atmosphere of a family-run bed and breakfast, Mey House Luxury Rooms and Breakfast provides spacious five-star accommodation and panoramic ocean views, in addition to being perfectly located next to The Castle of Mey. With a delicious à la carte breakfast, licensed bar and the opportunity for a private chauffeured North Coast Explorer tour, Mey House offers an unforgettable experience.

Tip: “Enjoy the sunset over the Pentland Firth, the Castle of Mey and Orkney from our Garden Room while indulging in one of our romance packages or take a romantic stroll to the shore to ask that special question while the seals watch.”

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Natural Retreats John O’Groats

Natural Retreats John O’Groats

A99, John o' Groats, Wick, KW1 4YR
T: 01625 416430

Located in a tiny hamlet set amongst awe-inspiring coastal stacks, dramatic cliffs, forests and white sandy beaches, Natural Retreats John O’Groats provides outstanding self-catering accommodation for those looking to break up their North Coast 500 journey. Just 11 miles from Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland Britain, the small coastal village of John O'Groats is the starting point for many embarking on the famous 'End to End' journey to Land's End in Cornwall, some 876 miles away.

Tip: “Whether you choose to cuddle-up in front of our log-burning fires, retreat to your own private lodge deck (wrapped up in blankets for front row seats to the Aurora Borealis) or walk hand-in-hand along the beach - there are plenty of romantic moments to discover at our Highland sanctuary!”

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Rocpool Reserve

Rocpool Reserve

Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AG
T: 01463 240089

Rocpool Reserve is proud to offer an experience that champions elegance, not exhibitionism. The discreet boutique hotel, bar and restaurant provides five-star luxury in the heart of Inverness. A beautifully renovated Georgian mansion, boasting views over the River Ness, Rocpool Reserve offers the opportunity to indulge in fine dining and great company in a magnificent setting.

Tip: “Enjoy an evening of quiet, modern elegance and honest Scottish cuisine with a French twist at Chez Roux Restaurant, before getting down on one knee to ask that all-important question.”

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Shieldaig Lodge

Shieldaig Lodge

Badachro, Gairloch, Ross-Shire, IV21 2AN
T: 01445 741333

Shieldaig Lodge, a recently refurbished Victorian hunting lodge, is located on a 26,000-acre estate that is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the West Highlands. The Lodge retains the warm and welcoming atmosphere of its 19th century origins, offering magnificent views over Loch Gairloch, real fires, snug lounges and a handpicked whisky and gin bar. Guests can experience the Scottish Highlands at their best – from deer stalking, falconry, fishing, hiking, pony trekking, archery and sailing to exploring the tranquil local beaches.

Tip: “Set out on an adventure to discover the charmingly named Fairy Lochs, which can be viewed from the highest point of the estate, just a short hike from Shieldaig Lodge. Secluded and still, this is a magical setting to celebrate embarking on the next chapter.”

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Smoo Lodge

Smoo Lodge

Smoo, Durness, Lairg, IV27 4QA
T: 01971 511423

A peaceful haven away from the routine of daily life, Smoo Lodge offers the chance to take a moment to unwind. Located in the most north westerly village on UK mainland, the lodge is a world away from work pressures and social commitments. Situated by Smoo Cave and boasting stunning views over nearby mountains and Cape Wrath, it offers a reminder that sometimes it’s important to pause and appreciate the little things in life - like the fresh sea air or a mesmerising sunset.

Tip: “Make it a proposal to remember with a romantic picnic on the white sands of the secluded Secret Beach, followed by a luxurious soak in our roll-top bath, enjoying the view of Ceannabeinne mountain bathed in the pink light of sunset with a glass of bubbly.”

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Sutor Creek

Sutor Creek

21 Bank Street, Cromarty, Black Isle, IV11 8YE
T: 01381 600855

Sutor Creek Café’s Michelin-recommended menu focuses on Scottish seafood and wood-fired pizzas using the very best seasonal and local produce. Overlooking the historic fishing harbour, Sutor Creek’s warm and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect place for a romantic evening.

Tip: “Enjoy a post-dinner walk along the Cromarty shoreline, watch the sunset over Ben Wyvis and fall in love with the Black Isle.”

