Date Ideas & Accommodation in Glencoe, Scotland

One of the most photographed places in Scotland, the haunting charms of Glencoe are hard to resist. The dramatic mountain backdrops make this the ideal location for romance.

Here, the open sea meets the ragged mountains, and the windswept town lets every lover live out their Highlander dreams.

Date Ideas in Glencoe

Home of Clan MacDonald, this area of north eastern Scotland hosts stunning valleys bordered by impressive cliffs, shocks of heather, and moody mountaintops.

Visit in winter for snow-studded magic, or in summer for hiking, biking, and riding opportunities with your loved one. Dine in opulence or tour one of the whiskey distilleries. The options for cosy nights in front of the roaring fire are endless in the Glen Coe.

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Date ideas in Glencoe

Why choose Glencoe for your next date location? We’ve picked out our favourite things to do as a couple:

Drive the road through Glen Etive

On route to Glencoe is a road deemed Scotland’s most beautiful road to travel down Glen Etive.

Situated in the west of the Scottish Highlands, this road affords twelve miles of magnificent views, this journey offers vast moorlands, towering mountains and the deep lochs and valleys.  This road had a claim to fame for being featured in the James Bond film, Skyfall. 

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Ski at Glencoe Mountain Resort

Take in the outstanding views of Buachaille Etive Mor with 20 runs and 8 lifts. Glencoe Mountain Resort caters for all levels, with beginners enjoying gentle runs, whilst the experts can challenge themselves on the longest and steepest runs in Scotland.

The resort caters for skiing, snowboarding, sledging and hill walking, alongside offering home baked food and stunning panoramic photo opportunities. 

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Kayak on Loch Leven

A romantic activity to explore wildlife and history blended together. You will both be surrounded by the spectacular mountains of Glencoe and Mamores as you glide through the unique scenery.

However, be mindful that there are some no go areas to protect the water birds which are present year round. Bird sensitive areas include The Green Isle at Burleigh.

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Explore Lochaber Geopark

Famous for its remarkable scenery, Lochaber Geopark is described as an outdoor playground, sculptured by nature. It is perfect for walkers, climbers and mountain bikers, or those simply in search for spectacular scenery.

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Visitors will be wowed with its geological and international earth heritage. The vast range of scenes include a deeply eroded volcano, to the Parallel Roads of Glen Roy. The Geopark boasts some of the best geology in the world, so if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you will not be short of entertainment.

Hop on the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig

Just outside Glencoe is a short drive to Fort William, which can land you on your next magnificent adventure on the Jacobite Steam train!

This journey is listed as one of the picturesque rail journeys in the world as you take in the stunning views of Loch Shiel on this 84 mile round trip. You may experience a little déjà vu if you’re a Harry Potter fan too…

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Cable car with views of Ben Nevis

The Nevis Rane Mountain Gondola is the only one of its kind in the UK, reaching heights of 650m up the Aonach Mor Mountain.

The cable car journey offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the Scottish Highlands, including Ben Nevis, Great Glen and even Inner Hebrides on a clear day.

No matter what your abilities are, there are two easy and accessible walks from the top of the Gondola Station so everybody can appreciate this spectacular date activity.

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Romantic Sunset Cruise in Fort William

Only a 25 minute drive from Glencoe, you can enjoy a cosy cruise around Loch Linnhe or Loch Eil learning about the local area and even visit the seals on Seal Island!

The cruises run during the day and in the Sumer months, evening cruises are offered for incredible sunset views with the great Ben Nevis in the backdrop.

If you are looking for something a little more intimate, private charter is available through some cruise websites. This is definitely one way to wow your significant other.

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Take a Romantic Hike

If you’re looking for some alone time just the two of you, you can achieve just that with the many walking routes starting from the visitors centre, with easy parking along the A82. Take a picnic and blanket for a romantic lunch with stunning mountain scenery like no other.


You will never be out of photo opportunities with this backdrop. If you fancy a longer, circular route, start your journey from Lochan Forestry Commission car park where there are three different walks that are easily combined to guide you along the banks of the lochan.

For some of the best and most famous walks in Glencoe, head to The Signal Rock car park which boasts easy signposting for your chosen adventure for those wanting a shorter walk but with great views. 

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Accommodation in Glencoe

Interested in visiting Glencoe? Here are our 4 favourite accommodation options.

Click the links to find out more information and to compare availability and prices.

1) RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges

  • Magical micro-cabins nestled in the middle of beautiful woodland scenery.
  • Hot tubs on the deck of each Wee Lodge.
  • Each lodge has a bedroom, kitchenette and en-suite shower room panoramic views.
  • The Lodges are packed with luxury electrics – coffee machines, microwaves, designer toasters, impressive Hi-Fi. And there’s even a TV and mini-fridge, too.
  • Breakfast is delivered to your Wee Lodge each morning: with fresh milk, warm croissants, local bread and a homemade granola pot.

2) Clachaig Inn

  • Clachaig Inn offer 23 en-suite modernised bedrooms as well as 12 self-catering chalets.
  • Food is served daily. Take advantage of their award-winning bar with Scottish craft ales and over 400 malt whiskies and over 130 Scottish distilled gins.
  • In the heart of Glencoe and surrounded by spectacular mountain views of the Scottish Highlands.
  • Family-run Inn since 1984.
  • Relax by the log fires or catch one of the regular live music nights.

Find out more information for Clachaig Inn and check availability & prices.

3) Strath Lodge Glencoe

  • Luxury Bed & Breakfast location in a secluded location.
  • Situated in between the harbour town of Oban and Fort William which is recognised as the outdoor capital of the UK.
  • Stunning views to the surrounding mountains.
  • Extra comfy super king sized beds in highly finished rooms.
  • Adults only – no children or pets (expect a peaceful stay!)

4) SeaBeds Luxury Lookout Lodges

  • 5-star, luxury hotel suite with panoramic views and an infinity hot tub (with sea views!) 
  • Design-led interiors and luxury touches throughout, all in a breathtaking setting.
  • Mini kitchen with microwave, small electric hob, mini-fridge, kettle, toaster.
  • Private lochside veranda.
  • Cinema style drop down screen.


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