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One of the small positives we’ve taken from the past couple of years is that there’s no need to cross the globe to make your honeymoon dreams a reality. The Scottish Highlands are dotted with intimate locations to explore and relax following the excitement of your big day, and the seaside town of Oban, with its connections to the magical isles of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, is a wonderfully romantic choice.

With its glittering island vistas, tranquil nature trails, and enticing dining experiences, Oban and the historic county of Argyll is one of Europe’s best-kept minimoon secrets. Nestled against 17 acres of gardens and pebbly beaches, and just a half hour south of Oban, Loch Melfort Hotel tempts newlyweds to reconnect with Scotland and experience all the joys of a honeymoon, without the troubles of airport check-ins, passport updates, and luggage allowances.

This post covers everything you need to know about minimoons and why Oban is the perfect location for yours …

What is a mini moon honeymoon?

Whilst a honeymoon tends to take lovebirds on a longer adventure, far away from their usual surroundings, a minimoon is often taken over the course of a few nights in their home country. The time affords couples some much-needed respite after their busy wedding festivities, without the extravagant cost of a larger holiday.

For many, the costs of a wedding can add up quickly, and so minimoons are also a great way for newlyweds to celebrate, whilst saving up for their larger honeymoon further down the line.

Why is Scotland good for a honeymoon?

According to Hitched.com’s 21st Century Bride survey, Scotland is the most popular place to minimoon in the UK – and it’s not hard to see why! There’s something for everyone, from nature lovers to city break goers, and its size means that you can be scrambling over ruined castles one day, and dolphin spotting on a RIB the next.

For many wishing to step away from the ‘traditional’ honeymoon destinations and try something a little more unique, this green wonderland is an intoxicating paradise to capture memories and build scrap books.

What to do on a mini moon in Oban?

Scottish cuisine

Oban is famous for its food, building a strong reputation around its sensational seafood scene and offering of alfresco dining options. The harbour is lined with take-away shacks, serving up the catch of the day alongside fresh local produce. And that’s not all! The town is also a stopping point for many of the official Argyll Taste Trails – catering to everyone from sweet-toothed cake lovers to vegan diets and brewery explorers. Our Restaurant is featured in several of their guides.

Highland food

Scottish Whisky

Argyll is home to 14 world-class distilleries, running across what’s known as the ‘Whisky Coast’. Pre-dating Oban town, the Oban Distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland, sourcing the waters from Loch Glenn a’Bhearraidh for its production. We recommend couples take up their Complete Tour and Tastings experience, which explores the full distillery and allows you to enjoy multiple samples (including one straight from an Oban cask). They’ll even send you home with a small surprise gift.

Scottish Wildlife

Oban and the waters of Argyll are an animal lovers dream. Pop down to the gardens of Loch Melfort Hotel for up close introductions with 3 of the Highlands most famous Highland cows, Dougal, Campbell, and McDonald. We can even arrange for you to have your own Highland Cow minimoon photo!

Once your finished giving Dougal a head scratch, hop on one of Oban’s daily nature boat trips to see whales, dolphins, porpoises, and spectacular sea birds. Bring your binoculars and be sure not to forget your camera for this!

Highland Cows at Loch Melfort Hotel

Romantic attractions

To help visitors and minimooners to Oban and Argyll come up with romantic things to do in the area, we compiled a list of the top 10 most romantic things to do in Argyll for couples. The list includes all kinds of things, from fairy bridges and sunset locations, to breath-taking view points and enchanted castles.

Romantic hideaways Scotland

As well as hosting bespoke intimate wedding celebrations, Loch Melfort Hotel invites newlyweds to embrace some peaceful time with views out towards the isles of Mull, Jura and beyond. For those simply looking to stay local, we offer luxury rooms with seas views, log fires and menus with ingredients sourced straight from the nearby shores and our on-site vegetable garden.

Head down to our decking and enjoy freshly caught langoustines, lobster, and Islay scallops against a dreamy coastal backdrop, or retreat to private balcony to sip wine and watch the sunset shoot out a vibrant display or red, oranges, and pinks.

Speak to our team to discuss your minimoon.

Room views Loch Melfort