With Valentine’s Day 2017 swiftly approaching, the pressure of finding the perfect gift or planning the most magnificent day for that special someone in your life is officially on. While time may indeed be running out, there’s no shortage of romantic things to do right here in Edinburgh.
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There’s no need to keep your Valentine’s celebrations indoors this year. Even if there’s still a wee nip in the air, just fling on a scarf, link arms and head for the outdoors. While many of Europe’s capital cities are glorified urban jungles, Edinburgh has access to a diverse selection of romantic walks and unrivalled views. Take the scenic route by exploring the city’s green spaces (Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill, Royal Botanical Gardens, The Meadows), stunning architecture (Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile) and even something a bit more beige (Portobello Beach).
As a capital city known for its history and mystery, Edinburgh ticks all the boxes for a romantic and interesting break. Edinburgh oozes culture from every angle and many of its finest qualities can be enough to spark a little romance.
Why not take in a view with a difference by climbing the 287 steps of the Scott Monument at sunset. As the city lights take over from the sun’s rays, that tiring climb will be more than worth it as you share a lofty embrace with your loved one.
Or if you prefer to wait until darkness falls, why not try an evening at the Royal Observatory. Every Friday night the astronomy evenings give stargazers a chance to get that little closer to the rest of the galaxy and understand some of the mysteries of the cosmos.
As the very first UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh is also a paradise for book-lovers. Not only are there some great bookshops like Armchair Books, Elvis Shakespeare, Analogue Books and Old Town Bookshop, there are also plenty of pilgrimage spots for fans of authors who have been inspired by the city. Whether it’s fans of One Day climbing Arthur’s Seat, Harry Potter lovers daydreaming about the origins of Hogwarts at Edinburgh Castle, or even Miss Jean Brodie aficionado’s touring Greyfriars Kirkyard, there’s no better way for a couple to bond over their favourite works than to wander the streets of Edinburgh.
Looking to mix things up still further? Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, the National Museum of Scotland and The Stand Comedy Club are all places that you can visit with a loved one to make you feel alive on the 14th February.
If you are planning to dine out to celebrate your time together as a couple this Valentine’s Day then eating at one of Edinburgh’s most romantic restaurants is certainly recommended. Seafood fans will love The Witchery by the Castle in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Situated in a boutique, gothic hotel, The Witchery is a fine dining restaurant with a global reputation, and as well as a fantastic menu, its low lighting is the perfect way to reinforce that romantic atmosphere.
Number One at The Balmoral is another restaurant where you can well and truly spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day, and with 6- and 8-course tasting menus on offer nothing will say “I love you” more than their indulgent food.
Vegetarians and vegans needn’t dine at home this Valentine’s Day either, David Bann is a first class vegetarian friendly restaurant that also offers plenty of choice for vegans.
Want something a little less formal and a little more naughty? Head to Mary’s Milk Bar on the Grassmarket for some tasty gelato – we strongly recommend the rose and dark chocolate.
Whatever you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, there’s nothing quite like returning home to the warmth of a cosy and luxurious apartment like those we offer at Quartermile. If you’re ready to make a move this year, why not arrange a viewing today by calling 0845 000 2525.