Things to do | Posted 13 Feb 2019

Plan your perfect couples’ getaway to the Scottish Capital with our top ideas for romantic things to do in Edinburgh.

Take a walk and enjoy the views

There are plenty of parks and gardens where you can enjoy a romantic stroll in Edinburgh. Holyrood Park’s mini lochs, gorse bushes and steep pathways to the top of Arthur’s Seat let you enjoy Scottish scenery from above. On a rainy day, climb the gothic Scott Monument to enjoy incredible views of Edinburgh from a dryer viewpoint.

Indulge your sweet tooth

Share a sundae with your sweetheart or warm up with a Hot Chocolate float at Mary’s Milk Bar. Trained in Bologna, Mary mixes up fresh, unique flavours of gelato every day to serve in her cosy and retro milk bar. At our Edinburgh Boutique Hotel, you can walk to Mary’s in under 10 minutes, which is perfect on a hot day!

Share a local tipple

While typically known for whiskey, Edinburgh also has a rich heritage of gin making. Discover how Edinburgh Gin create their innovative, award-winning gins and liquors on a tour of their Westend Distillery that concludes with a refreshing and delicious taster.

Get starry eyed

As a working observatory, the Royal Observatory Edinburgh combines A-listed, Victorian buildings with cutting edge scientific research. Book onto one of their Public Astronomy evenings to tour the buildings, hear more about the work they do and find your own love story in the stars.

Scare each other senseless

The history of Edinburgh is fascinating, and you can experience it first hand with the Mercat walking tours. If you’re looking for an excuse to hold your date extra close, their night-time Ghost Tours are so ghastly that kids aren’t allowed.

Get a little European

Give your Edinburgh trip a twist and evoke Paris, the city of love, at La Barantine. Serving breakfast and lunch food with authentic French flair, the patisserie is also packed with artisan cakes and romantic macarons for you to share.

Enjoy the ice

You might not be planning a diamond fuelled proposal, but everyone can enjoy the ice at Mu2019-02-13rrayfield Ice Rink. Strap on your skates and hold hands as you glide around the rink. If you’re feeling confident, try the Disco skating sessions which feature a resident DJ and reduced lighting.

Snuggle up for a show

The Dominion Cinema provides the most romantic and luxurious cinema experience in Edinburgh, combining retro décor with modern service and comfort. Book First Class for reclining leather sofas where you can snuggle up with your sweetheart and take advantage of table service snacks and drinks.

Take the opportunity to relax

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and fully unwind at the One Spa in Conference Square. With a rooftop hydropool, a thermal suite and an impressive selection of heat, salt and water spa treatments, you can enjoy relaxing together before returning to our nearby Royal Haymarket Hotel.

Connect over candlelight

Described as ‘the ultimate romantic bolthole’ by The Guardian, The Witchery can be found in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The decadent and atmospheric restaurant serves a menu inspired by Scotland’s finest seasonal produce in the light cast by dozens of antique candleholders. If your trip goes particularly well, the ancient oak panelling and tapestry décor make it a fantastically unique choice for an Edinburgh wedding venue as well.


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