With the extra day this year, tradition says that women can take destiny into their own hands and propose to their partner. If you are planning to pop the big question this leap year, have a look at these 5 destinations where you could get down on that knee. Of course, ladies, you can propose all year round, it is the 21st century after all.
The Big Smoke City Break
London doesn’t have to be a frenetic nightmare. Proposing here has many options. The London Eye has become a very popular place, overlooking the city toasting with a glass of bubbly. You can even hire the walkway on Tower bridge. But we had a look at the Sky Garden, which is London’s highest public garden, showing off 3 storeys of exquisite landscaped gardens with breathtaking views across the city. There are 2 bars and 2 restaurants to choose from for refreshments, especially if you need to wet your palette before and after! It would be advisable to book a ticket to guarantee entry here but amongst the hubbub of city life, you can retreat to this exciting space.
Pick a mountain! Wrap up and get those hiking boots on, then surprise your partner at the summit. There are the 3 of Britain’s highest peaks to choose from, being Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon. If you are willing to get out there, why not camp the night before. Or even just book into a lovely B&B, and enjoy the great outdoors to its fullest.
Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeenshire could appeal to the old romantic. This medieval castle, where Scotland hid her Crown Jewels from the grasping hands of Oliver Cromwell, has epic views across the wild North Sea. Perched upon steep cliffs above the crashing sea on 3 sides, it is one of Scotland’s most famous and iconic places which would truly be a memorable location for such a declaration of love. Don’t let the ruggedness and remote location put you off, there are several hotels and other places to stay within a few miles of the castle.
We thought of locations such as Paris’ Eiffel Tower, or while in a gondola on Venice’s Grand Canal but we settled on the Belfry of Bruges. The Belfry itself houses a carillon of 47 melodious bells and if you are willing to climb the 366 steps to the top – the same as the number of days in a Leap Year – then you will be well rewarded with panoramic views of Bruges, its canals, narrow streets and grand square.
Of course, we’ve left the best for last. If, when you think of proposing, you picture yourself doing so on a white sandy beach beside a crystal clear sea, then this one is for you. Imagine a romantic walk, strolling past sparkling bays and exploring the ruins of forts before walking along the whitest, finest sand you’ve had between your toes then you’re picturing our final proposal spot – Pentle Bay, Tresco, Isles of Scilly. This really is beautiful with views over the water to St Martins, Tean and a score of other tiny islets. Even in the busy tourist times you can quite easily find yourself alone on the beach or dunes. Okay, it may not be the warmest in February, but for the picturesque location choose the Scillies.
The most important thing to do is enjoy yourself, and don’t forget the ring!