Lake Louise, Canada
Loved-up couples and majestic scenery go together like wine and cheese, so if you’re looking for a winter wonderland to share with your beloved, point your ski poles towards Canada’s Lake Louise. Set within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Banff National Park, the alpine landscape is absolutely breathtaking, the runs are top-notch and the romance factor is high.
Yes, there’s plenty of snowboard and ski action to get your heart racing, but you’ll also find a wealth of fun activities that are best experienced with a plus-one – like sleigh riding, ice skating on Lake Louise and soaking in the Banff Hot Springs.
Of course, you’ll need the perfect nest, too. The Fairmont Chateau, a luxury resort dating back to 1890, is easily the most romantic spot in town, but you’ll also find cosy accommodation at Deer Lodge (hello, rooftop hot tub!) and The Post Hotel and Spa, too.
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Working anti-clockwise, the various Forth Bridges are well seen, the Lomonds are bold, behind Linlithgow are the Cleish Hills, then comes the long horizon of the Ochils. The big, high chimney is that of the Longannet Power Station. Grangemouth is a jungle of chimneys and cooling towers, and beyond is the Kincardine Bridge. (The dusk view when all these areas are lit up is quite spectacular.) Running away to the west are the Campsie Fells, while real Highland hills can also be seen: Ben Vorlich, Ben Ledi, Ben More (by Crianlarich), Ben Venue, Ben Lomond. Both Stirling and Edinburgh Castle can be seen. In the Companion days Falkirk’s ‘celebrated foundry of Carron’ was ‘distinguished by thick clouds of smoke’ while the masts of the shipping indicated Grangemouth. Nearer, below you to the south-west, is the obvious Lochcote Reservoir. Not so obvious, but between it and craggy Bowden Hill to the west, lies a flat area which was a loch until drained last century, when a crannog was discovered. Just to be different, Beecraigs Loch is man-made, built by prisoners of war during World War I.
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