I’ve long since given up on the idea of my heart being the target for Cupid’s arrow.
In fact, the only significance about February 14 is that it was my darling Granny’s birthday and she always told us never to buy her flowers on the day in case we got ripped off.
Maybe my lack of romance stems from her pragmatic nature or maybe I’m still scarred from all the years at school when I never got a Valentine card, and all the other girls ran about brandishing their haul in the playground. Taking Gran’s birthday out of the equation, I’ve always dreaded the day for its amorous significance. What a load of old…
However, just because I’m not very lovey-dovey, doesn’t mean everyone else has to be as indifferent about the most romantic day of the year.
If you’re thinking about things to do or places you can go on Valentine’s Day with your other half, I’ve put together some nice suggestions for you. I’ll be spending the day alone at my desk but I’m happy to have done the spade work for you.
Lots of people with big romantic plans might be heading to the lovers’ hot-spots of Paris or Venice but if you fancy staying a bit closer to home then worry not. Scotland has some delightful little corners, and our very own Angus County has more than its fair share of them.
If you’re heading out on a first date, it can be tricky to choose somewhere appropriate. Somewhere neutral and public is always a good bet if you don't know the person that well. Apart from the safety aspect, visiting a cultural attraction together might be nice to find out a bit more about the area – and each other.
Angus has plenty of good museums and galleries you could visit. If you want to take the date to new heights, maybe go to Arbroath’s Signal Tower Museum or, if Dutch courage is what you need, why not book onto one of the fun tasting sessions at the Gin Bothy www.ginbothy.co.uk (please drink responsibly!)
Sometimes simply a stroll hand in hand with your other half is enough to put you in a good mood and nice places to go walking are in abundance around these parts.
If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at https://visitangus.com/theangustour/ which will help you plan some lovely walks and activities around the cracking places that are on your doorstep.
The golden sands of Montrose Beach stretch for three miles from Montrose to the North Esk River, with stunning views south to Scurdieness Lighthouse that you can often get to yourself. If you’re thinking of popping the question this could be the perfect location for a surprise proposal. Just watch you don't drop the ring in the sand!
Or if you want to have some amazing scenery as the backdrop to your romantic day out, why not walk the Cliff Top Trail in Arbroath and experience miles of fresh air and natural beauty dotted with sea caves, secret coves, impressive blowholes, breath-taking cliffs, and secluded beaches. Even if it’s a cold day, you can still stop for a wee cuddle.
If all that exercise and bracing air has worked up an appetite, you could add on a cosy dinner at the end of your journey.
There are some superb eateries in the area and two of our guest chef columnists have lovely restaurants in Angus. If you’re not already familiar with them, Valentine’s Day could be an ideal chance to try them out.
First up is Gordon’s Restaurant in Inverkeilor where you will find award-winning chef, Garry Watson. Top drawer quality food aside, you won’t have to end your night by driving home.
Gordon’s Restaurant with Rooms can accommodate you with a romantic sleepover. What could be better than a cosy dinner à deux and then falling into bed without having to faff about with taxis. www.gordonsrestaurant.co.uk
Alternatively, head over to Broughty Ferry for a delicious slap-up meal cooked by the talented Adam Newth at The Tayberry. www.thetayberry.co.uk
After all, they say the way to someone’s heart is through the stomach and both of these amazing chefs will be sure to dish up something very special for you and your sweetheart.
It’s not about the lavish bouquets of flowers or pricey gifts you receive on Valentines Day.
It’s about spending time with your other half and appreciating each other and enjoying the beauty that’s around us in the places we live.
However, unless Cupid has my office in his Sat Nav, I’ll be at the table for one – raising a glass to my wee Gran.