10 quirky romantic weekend retreats less than 90 minutes from Edinburgh

After months of being forced to stay at home due to coronavirus restrictions we are now free to enjoy exploring Scotland and beyond.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 8:58 am
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 2:15 pm
Some of the amazing weekend escapes for couples within 90 minutes of Edinburgh.

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.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
A unique architect-designed bolthole for two in the Scottish Borders countryside, Rink Hill is designed to perfectly blend in with the surrounding gentle hills and verdant meadows. Huge panoramic windows give amazing views from every part of the property, just an hour from Edinburgh. Inside you can curl up on an L-shaped sofa in front of a roaring log fire and enjoy the welcome hamper of delicious local produce. You can book it at www.hostunusual.com.
Just a stone's throw from Edinburgh, at the end of a winding farm track in the Pentland Hills, Westside Woodshed feels a million miles from city life. The eco-friendly accomodation sleeps two and comes with a hot tub with views of the South Bank Hill, Hare Hill, and the Kips. Inside there's a bright open plan living area with a mezzanine level containing a luxuriously cosy, white linen-dressed king-sized bed, and an indulgent bathroom with underfloor heating. Book at www.hostunusual.com.
Situated on the edge of the Lammermoor Hills near Lauder, just 45 minutes from Edinburgh, Stilt House at Dod Mill offers couples the chance to stay in a treehouse without giving up any creature comforts. With views over a mill pond and the pretty Boondreigh River, the former artist's studio has a sumptious living area, a compact kitchen with wood burning stove, and a super-comfy kingsize bed. Outside there's a seating area and firepit. Book at www.hostunusual.com.
A beautiful rural retreat for two near the banks of the River Tweed and just an hour from Edinburgh, the Folly at Old Melrose is surrounded by soothing woodland. Inside there are plenty of mod-cons, a large stone fireplace, a country-style kitchen and a cozy window nook perfect for watching the local wildlife. There'a also an outside furnished sitting area minutes awaty from the river. Book on www.hostunsual.com.
Located on a farm near Limerigg, half way between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Bumble’s Barn sleeps two and boasts a garden, hot tub and barbecue facilities. Walk around the nearby Black Loch and meet the owners' Irish Wolfhounds and rescue parrots. Book at www.booking.com.
Situated in the pretty Fife village of Ceres, near St Andrews and the East Neuk, the Love Shack is a quaint bolthole for two with its own garden and barbecue. Book at www.booking.com.