our wedding day has ended, but it’s just the beginning of an amazing journey together. Maybe you have time constraints and can’t go on a full honeymoon just yet. Well, the good news is, there is always the mini moon.
On a dreamy long weekend break in Scotland, you can combine self-guided walking in the ancient land of Assynt in Scotland’s Highlands with Michelin-starred cuisine. Assynt is a remote and sparsely populated area, with few roads dissecting the mountains as they stand out, rugged and isolated, rising steeply from a loch-strewn landscape. Because of its exceptional beauty, it was the first part of the UK to be designated a Unesco Geopark. The coastline has sandy beaches — Sandwood being the best — cliffs, caves, waterfalls, sea-stacks and islands, boat trips, wildlife watching and visiting historical sites can all be squeezed into the trip – if you have the inclination. Stay in the small, charming Albannach Hotel, where you can dine on fresh local fish and fine wine, while admiring the views across the walled garden to the sea loch and mountains beyond.
Packages for the Assynt Escape start from £699 per person, for two sharing, including three nights’ half-board and five-course dinners, detailed local notes, walking routes and maps. www.wildernessscotland.com 01479 420020 Cornwall is the eternal favourite for a minibreak and the town of St Ives has lovely coastal walking paths, cobbled streets and galleries – a picture of romance, with the cultural bonus of The Tate and the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
Stay at the Black Moon, a one-bedroom property whose living room features large floor-to-ceiling glass doors that give views over St Ives bay towards Gwithian lighthouse. The ocean is so close that at high tide it crashes against the side of the house. The living room also has a glass floor that looks down into a private cave area.
The Wow House Company offers a threenight self-catering stay from £182 per person, based on two sharing. www.thewowhousecompany.com