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The Torridon

The Torridon

Annat, Achnasheen, Wester Ross, IV22 2EY
T: 01445 791242

Tucked away in the corner of the Scottish Highlands, The Torridon offers exclusive luxury with a personal touch. It’s the little gestures in life that often exceed expectations and this is something the Torridon team appreciate. From stunning mountain vistas to calm sea lochs and scenic villages - the hotel is proud to play a part in creating a thriving Highland community, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Tip: “Take your love to new heights at The Torridon. Let a guide lead you to the top of a Munro for the perfect proposal, complete with champagne, or take a wander to a beautiful waterfall in search of the ideal setting.”

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Achnagairn Estate

Achnagairn Estate

Achnagairn Estate, Kirkhill, Inverness, IV5 7PD
T: 01463 831878

Escape the ordinary at Achnagairn Estate, the perfect location for a romantic Highland getaway. Open to guests as a hotel over the summer months or as an exclusive use venue for events for the rest of the year, Achnagairn Castle features a stunning conical entrance and crow-stepped gables. However, it’s the mesmerising ballroom, built in 1912 as a 21st birthday present for the then-owner’s daughter, that’s the jewel in the crown of this grand venue. The estate also offers seven luxury mini-manors, which are available for individual hire.

Tip: “Achnagairn is one of the leading wedding venues in the country, so romance is something of a speciality. We adore helping couples surreptitiously plan their proposals and have plotted with grooms about exactly how to ask the big question in our glorious wood-panelled ballroom or under the stone arch in the lovely grounds of the castle. And of course, when it comes to the wedding itself, our knack for really understanding romance may come in handy once again.”

Ackergill Tower

Ackergill Tower

Ackergill Tower, Ackergill, Wick, Caithness, KW1 4RG
T: 01955 603556

One of the finest hotels in the Scottish Highlands, this 15th century castle has an inspiring history and impressive architecture. Sitting in the heart of a beautiful 3,000-acre estate, Ackergill Tower comprises luxury rooms and self-catering cottages, including one of the largest treehouses in Europe. Steeped in history yet with 21st century luxuries, Ackergill Tower offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience Highland hospitality and lifestyle at its best.

Tip: “Snuggle up with a whisky or hot chocolate in front of our mesmerising fire pit or enjoy a private picnic and a bottle of champagne on our private beach - the perfect settings for a truly personal proposal. At certain times of the year, you may even be treated to the Northern Lights dancing in the sky above.”

Attadale Gardens

Attadale Gardens

Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, IV54 8YXG
T: 01520 722603

Located beside Loch Carron, Attadale Gardens offers magnificent views of Skye and the surrounding hills as well as an impressive sculpture collection. Visitors can wander down ancient paths winding through woodlands and rhododendrons, over bridges and beautifully planted ponds, and to gorgeous waterfalls. Attadale Gardens also includes a kitchen garden, sunken garden and geodesic dome filled with one of the biggest fern collections in Scotland.

Tip: “A horticultural oasis, Attadale Gardens provides the perfect backdrop for a proposal. From the Japanese Garden and the fern-filled geodesic dome to the sunken garden with its timeless sundial, the choice is endless for your big moment.”

Balblair Distillery

Balblair Distillery

Edderton, Tain, Ross-Shire, IV19 1LB
T: 01862 821273

Balblair is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, having been officially founded in 1790. Located on the idyllic coast of Dornoch Firth, it’s the only Scottish distillery to produce nothing but vintage whiskies. All Balblair vintages maintain the distillery’s core flavour characteristics, but each is made unique by the amount of time it spends in the cask and the composition of the casks themselves.

Tip: “Make your visit a day to remember with an intimate and personal tour of Balblair, running throughout the year. Discover more about the history of our historic home over a tipple of intriguingly complex and satisfying vintages.”

Black Isle Brewery

Black Isle Brewery

Old Allangrange, Munlochy, Black Isle, IV8 8NZ
T: 01463 811871

Situated in a stunning countryside location within the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Black Isle Brewery offers world-class beers made from the finest organic malt and hops, grown without chemicals as nature intended. Take a tour and see how one of Scotland’s favourite beers is lovingly crafted or simply stop by for a taste of beer that has truly been brewed in paradise.

Tip: “Is your partner the hops to your barley? Black Isle Brewery offers the perfect backdrop for a proposal to any craft beer lover.”

Caithness Horizons Museum

Caithness Horizons Museum

Old Town Hall, High Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8AJ
T: 01847 896508

Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery is steeped in tradition and heritage, yet with a contemporary and enticing edge. The museum covers three floors in the beautifully transformed Thurso Town Hall and makes for an essential stop-off as you journey the North Coast 500.

