Mills & Boon reveal the top spots for romance « Taylor Herring

Mills & Boon reveal the top spots for romance

Posted on August 1st, 2018 James in Taylor Herring News.

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The Isle of Skye’s Fairy Pools have been named the most romantic place in the UK, while Grasmere in the Lake District and the city of Bath complete the top three, in a new study celebrating the destinations for passion.

Beautiful views and a touch of luxury are named as the ingredients to spark the right mood for love in a study of 2,000 people commissioned by romance experts Mills & Boon, ahead of the start of the summer holiday season.

The study shows that Brits like to put the roam into romance with almost all Brits (94%) believing a summer holiday is the ideal way to spend some loved-up time with their partner.

A longlist of incredible romantic places was drawn up by a panel of leading travel experts from UK travel, news and magazine publications, including Rough Guides, and was whittled down further in the national poll.

Each one of the top 10 UK places was then celebrated in a specially commissioned Mills & Boon short story set in that location.

The shorts, whose titles include A Scandalous Liaison on Skye and A Passionate Portmeirion Proposal, are released ahead of the great British Summer Holidays.

Waterside locations appear to be common theme as favourites for love with most of the UK top ten places in in close proximity to sea, rivers or waterfalls.

However the five key factors for a romantic location in rank order were beautiful views (identified by 69%), luxury accomodation (55%), warm climate (49%), fabulous restaurants (39%) and amazing walks (33%).  And with the heatwave set to last the summer, Brits will be spoiled for choice in finding a romantic UK getaway.

The full list of the 20 Most Romantic Places in the UK is as follows:

  1. Fairy Pools, Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye, Scotland
  2. Grasmere, Lake District, England
  3. City of Bath
  4. Durdle Door, Dorset
  5. Tresco, Isles of Scilly
  6. Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales
  7. Bourton-on-the-water, the Cotswolds
  8. Porthcurno, The Minack Theatre, Cornwall
  9. Cambridge and the River Cam
  10. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
  11. Windsor Castle, Windsor
  12. Abereiddi’s Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  13. The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  14. Leeds Castle, Kent
  15. Llyn Padarn (Llanberis), Snowdonia, Wales
  16. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
  17. The Falls of Bruar, Perth, Scotland
  18. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland
  19. St Nectan’s Glen, Cornwall
  20. City of Oxford

It’s not just the UK though that specialises in romantic hot-spots, with the Mills & Boon poll also looking at the most romantic global places. Unsurprisingly, locations in France and Italy feature in the Top 20, as well as the Taj Mahal in India and the Seychelles:

Top 20 World’s Most Romantic Places

  1. Paris, France
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. Venice, Italy
  4. Amalfi Coast, Italy
  5. Maui, Hawaii, USA
  6. Bruges, Belgium
  7. Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  8. Kirkjufell, Iceland
  9. Cerf Island, Seychelles
  10. The Gili Islands, Bali, Indonesia
  11. St Petersburg, Russia
  12. Agra and the Taj Mahal, India
  13. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
  14. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  15. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  16. Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
  17. Big Sur, California, USA
  18. San Francisco, USA
  19. Fuji Five Lakes, Japan
  20. Zanzibar, Tanzania

The poll also found that almost half of us (49%) have enjoyed a summer fling. However a mere 22% of these romances have lasted more than 6 months after the summer holiday.

The findings also suggest summer sun can give a timely boost to existing relationships, with 43% saying that their relationship is in a better place following a holiday than before and more than half of us (53%) try to ensure we have at least one romantic escape with a partner a year.

Brits’ most favoured style of romantic holiday is an escape to the countryside (66%), followed by a summer break to a European city (55%) and a beach break (54%), with a summer city break in the UK (36%) rounding off our favoured styles of summer holiday.

Lisa Milton, Mills & Boon Executive Publisher, said: “When it comes to a summer getaway with a loved one, we all want to make it as romantic as possible. Our survey has identified the definitive romantic places in Britain and the world. With all of us looking for any opportunity to bring a little extra romance into our hectic lives, holidays in these places offer the perfect chance to switch off and rediscover romance.  Readers everywhere can find an instant escape with Mills & Boon – and whether you are reading on holiday or at home, our brand new stories will whisk you away to some of the most romantic places in the UK!’

Mills & Boon has celebrated revealing the UK’s Top 10 Romantic Places with specially dedicated short stories to each of the top 10 destinations in the UK, featuring exclusive Mills & Boon cover art and written by local Mills & Boon authors with extensive knowledge of the area.


The new Mills & Boon UK Summer Romance Short Stories are available to download for free at


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