February is the month for celebrating love, and there’s a lot of love to enjoy in the Scottish capital
With Valentine’s Day as the jewel in its crown, February is definitely the month of love. And if you’re looking for a memorable way to spend the most romantic night of the year, then look no further than Edinburgh. Here are 7 Edinburgh highlights to fall in love with.
The Filmhouse is no ordinary cinema. This independent picture house has been a staple part of Edinburgh’s cultural heritage for the last three decades, and offers showings of many otherwise under-the-radar films including world cinema and genre films as well as a selection of new releases.
There are three screens in the Filmhouse, which also acts as one of the main venues for the annual International Film Festival. Because of its bohemian boutique feel, the Filmhouse is a great way to spruce up a classic cinema date.
Since 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse has stood as one of the true icons of Edinburgh. It served as the main residence of Scotland’s kings and queens from the 15th century onwards, and it is still the Queen’s official residence when she visits the Scottish capital.
From its lavish rooms and grounds to its fascinating history surrounding Mary, Queen of Scots, there is plenty to discover at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Plus, what’s more romantic than champagne afternoon teas in the courtyard?
Located on the outskirts of Edinburgh in Portobello, this beach features a delightful café, an amusement park and a promenade as well as the beautifully maintained beach itself. From picnickers to sun worshippers, Portobello beach is popular with tourists and Edinburgh natives alike. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a romantic stroll as you take in the shifting horizon.
Chocolate is one of those Valentine’s Day staples, so why not put a new spin on this classic by enjoying making and tasting your own chocolate creations. There’s a range of flavour possibilities to choose from, including spices, fruits and peppers. You’ll also find a wide range of great sweet treats and gift ideas.
Located on the Water of Leith, St Bernard’s Well is serene hidden gem that, back in the day, was rumoured to hold healing properties within the natural spring that joins the Water of Leith. The classical-inspired temple at the well has stood since 1788, when it was commissioned by Lord Garenstone, and depicts the Greek goddess and health: Hygieia.
As such a naturally romantic spot, it’s no surprise to learn that St Bernard’s Well often acts as the backdrop to many Edinburgh proposals.
Not only does Camera Obscura let you enjoy stunning views of the city from Castle Hill, but it also houses one of the city’s most intriguing attractions. Inside, you’ll find distorting rooms with mind-boggling illusions and images that are sure to both entertain and entrance, like stepping inside a giant kaleidoscope.
With visual illusions and tricks of the light galore, this is a magical attraction designed to delight. Plus you can take a breather on the perfectly located rooftop terrace.
Comprised of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, the Royal Observatory Library and the Royal Observatory Visitor Centre, this working observatory is both educational and magical. There are talks and lectures held by experts and a quaint gift shop with fun mementos, but the real joy of the Royal Observatory is the view it offers of the night sky.
You can book a place at one of the observatory’s Astronomy Evenings to get a one-of-a-kind look of the stars. You won’t find a more romantic view in all of Scotland.
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