Nearly three weeks since the Royal Engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the world is still abuzz, their love story melting hearts and bringing out the romantic in everyone. At any given moment, there’s someone, somewhere thinking about their very own next step and how to make the moment perfect – especially now, with the holiday season in full swing and Valentine’s day around the corner!
Britain has some of the most perfect and unique spots for popping the question, from secluded waterfalls and magnificent mountains to undiscovered experiences and quirky locales.
If you love ADVENTURE…
What: Go above and beyond. Literally.
Where: Ben Nevis, Scotland
Why: Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles at 4,411 feet above sea level. Hike the Scottish Highlands, through the Grampian Mountains of Lochaber. After a gorgeous and challenging 10-mile hike up Mountain Path, relax and enjoy the view from the top with your ally in adventure – then get ready for the romantic adrenaline rush of a lifetime.
If you love LOVE…
What: Explore the origin of a legendary love story.
Where: Anglesey, Wales
Why: Nestled in the southwest corner of Anglesey is Llanddwyn Island, once the home of Saint Dwynwen, the patron saint of Welsh lovers, and one of the most beautiful and most romantic spots in Britain. True romantics will appreciate the legendary love story of Saint Dwynwen, not to mention the island’s scenic surroundings that range from soft sandy beaches and rolling dunes to lush forests and flora – even the picturesque ruins of Saint Dwynwen’s church.
If you love NATURAL BEAUTY…
What: Embrace poetic inspiration.
Where: Lake District, England
Why: The recently-named UNESCO Heritage Site is brimming with natural beauty and offers a variety of secluded destinations where couples can discover somewhere new and special together. Lodore Falls has inspired tourists, lovers and even poet Robert Southey, who was inspired in 1820 to write “The Cataract of Lodore,” detailing the emotional power of his experience simply observing the waterfall. Alternatively, Aira Force has attracted visitors for centuries (with its 70-feet origin point making it seem as if the thundering waterfall is falling from the sky) – a fitting history for the start of your very own forever.
If you love QUIRKY CULTURE…
What: Find your future in a former fortress.
Where: Portsmouth, England
Why: British culture goes well beyond Kings and castles, and No Man’s Fort is proof of that. A truly unique destination just one mile off the coast of Southeast England, the man-made island fort was built in 1880 to protect the seaside town of Portsmouth from enemy forces and later left abandoned in the 1960s. Now, the former military fort in the middle of the sea is home to one of the world’s most unusual 5-star hotels – which saw 56 proposals in its first year of its opening! Quirky and captivating, the top of the lighthouse is ideal for an engagement, with ultimate privacy and uninterrupted views of the horizon. Say yes, then celebrate with a Champagne Sabrage.
If you love HIDDEN GEMS…
What: Discover the unexpected, together.
Where: Orkney Islands, Scotland
Why: When people think of the Northern Lights, they think of far-flung northern countries such as Sweden, Norway and Finland – not Northern Scotland, which actually lies at the same latitude as Stavanger in Norway. Proposing under the Aurora Borealis’ theatrical performance is just a ferry ride away from mainland Scotland. The Orkney Islands are treated to numerous displays of the phenomenon every year, thanks to their Northern location, clear night skies and limited light pollution.
If you love ICONIC EXPERIENCES …
What: Consider an exclusive, sky-high engagement.
Where: London, England
Why: The View From the Shard (pictured) offers breath-taking views of London from 1,016 feet in the sky – and a bespoke experience just for you. Their dedicated concierge will make your proposal unforgettable, from arranging the proper position and timing for sunset views over the city coupled with champagne, candles, rose petals and more.
(Not a fan of heights? At just 443 feet, the London Eye offers your very own Cupid’s Capsule, which comes with champagne, luxury chocolate truffles and complete privacy.)
For more ideas on unique places to propose or quirky wedding venues, visit media.visitbritain.com/us/en.