7 unique Valentine's Day experiences to try this year

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to do something special with your loved one. If you're looking for something a bit different to do this year, we've found some of the best experiences Scotland has to offer.

Published 3rd Feb 2016
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Enjoy a game and craft beer Valentine's dinner, Fife (£35 pp)

Balgrove Larder will be celebrating everything Scottish this Valentine’s Day. Couples will be in for a wild evening filled with local game and matching craft beers. Dishes on the menu include veggie haggis bon bons, rabbit and winter vegetable pie and pigeon chipolatas. All the local game will be accompanied from Balgrove Larder’s garden and served at a candlelit dinner.

Picture: Balgrove Larder
Picture: Balgrove Larder

Take a romantic break at a Scottish Castle, Edinburgh (£169 per couple)

Valentine’s Day is all about doing something special and what could be more special than spending the night in a castle? Melville Castle has been restored and refurbished into a ‘castle hotel’ only 20 minutes from Edinburgh. A nights stay in the castle comes with a three course dinner, chocolates on arrival and full Scottish breakfast and offers the chance to experience Edinburgh’s eclectic mix of historic attractions.

Picture: Melville Castle
Picture: Melville Castle

Explore one of Scotland's distilleries. St Andrews (£10.00 pp)

Put a different spin on a romantic Valentine’s break with a trip to one of Scotland’s distilleries. Situated in picturesque St Andrews, Eden Mill is one of Scotland's - and the UK's - most unique distilleries in that it functions as both a brewery and a gin and whisky distillery. Offering two different tours, one for beer fans (£7.50 pp) and one for gin lovers (£10 pp), both finish with a tasting session and should you fancy taking a little of that Valentines magic home with you then you can always buy a bottle of their fantastic love gin - made using red rose petals, marshmallow root and goji berries.  


And if you have the foresight to plan ahead then Eden Mill offer this delightful Love gin and roses gift set, which comes with a bottle of Love gin, flowers and two tickets for a gin tour, all for only £69.


Dinner and a movie, with a twist. Glasgow (£80 per couple)

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Glasgow’s Grosvenor cinema offers a unique experience for film fans and this Valentine’s is set to be no different. For £80, couples can enjoy a three-course meal and a glass of fizz at their vibrant west-end restaurant, before settling down to a film in its small but spacious cinema with a relaxing glass of wine. With Oscar season approaching, there won’t be any shortage of great films to chose from.

Learn how to make sushi. Aberdeen (£45 pp)

Instead of going out for dinner, why not try your hand at making sushi at Oryza Sushi. Classes teach couples how to gather the correct ingredients and condiments to make a selection of delicious sushi. Roll nigari, maki, temaki and inari sushi before discovering how to expertly cut and present the dishes. After you’ve perfected your sushi making skills, participants are welcomed to take their platter home, along with all the recipes and a sushi making guide. If you want to skip the cooking and go straight for the tasting, a Oryza sake tasting and sushi eating class is also available.


Go on a Highland Safari. Aberfeldy (£80 pp)

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Spend your Valentine’s Day exploring Scotland’s scenery and on the lookout for wildlife including the majestic red deer, mountain hare, grouse or golden eagle with your significant other. As well as taking in the sights and sounds of the rustic Scottish mountains, couples can sip on a dram of Dewars whisky and sample some Kenmore shortbread to top off the perfect Scottish day out - ideal for anyone looking for something more than your average Valentine’s Day love-in.

Take a ride on the Falkirk Wheel. Falkirk (£12.50 pp)

Experience something new in Scotland this Valentine’s with a trip on the Falkirk Wheel. The world’s first and only rotating boat lift sails 35 metres into the air, before soaring over the canal to discover fantastic views. To top off the trip, couples can enjoy a romantic candlelit two course Valentine’s Dinner for just £18.50 at the Wheelhouse.


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