Tip: “See the museum’s marriage stone - a lintel, removed from a property in Thurso’s High Street. The inscription is rumoured to record a 1728 marriage between ‘AM’ and ‘EM’, with the additional initials ‘IM’ thought to represent the happy couple’s only child. A visit to see the stone is sure to set you up for a lifetime of happiness.”

Castle of Mey

Castle of Mey

Mey, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XH
T: 01847 851473

Built between 1566 and 1572, The Castle of Mey has a long and fascinating history as the most northerly inhabited castle in Scotland. The Castle was the only home ever owned by The Queen Mother, who fell for its isolated charm in 1952 when the historic site was still known as Barrogill Castle. With its jutting towers and corbelled turrets, the remarkable castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and lush parklands.

Tip: “Embrace your regal side as you fall for the allure of The Castle of Mey. The walled garden makes for a romantic spot to get down on one knee. Couples looking for a romantic venue with a difference can hold their special ceremony in the Visitor Centre between October and April.”

Clynelish Distillery

Clynelish Distillery

Clynelish Road, Brora, Sutherland, KW9 6LR
T: 01408 623000

Nestled in the tranquil coastal village of Brora, Clynelish is Sutherland’s only remaining fully functioning distillery. With water supplied from the Clynemilton Burn, which is said to contain particles of gold, Clynelish produces its very own brand of liquid gold - a single malt that’s fruity, waxy, slightly smoky, and sea-spicy.

Tip: “For scenic admirers, our ‘Taste of Clynelish’ distillery tour offers beautiful views of the North Sea and northern hills where the Clynemilton Burn runs over seams of gold in the rock. You can also get a flavour of the Highlands with a private tour of the distillery and a tasting of exclusive whiskies.”

Cocoa Mountain

Cocoa Mountain

8 Balnakeil, Durness, Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4PT
T: 01971 511233

Cocoa Mountain is an award-winning luxury chocolatier and cafe set in the picturesque North Highlands, between coast and mountains - paradise! Famed for serving one of the world’s best and most remote hot chocolates, a second outlet in Royal Dornoch opened in 2017, also on the North Coast 500 route.

Tip: “What could be sweeter than sharing a bowl of chocolates surrounded by awe-inspiring views or taking something utterly delicious for a romantic walk along Balnakeil Beach or to a mountain top to watch the setting sun. Believe us, we know what love is!”

Dunnet Bay Distillers

Dunnet Bay Distillers

Dunnet, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XD
T: 01847 851287

Set up by husband and wife team Martin and Claire Murray, Dunnet Bay Distillers produce handcrafted spirits that celebrate the heritage and provenance of the Scottish Highlands and proudly use local hand-foraged botanicals. The distillery is famous for producing the multi-award-winning Rock Rose Gin, which launched to critical acclaim in 2015. The gin is hand-distilled and made with a carefully selected collection of local and traditional botanicals, including juniper berries, rowan berries and sea buckthorn.

Tip: “Stroll along the gorgeous sandy three mile arc of Dunnet Bay before proposing to your loved one during a private tour of the distillery!”

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock, Milton, Applecross, IV54 8LS
T: 01520 744497

Time stands still at Eagle Rock. Nestled between Earth and sky, this luxury accommodation is the perfect perch to rest and reconnect with the things that matter most in life – allowing the wild Highlands to wrap you in wonder. From dining on the deck to getting back to nature or watching the sun set over The Cuilin in a soothing hot tub, a visit to Eagle Rock is a retreat for the mind, body and soul.

Tip: “Look to Mother Nature for a little proposal help and wait for the dolphins to swim past in time for the big moment. Time it perfectly and present your partner with the ring of their dreams on the deck, across the sea from Skye.”

Forss House Hotel

Forss House Hotel

Forss, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7XY
T: 01847 861201

Built in 1810, Forss House is a delightful country house set in 20 acres of breathtaking woodland, below a waterfall, on a loop of the gently meandering River Forss. Its 14 en suite bedrooms exude comfort and style, each boasting its own distinctive feel. A warm welcome awaits at this Highland hotel, proud to provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway - whether it’s a weekend retreat or pit stop on the North Coast 500 route.

Tip: “Take a bottle of bubbles from the hotel’s bar down to the neighbouring salmon pools that lie at the bottom of the sparkling waterfall on the River Forss to chill. Question popped, fish out the champagne and soak up the glorious surroundings.”

Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie Distillery

A9, Ross-shire, IV19 1PZ
T: 01862 892477

Meaning ‘valley of tranquillity’ in Scots Gaelic, every dram of Glenmorangie’s single malt celebrates the essence of an unhurried, uncompromising journey to maturity. Each sip evokes the peace of the Highlands, with Glenmorangie House offering the ultimate escape for fans of Scotland’s national tipple. The impressive 17th century Highland home lies tucked away in a sleepy corner of Easter Ross, where guests discover what the true essence of tranquillity really is.

Tip: “Plan an unforgettable day ahead of your proposal with a walk along the beach and distillery tour before enjoying award-winning, locally sourced fare.”

Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

20 Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SF
T: 01463 223777

Date night, proposal, or the wedding itself, the fabulous Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel is the ideal venue. Set on a tree-lined terrace on the banks of the River Ness, the hotel offers 30 stunning bedrooms, three luxury apartments, the award-winning Contrast Brasserie restaurant, and the stylish Piano Bar with live music as well as 260 whiskies and 40 gins - all just a short walk from the city centre of Inverness.

Tip: “Take your someone special somewhere special for the proposal. Begin with romantic cocktails and live music in the ambient Piano Bar, then move onto fabulous dining with views across the river in Contrast Brasserie, and finally a fine range of champagnes to toast your engagement.”

Inver Lodge Hotel

Inver Lodge Hotel

Lochinver, Sutherland, Scotland, IV27 4LU
T: 01571 844496

A tranquil retreat set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Inver Lodge Hotel is a haven of rest and relaxation. With views of the quaint village of Lochinver and across the clear waters of the loch to the distant outline of the Western Isles, this Highland hotel offers the perfect setting for embracing the great outdoors. With 21 stunning rooms, Inver Lodge offers an intimate escape from everyday life, with welcoming staff proud to ensure that every guest enjoys a truly unforgettable experience.

Tip: “Why not bag yourself a Munro and a fiance with a proposal at the top of Ben More Assynt or Conival? Afterwards, you can celebrate over a glass of champagne and excellent cuisine at our restaurant, supervised by the legendary Albert Roux.”

Links House at Royal Dornoch

Links House at Royal Dornoch

Golf Road, Dornoch, IV25 3LW
T: 01862 810279

Tradition meets luxury at Links House at Royal Dornoch. Playing on the charm and grace of the Scottish Highlands, this 15-bedroom hotel offers the ultimate trip away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Over the years, the respected hotel has been lovingly restored and renovated to reflect the strength and drama of its setting, overlooking the first tee at Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

Tip: “Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings of Links House before settling down to a mouth-watering meal at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.”

Mey House

Mey House

East Mey, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XL
T: 01847 851852

Combining the style of a boutique hotel with the relaxing atmosphere of a family-run bed and breakfast, Mey House Luxury Rooms and Breakfast provides spacious five-star accommodation and panoramic ocean views, in addition to being perfectly located next to The Castle of Mey. With a delicious à la carte breakfast, licensed bar and the opportunity for a private chauffeured North Coast Explorer tour, Mey House offers an unforgettable experience.

Tip: “Enjoy the sunset over the Pentland Firth, the Castle of Mey and Orkney from our Garden Room while indulging in one of our romance packages or take a romantic stroll to the shore to ask that special question while the seals watch.”

Natural Retreats John O’Groats

Natural Retreats John O’Groats

A99, John o' Groats, Wick, KW1 4YR
T: 01625 416430

Located in a tiny hamlet set amongst awe-inspiring coastal stacks, dramatic cliffs, forests and white sandy beaches, Natural Retreats John O’Groats provides outstanding self-catering accommodation for those looking to break up their North Coast 500 journey. Just 11 miles from Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland Britain, the small coastal village of John O'Groats is the starting point for many embarking on the famous 'End to End' journey to Land's End in Cornwall, some 876 miles away.

Tip: “Whether you choose to cuddle-up in front of our log-burning fires, retreat to your own private lodge deck (wrapped up in blankets for front row seats to the Aurora Borealis) or walk hand-in-hand along the beach - there are plenty of romantic moments to discover at our Highland sanctuary!”

Rocpool Reserve

Rocpool Reserve

Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AG
T: 01463 240089

Rocpool Reserve is proud to offer an experience that champions elegance, not exhibitionism. The discreet boutique hotel, bar and restaurant provides five-star luxury in the heart of Inverness. A beautifully renovated Georgian mansion, boasting views over the River Ness, Rocpool Reserve offers the opportunity to indulge in fine dining and great company in a magnificent setting.

