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Romantic Things to Do in Edinburgh

Romance reigns in Edinburgh all year round as the city transforms with the seasons. From the golden hues of autumn to the greens that paint the city in summer, the chance to enjoy a romantic trip to Edinburgh is on offer all year round. With a rich history, world-famous architecture and a wealth of romantic spots, restaurants and hotels, there’s no better place to reconnect on a romantic date night or day trip than Edinburgh. 

We’ve put together our favourite ways to enjoy the city on a romantic day together to help you make the most of your visit. 

Arthur's Seat Hike

Take a hike up Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Lace up your boots, grab a flask, and head up the iconic peak, located just minutes from the city centre. The trail is well signposted and, although not a challenging hike, the views from the top are unparalleled. With views of the city and beyond stretching out across the horizon, soak up the vistas together from the shadow of Arthur’s Seat. 

The Royal Mile at Night

Explore The Royal Mile in the evening when it's beautifully lit up. The quiet and mystical atmosphere adds a touch of magic to the experience as you enjoy a stroll, hand-in-hand, through the streets. Together, explore quiet nooks and historic closes when the streets are less busy, giving you the chance to spend some quality time together in the capital. 

The Water of Leith Walkway

Stroll along the Water of Leith Walkway, a peaceful riverside path that winds through the heart of the city, offering a tranquil escape. Along the way, discover romantic bridges, hidden gems and beautiful views to admire together. For the perfect day, grab a coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy your water-side stroll in the city. 

Calton Hill Sunrise

Rise early and head out to catch the sunrise from Calton Hill for a romantic start to the day. The view of the city waking up is simply enchanting as daylight sweeps across the skyline of Edinburgh, smearing the city in shades of orange and pink. This spot has become a famous viewpoint for seeing stunning views across Edinburgh. 

Royal Botanic Garden

Spend a relaxing day at the Royal Botanic Garden, wandering through its various themed gardens and enjoying the serenity together. Visiting the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is not only an educational experience but also a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature in a peaceful and well-curated setting. For those on a budget, this is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, as the admission is free. 

Scottish Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile offers guided tours and tastings, providing a romantic and educational experience and a great day out - a memory you can both cherish forever. Experience the five-star activity and learn all about Scotch Whisky over the past 30 years. Prices start from £23. 

Visit Prestonfield House

Quietly nestled, with Arthur’s Seat at their back, Prestonfield House is only a ten-minute car ride from Princes Street and offers a haven of tranquillity and romance in Edinburgh. Dine by candlelight in the decadent and luxurious Rhubarb restaurant, or spend the night in one of their opulent rooms or unique suites for an unforgettable stay, steeped in romance.

With a rich history and a reputation for delivering elegance and excellence, Prestonfield promises a romantic visit for any couple.  

St. Giles' Cathedral

Attend a classical music concert or service at St. Giles' Cathedral. The stunning architecture and soul-stirring music create a romantic ambience, perfect for any couple looking to cosy up and enjoy all the rich culture that the city has to offer. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap in any of the ambient bars and restaurants that surround the beautiful cathedral. You can find details of upcoming events and performances on their website. 

Climb the Scott Monument

Built in the 19th century, the Scott Monument stands as a testament to Edinburgh's rich literary and cultural history. The monument's association with Sir Walter Scott adds a layer of cultural significance, making the climb not just a journey for scenic views but also a connection to Scotland's past.

Climbing the Scott Monument on Princes Street in Edinburgh is a captivating experience that offers panoramic views of the city, creating a memorable and magical adventure, especially at dusk when the city begins to glow. There is a small admission fee for entering the monument. 

Visit The Witchery - Edinburgh’s Most Romantic Hotel

Join us for dinner or a romantic stay at  The Witchery. Awarded the AA’s Best Restaurant with Rooms Scotland, there is no better place to reconnect than our iconic, candlelit dining rooms. The exterior exudes an old-world charm, and once inside, you’ll be transported to a realm of opulence and history, creating a perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening for two. 

Enhance your meal with a carefully curated selection of wines. Our extensive wine list offers a variety of choices to complement your chosen dishes, allowing you to indulge in a magical experience as you raise a glass to togetherness.