An uber luxury retreat with steaming hot tub in Royal Deeside and a ridiculously romantic Shepherds hut on the wild shores of Loch Scresort, Isle of Rum.

An uber luxury retreat with steaming hot tub in Royal Deeside and a ridiculously romantic Shepherds hut on the wild shores of Loch Scresort, Isle of Rum.

12/03/2019

Loved up couples won't want to leave this uber - smart bolthole for two. If you can tear yourself from the luxuries and comforts within, there are historic castles to explore, instagrammable sunsets set against the Highland hills and beautifully romantic walks to discover together from your base at The Invergarry, Aboyne. If raw natural beauty and deserted island beaches are calling you look no further than this ridiculously romantic new addition to the Isle of Rum that is Bramble Bothy Shepherds Hut down by the shores of Loch Scresort.

The Invergarry, Aboyne

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Uber stylish highland hideaway for couples, with a delicious outdoor hot tub - perfect for stargazing under crisp clear nights.

Originally a gardener's cottage this contemoporary highland hideaway has received a super stylish makeover and offers a gorgeously grown-up designer getaway for couples looking for together time. Floor to ceiling bi-fold glass doors reveal a romantic double bedroom with your own personal spa styled en-suite shower room. Relax in the designated chill out zone / lounge area with large plasma TV, beautiful oak floorboards, 4G, wifi and hi-tech gadgets throughout. The bathroom is in a contemporary design with a free standing bath sized for one with exclusive champagne table. Amtico flooring and mood lighting for the perfect ambience.

Solid granite worktops in your contemporary styled kitchen creates a cook's paradise with induction hob, Neff appliances and all the gadgets and gizmos you could possibly need with access to a tumble drier and ipod docking station on request.

Designed to make maximum use of light and allow the outside in, the patio doors open out onto your own private patio. Perfect for nightcaps under the stars or breakfast al fresco for two. The large outdoor hot tub is framed by a Siberian larch modesty fence offering total privacy for two where you can relax and let yourselves enjoy the sanctuary that is Invergarry.

The entire region is a hill walker's paradise. There are 24 Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet) which can be easily accessed from Deeside including Ben Macdui. Walk the Deeside Way a long distance (66km) trail following the line of the old Deeside Railway line from the heart of Aberdeen to Ballater. In Aboyne there is a side trail from the Deeside Way called the Tarland Way which is a 10km route from Aboyne to Tarland.

Bramble Bothy, Shepherds Hut

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A wildly romantic west coast shepherd's hut tucked on the Isle of Rum at the head of Loch Scresort; perfect for a romantic off grid escape where you can get close to nature feel the wind in your hair and gently soothe your soul.

Commanding fantastic views out across the bay to Skye and the mountains beyond, your shepherds hut couldn't be better located for exploring the island and learning about its fascinating history. Your hut has its own internal bathroom and shower with modern compost loo. A comfortable double sized box bed with crisp modern linen awaits you.  Relax in a comfy armchair and light the wood burning stove for a romantic evening in or sit under the night sky where you might be lucky and catch a glimpse of the Northern Dancers, a highland show of the aurora borealis.

Visit the craft shop situated close to your abode, where you can purchase a variety of handmade items including artisan marmalade, Rum bloodstone jewellery and more Rum crafts. The wildlife on Rum is exceptional and you won't go far without meeting highland cows, wild Billy goats, Rum highland ponies that wander the island, red deer, otters and sea eagles as well as countless other varieties of birdlife. Up to 25% of the world's Manx sheerwater population are on Rum.

Things to look out for include the distinguishable peak Hallival which makes the beginning of the infamous Rum Cuillin ridge walk which takes in the corbets of Askival and Ainshval. Coastal low and high level walking abounds the island. Rum is the largest of the Small Isles (Muck and Eigg are the other two) on the west coast of Scotland and has a population of under 30.  Kinloch is the only settlement on the island and home to Kinloch Castle, built by Sir George Bullough a Lancastrian Industrialist. The castle was completed in 1900, took three years to build and cost in today's money £15 million, though the labour costs today would be much greater. The stone was imported from Arran and the gardens are rooted in 250,000 tons of Ayrshire topsoil.

The sandy beaches of Kilmory in the north are stunning and Autumnwatch has immortalised the area with its footage of the Deer Rut. Studies of the Red Deer on Rum have been going on since 1953 which makes it one of the longest scientific studies on mammals in the world. Take the track to Harris and view the Greek styled Bullough mausoleum. The old mausoleum can be seen in a bank a few hundred meters to the west. A flippant comment by a visitor to Sir George Bullough, likening his colourful tiled mausoleum to a Victorian loo, incensed him and he blew it up making way for the more classically styled one that stands today. Rum has a charm of yesteryear, sprinkled with Norse words, stunning scenery and a vibrant welcoming community.

Your romantic off grid hideaway for two couldn't be more insanely beautiful and wildly remote - you simply won't want to leave.

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