Couples cruising into Edinburgh in search of romance will not be disappointed. If you want to take in some of the sights, soak up the atmosphere and grab a private lunch together, then we've got you covered with this itinerary.
The port in Edinburgh is situated in Leith and well served by public transport, though a taxi will be the fastest way to get into the heart of the city. Most visitors are attracted by the wonderful historical buildings, particularly the castle, which features panoramic views of the city. That makes it the perfect place to start your day.
Edinburgh Castle — Photo courtesy of Stuart Caie
If you plan on exploring inside the castle, then make sure you have a couple of hours to spare. A stroll down the Royal Mile is a romantic way to spend some time, and you’ll be able to take in most of the sights that Scotland’s capital is known for, including Edinburgh Castle at the top, St. Giles Cathedral and Holyrood Palace at the end.
If you want to sample some fine dining and tuck into wonderful, fresh Scottish seafood for lunch, then The Kitchin is a stone’s throw from the port and serves up some of the best food Scotland has to offer. It’s also elegant and relaxed, which makes it ideal for couples keen on gazing into each other’s eyes uninterrupted. Plus, good food and wine are always a great accompaniment to romance.
You’ll find a wide choice of alternative restaurants in The Shore area of Leith near the port, and it’s a great place to dine out.
There’s a limit to what you can do with half a day, so if you want to sample the sights and sounds of the city at your own pace, then head for Princes Street Gardens. This site is really at the heart of the city, situated between the medieval Old Town with its castle and cathedral and the classical Georgian New Town with its wide avenues and grand designs.
In summer, you’ll find street performers and market stalls at The Mound, and in winter there is an ice skating rink on one of the lawns. All year round you’ll be able to sit on a bench and marvel at the castle towering above you and the jumble of old tenements that stretch away down towards Arthur’s Seat.
You can also find spectacular views and get a real sense of the city without heading right through the busy center. Going to the Royal Mile from the port with very little time to spare might not be the best idea, but you could head for Calton Hill at the east end of Princes Street. Climb it to find a collection of interesting monuments and a real picture postcard vantage spot of Edinburgh.
Calton Hill — Photo courtesy of Andrewyuill