Putting the romance back into relationships after what feels like an age under lockdown restrictions can only be described as Groundhog Day. Saint Valentine is coming to town – and it’s the perfect opportunity to spice things up a little by heading out into the city for a romantic occasion. Whether it’s taking date night to the next level or taking part in a fun event – we’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Glasgow.
1. Take a romantic stroll together
If two years worth of lockdown walks hasn’t put you off, why not head to the great outdoors for a romantic stroll? It’s one of the few free things to do in Glasgow for Valentine’s Day, after all! With a plethora of pretty parks and city walks, not only is it great for mental health purposes, but it’s also a good way to catch up away from your phones, laptops and the TV.
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” Well, at this candlelight concert in Glasgow you can enjoy an evening dedicated to the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Listen to a selection of romantic classical favourites composed by the likes of Tchaikovsky and Puccini, with the beautiful surroundings of Òran Mór bathed in candlelight. You don’t need to know all things classical music to enjoy the evening; simply sit back and savour the stunning pieces you’ll hear. Grab your tickets to this candlelight concert here.
3. Gorge on gorgeous cakes from Three Sisters Bake
If your Valentine is a sucker for a sweet treat they will be showering you with love if you order them this Valentine’s bake box featuring a selection of mouthwatering goodies. Three Sisters Bake has created a Valentine’s postal delivery box (also perfect for those in long-distanced relationships within the UK), which includes a pink perfection of sumptuous sweets like raspberry layer tiffin; salted caramel brownie; Jammy Dodger blondie; ruby chocolate krispie; white chocolate and raspberry ripple rocky road; Rolo choc chip cookie slice; and raspberry fudge. The bakery also offers sweetie treat boxes filled with a range of sweets and baked goods, plus afternoon teas.
Explore the most romantic spots in Glasgow with your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Who needs the Eiffel Tower or gondola rides around Venice when you’ve got the variety of charming locations to be found just a stroll away. Following a professional guide, you’ll be shown the best places to have a date, the most Insta-worthy settings to take some smitten shots together and learn of some historical love stories that unfolded in the streets, buildings and parks of Glasgow. Find tickets here.
Looking for the perfect, romantic activity? Get your pinnys on and tune into a live pastel de nata masterclass, with a special date scheduled especially for Valentine’s Day. The class is hosted by pastry chef João, an expert in Portuguese custard tarts, who’ll be taking participants step-by-step in the process from start to finish. You’ll be able to cook along for the duration, and he’ll be sharing some of his pro tips along the way, too. Get tickets here.
6. Fall crazy in love with Golf Fang’s Valentines experience
Share the love and treat your Valentine to 18 holes of seriously twisted golf at Golf Fang, where not only can players on a range of instantly recognisable themed holes including the Old College Bar but also tuck into delicious drinks and food from Flip and Dip. One of the most ‘Instagrammable’ settings in the city, Golf Fang has also been decorated in traditional Ghetto Golf style, with graffiti, street art and neon lighting ready to light up our social media feeds. And there’s even a ‘Tunnel of Love’ hole. Book your tee off time here.
You might feel obligated to do some sweeping romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day, but sometimes the best things happen inside your four walls. This Fat Big Quiz of Love will especially be a hit if you’ve both got a competitive streak; a virtual interactive game where you can stay home, tune into a live video stream and put your knowledge of the world of love to the test through 10 rounds of interactive questions. The format is inspired by the hit show Big Fat Quiz Of The Year so if you’ve seen that and both found yourself shouting the answers through the screen at Jimmy Carr, then this quiz will be right up your street. Plus, it takes place on February 12, so if it leaves you extra lovestruck you’ll still be able to go out on Valentine’s Day itself.
8. Go on a tasting journey at The Loveable Rogue
The Loveable Rogue has created a menu to delight and fall in love with, which is being served throughout the weekend, between Friday 11th to Monday 14th February. The restaurant on Great Western Road will be serving up a fabulous six-course taster menu with matching wines to enjoy with your special someone. Take a truly Loveable journey, starting with a creamy roast onion velouté, later followed by a tender, juicy Ayrshire pork fillet with a charcuterie sauce, then rounded off with a dark chocolate cremeaux with blackberry and almond. The Glasgow restaurant also offers Valentine’s Day boxes featuring a Chateaubriand steak for you to prepare a romantic meal at home. Book your table here.
Treat your loved one to the ultimate Valentine’s romantic experience with a night away in Edinburgh to enjoy a stunning selection of classical pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and more at St Giles’ Cathedral. Enjoy some of the world’s greatest classical music with timeless works performed by one of the UK’s most sensational concert pianists, Daniel Grimwood. This sensational evening of candlelit music will be one to remember. Grab your tickets here.
If there are two things that Scotland is good at, it’s beautiful lochs and wonderful whiskies. You and your loved one can explore Loch Lomond, a body of water that’s attracted poets and travellers for hundreds of years on this cruise. Learn about the legends of the iconic loch and enjoy stunning views from the village of Luss. And it’s not a celebration without a tipple or two, so you’ll also make a visit to Clydeside Whisky Distillery, where you can learn how pure Highland water is transformed into tasty, honey-coloured whisky. Hop aboard and discover two of Scotland’s national treasures here.
11. Soak up the view of Glasgow with delicious cocktails at Red Sky Bar
Located at the Radisson RED, Red Sky Bar is situated on the top floor of the hotel and boasts amazing views of the Clyde and iconic buildings in the city. You’ll witness the Clydeside shipyards as well as the SEC Armadillo, which is hands down impressive, especially as the sun sets. Add an extensive menu of drinks to choose from, including a selection of wines and some cocktails named after Glasgow locations such as Red Sky, Glas-Vegas Fizz and Clydeside Spritz, and you’ve got quite the memorable Valentine’s Day that’ll likely sweep your date off their feet. Check out some of Glasgow’s ravishing rooftops here.
Sack off the bedroom for the kitchen this Valentine’s, and learn to roll sushi like an absolute pro. Not only will you end up with some pretty delicious grub to enjoy afterwards, but its also the perfect opportunity to do something pretty unique in the comfort of your own home – all guided by your own private sushi master. The class includes a kit delivered beforehand, and you can book in whenever suits for your 1-to-1 lesson. Book here.