How to wow your Valentine in Edinburgh

Valentine’s Day. It’s fast approaching but have you got a plan yet for making the day extra special (or Instagrammable)? 

Paris has held the title of romance capital for years but now there’s a challenger to the top spot - Edinburgh. 

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Why not grab a Two Together Railcard and head away for Valentine’s. Enjoy up to a 1/3 off your rail fare and make this a Valentine’s to remember.

Table for two?

There’s no better way to express love than with food. The Witchery is said by many to be the city’s most romantic place to eat. This enchanting Gothic-themed restaurant in a 16th-century merchant’s house can be found atop the Royal Mile next to the castle. The wood-panelled walls scream romance when paired with a delicious selection of Scottish dishes included local oysters, scotch steaks and venison. Book early as it will fill up fast.  The brilliantly named Angels with Bagpipes is top of many diners’ lists, with a diverse menu and classy surroundings. It’s sure to impress. But if you can’t get a table at either of these, there are hundreds of options across the city.

Couple enjoying dinner in Edinburgh

Long romantic walks

If a candle-lit dinner isn’t your thing why not take a nice long romantic wander. With epic scenery and miles of waterways, you can stroll hand in hand for hours talking sweet nothings. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb Arthur’s Seat - the view from the top is worth the effort. Alternatively, the less strenuous walk to the top of Calton Hill is a great spot from which to watch the sunset. Or for an altogether gentler walk, why not enjoy the Water of Leith. This 12 mile route is great for dipping in and out of as it passes through the city. Not that we’d recommend trying out the water in February. Bbrrrr! 

Couple on Calton Hill

All you need is chocolate

No Valentine’s would be complete without chocolates, but why just grab a box of something in the supermarket? Edinburgh has a number of great chocolate shops where you can pick up something really special. Mary’s Milk Bar in the Grassmarket is the perfect spot to pick up some handmade delicacies in some interesting flavours including Earl Grey and the intriguingly titled Peppernut. Or if you want to indulge together, Coco Chocolatier has two locations in the city and regularly holds tasting evenings ideal for a Valentine’s night out. 

A rose by any other name…

Giving your date a bunch of flowers is so last year. How about a day out to look at flowers instead? (You won’t be able to take any home with you, though!). There are some fantastic spots around the city to be at one with nature, but one of the best is the Royal Botanic Garden, where the beautifully landscaped grounds create a romantic backdrop for a day out together. 

Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh

Best foot forward

Looking for something different? Why not surprise your significant other with a dance class - we guarantee they won’t be expecting it. Dancebase in the centre of Edinburgh has a whole host of classes available on Valentine’s Day itself. Channel your inner 80’s dance hero and recreate the iconic moves of Madonna and Michael Jackson. Or grab your sequins as there’s a ballroom class too. Just don’t tread on their toes…

Snuggle on the sofa

Who doesn’t love cuddling up on the sofa and watching a good film? But who says you have to stay at home and it has to be your sofa! The Dominion Cinema feels like you’re stepping back in time, but this beautiful art deco cinema is bang up-to-date. With big comfy leather sofas, a champagne and gin bar, as well as buckets of popcorn, you can have a cosy night ‘in’ with added class.

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Thanks to Visit Scotland for the images.