While it’s great to venture to interesting places that are further afield, sometimes you just want to enjoy a weekend away where you don’t have to take time off work or make allowances for endless travel, roadworks, cancellations and traffic jams.
And for couples, a weekend away can provide some all-important alone time away from the pressures of the post-Covid world.
So, here are 10 beautiful boltholes where couples can enjoy a weekend away from it all within 90 minutes of Edinburgh City Centre – from converted double-decker buses to fairytale woodland shacks.
1. Craigduckie Shepherd's Huts
Situated on a family farm near Dunfermline, the Craigduckie Shepherd's Hut offer a rustic but comfortable retreat that couldn't be more different from city life. The two huts are perfect for couples and over look the shimmering Loch Fitty. Book at www.hostunusual.com.
2. The Bus Stop
Nestled on a farm in the glorious East Lothian countryside, the Bus Stop offers a number of converted buses for you too stay in, complete with wood burning stoves, king size beds, vintage furniture, rainfall showers, firepits, private terraces and hot tubs. To book visit www.hostunusual.com.
3. Little Lochan Lodge
Escapes don't come much cuter than the Little Lochan Lodge, in the Perthshire countryside near Gelnfarg, around 50 minutes from Edinburgh. The lodge has lovely loch views and features a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace. Book at www.booking.com.
4. The Secret Cabin
A lovingly-crafted woodland retreat in Seacliff, a less-visited part of the East Lothian coast a few miles from North Berwick, the Secret Cabin only sleeps two, although you may also share it with your dog. Just two minutes from a gorgeous sandy beach, inside the cabin is a bespoke double bed made from driftwood salvaged from the coast, a spacious shower room, fully-equipped kitchen and wood burning stove. It can be booked at www.hostunusual.com.