Tip: “Enjoy an evening of quiet, modern elegance and honest Scottish cuisine with a French twist at Chez Roux Restaurant, before getting down on one knee to ask that all-important question.”

Shieldaig Lodge

Shieldaig Lodge

Badachro, Gairloch, Ross-Shire, IV21 2AN
T: 01445 741333

Shieldaig Lodge, a recently refurbished Victorian hunting lodge, is located on a 26,000-acre estate that is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the West Highlands. The Lodge retains the warm and welcoming atmosphere of its 19th century origins, offering magnificent views over Loch Gairloch, real fires, snug lounges and a handpicked whisky and gin bar. Guests can experience the Scottish Highlands at their best – from deer stalking, falconry, fishing, hiking, pony trekking, archery and sailing to exploring the tranquil local beaches.

Tip: “Set out on an adventure to discover the charmingly named Fairy Lochs, which can be viewed from the highest point of the estate, just a short hike from Shieldaig Lodge. Secluded and still, this is a magical setting to celebrate embarking on the next chapter.”

Smoo Lodge

Smoo Lodge

Smoo, Durness, Lairg, IV27 4QA
T: 01971 511423

A peaceful haven away from the routine of daily life, Smoo Lodge offers the chance to take a moment to unwind. Located in the most north westerly village on UK mainland, the lodge is a world away from work pressures and social commitments. Situated by Smoo Cave and boasting stunning views over nearby mountains and Cape Wrath, it offers a reminder that sometimes it’s important to pause and appreciate the little things in life - like the fresh sea air or a mesmerising sunset.

Tip: “Make it a proposal to remember with a romantic picnic on the white sands of the secluded Secret Beach, followed by a luxurious soak in our roll-top bath, enjoying the view of Ceannabeinne mountain bathed in the pink light of sunset with a glass of bubbly.”

Sutor Creek

Sutor Creek

21 Bank Street, Cromarty, Black Isle, IV11 8YE
T: 01381 600855

Sutor Creek Café’s Michelin-recommended menu focuses on Scottish seafood and wood-fired pizzas using the very best seasonal and local produce. Overlooking the historic fishing harbour, Sutor Creek’s warm and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect place for a romantic evening.

Tip: “Enjoy a post-dinner walk along the Cromarty shoreline, watch the sunset over Ben Wyvis and fall in love with the Black Isle.”

The Torridon

The Torridon

Annat, Achnasheen, Wester Ross, IV22 2EY
T: 01445 791242

Tucked away in the corner of the Scottish Highlands, The Torridon offers exclusive luxury with a personal touch. It’s the little gestures in life that often exceed expectations and this is something the Torridon team appreciate. From stunning mountain vistas to calm sea lochs and scenic villages - the hotel is proud to play a part in creating a thriving Highland community, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Tip: “Take your love to new heights at The Torridon. Let a guide lead you to the top of a Munro for the perfect proposal, complete with champagne, or take a wander to a beautiful waterfall in search of the ideal setting.”

How to get there

The North Coast 500 begins and ends in Inverness at Inverness Castle; perched on top of a hill within the city centre, this majestic fortress offers unparalleled views over the capital of the Highlands. Inverness is well-served by transport links, whether you’re flying into Inverness Airport or arriving by train. If you’re driving to the starting point, it’s a 3.5-hour drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, and a two-hour drive from Aberdeen.

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For the ultimate in luxury

Fancy taking it up a notch to celebrate your love? The North Coast 500 offers a Gold Membership with a fantastic range of benefits, including exclusive VIP experiences, a limited-edition bottle of Rock Rose Gin, a Johnstons of Elgin fine merino scarf and priority buying on limited-edition merchandise, plus many more benefits.

While on the trip, take some time to venture off the beaten track and explore the myriad of small fishing villages along the east coast on foot. Over on the west coast, visit the Applecross peninsula and soak in the spectacular views of Wester Ross and enjoy the journey amongst some of the most rugged and dramatic scenery in the UK.

Each journey can be tailored to you and your partner’s specific requirements – perfect for a romantic, memorable trip. If you’re still looking for the perfect ring to mark the occasion, check out our stylish range of engagement rings and wedding bands, or pop by one of our boutiques for a chat.

Finally, driving the North Coast 500 also acts as the perfect gateway to visiting Skye, Orkney or Lewis - so it could also be the start of a long-term love affair with this part of the UK. Visit the North Coast 500 website to start planning the journey of a lifetime today.