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Whether you’ve only just started dating or you’ve been happily married for years, it’s important not to let the romance die. The easiest way to make sure this doesn’t happen? By making time for regular dates, just the two of you, so you can spend some quality time together. If you’re looking for inspiration, keep reading: we’ve pulled together a guide to the most romantic things to do in Edinburgh, to suit all tastes, budgets and seasons.
If you’re looking for somewhere for an intimate evening meal for two, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. The city is home to numerous restaurants with cosy corners, dimmed lighting, discreet service and beautiful food: a winning combination. From the casual vibes of Forage & Chatter to the atmospheric cellar space that is Purslane, our round-up will help you choose the venue that’s right for you.
Stargazing is a pretty traditional romantic activity - and it’s one that you can enjoy at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Their Public Astronomy Evenings run all year round - book in for the chance to admire the Moon, stars, planets and nebulae both through telescopes and with the naked eye. There’s a maximum of 10 people in each session, making for an intimate feel - bring a flask of hot chocolate and cuddle up together to see what you can spot.
Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ
Coco Chocolate is a resident of the Summerhall arts complex, and it’s here where, on the first Saturday of each month (except December), you can book in for a full day chocolate making class. Each class is limited to just 10 people, and you’ll learn how to temper chocolate, make moulded and filled chocolates, and infuse chocolate with various flavours. It’s an amazing experience where you’ll both learn a new skill and having fun doing so - and you’ll get to take your tasty creations home to enjoy with a glass of fizz later on.
Coco Chocolate Kitchen, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
From the architecture of central Edinburgh to the city’s leafy suburbs, the Union Canal meanders through an ever-changing landscape. With Re-Union Canal Boats, you can step away from the city’s streets and see Edinburgh by water on the Lochrin Belle, enjoying afternoon tea while you do. It’s a great way to explore the city from a different angle - and the food’s an added attraction.
Re-Union Canal Boats, 15 Valleyfield Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LP
There’s something indulgent about enjoying an overnight stay in your home city...and The Witchery doesn’t disappoint. In our eyes, it’s the most romantic hotel accommodation in Edinburgh, with nine adult-only suites swathed in rich, soft furnishings, some with four-poster beds and rolltop baths, and all designed with romance in mind. Our favourite suite is The Heriot with its Gothic style: stone turret stairs lead up to the suite with its velvet-draped four-poster bed, gold velvet furnishings, and a sumptuous bathroom that resembles a Gothic chapel.
The Witchery, 352 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
If you’re feeling energetic and want great views of the city, head to Princes Street Gardens where you’ll be able to climb The Scott Monument, commemorating Sir Walter Scott. This huge Gothic monument is over 200 feet high, and to reach the highest viewing platform, you’ll need to climb 287 steps. It’s steep and narrow, but well worth the effort - it’s especially romantic at dusk when the city is all lit up for you to admire.
The Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 2EJ
Arthur’s Seat is the highest point of Holyrood Park, just a short walk from the Royal Mile. It’s a steep climb, but you’ll be rewarded with views across Edinburgh and the sea - take a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy the views over a leisurely lunch for two. It’s definitely worth reading up on the site’s history before you visit too, so you can regale your loved one with stories of how the rock is supposedly a sleeping dragon, of how mini coffins were found in the cliff-side in 1836, and of how young women would wash their face in the dew on Arthur’s Seat on May Day to keep them looking young and beautiful.
Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Queens Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG
What better way to relax and unwind as a couple than with a luxury spa day? While there are plenty of options across the city, our favourite is the spa at The Balmoral Hotel: with a pool, sauna, steam room, gym, exercise studio, relaxation room and five treatment rooms, you can enjoy your day however you want. They offer a range of packages, and we love the champagne afternoon tea option: a choice of treatment, afternoon tea and full use of the spa facilities - bliss!
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
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