Flowers are a cliche and chocolates just don’t say it. These do.

1 Outdoor lovin’ Take a drive to the west coast and check out some of the most stunning and secluded beaches that Scotland has on offer. The Bay at the Back of the Ocean on Iona comes highly recommended. Likewise. the romantically titled Hushinish Bay on the Isle of Harris. Check out wwwromantic -scotland.com for details.

2 High flying Surprise yOur partner with a breathtaking hot air balloon ride above the beautiful Lothian countrySide. Call 0131 667 4261 or email info@albaballooning.co.uk. Alternatively. you and yOur partner can roll down a hill together in a giant PVC ball at up to 30mph courtesy of new phenomenon, sphering. Up close and personal and a snip at $80. Visit wwwredletterdays .co.uk or call 0870 444 9000 for a free brochure.

3 Animal attraction Sink y0ur teeth into romance as you and your other half dive with the sharks at Deep Sea Underworld in Nonh Queensferry for 9100. Details on 01383 411880.

4 Get steamy Get down. dirty and steamy at Oshi Spa in Langs. Glasgow (0141 333 1500) or One Spa at the Sheraton Hotel. Edinburgh (0131 221 6400). The latter offers a special half-day package from £95 per couple. Alternatively. pamper your girlfriend courtesy of Pout at Harvey Nichols. Luxurious Hand Jobs (manicure with hand soak) start at £24 and a Quickie (30min beauty fix) will cost you $30. Then gently remind said girlfriend that true love is about reciprocation. A present for all. 5 Love on the hop Re-invent the cliched notion of Paris. Forget the Eiffel Tower and go see a show at the Moulin Rouge or play bOules in the Tuilleries Gardens. Then finish off the evening with a night at the Hex. STA has great deals. including accommodation. from $86. Check out www.statravel.co.uk or ring 0870 160 6070. See listings for more travel information. (Anna Millar)

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