Many visitors to Edinburgh are swept away by the romance of the historical setting and the many fascinating tales that go along with it. The city is host to thousands and thousands of visitors every year and it caters to groups, families, and couples. In this itinerary, we are concerned with the latter. When you go on vacation with your partner you don’t always want to be caught up in the hustle and bustle. You want to find the romantic Edinburgh spots that afford you quality couple time.
Holyrood Palace — Photo courtesy of Lyn Gateley
No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a walk down the Royal Mile, but it does get very busy. At the bottom of the road, you’ll find a truly romantic setting in the shape of Holyrood Palace. It dates back to the 16th century when it was constructed at the behest of James IV. The building itself is beautiful and surrounded by gardens, which are themselves surrounded by Holyrood Park, with the dramatic crags and Arthur’s seat in the background.
If you want some relative peace and quiet then head for the Royal Botanic Gardens, which is about a mile north of the city center. There are all sorts of beautifully landscaped plants and flowers here and it’s a wonderful place for a gentle stroll. You’ll also find some incredible views of the city. If it’s a warm day, take a picnic, spread a blanket on the lawn near the Terrace Café, or find a quite spot in the Rock Garden, and you can while away the hours contentedly.
If you want to round your day off with a truly memorable meal, then you should book a table at Castle Terrace. This Michelin-starred restaurant is a little bit special, serving up amazing Scottish produce in a French style. You’ll enjoy a delicious and inventive meal in the shadow of the castle and then walk up the hill to the Royal Mile and down towards the Grassmarket for a drink, or to dance the night away.
The best time to visit is during the festival in the summer. You’ll be spoilt for choice if you want to take in a show, or you can head to the Pleasance Courtyard or Bristo Square to sit outside for a drink and soak up the amazing atmosphere. If you prefer it quiet, then wandering through the city in the winter months can be a lot of fun, provided you wrap up warmly, and you’ll appreciate a wee dram in a cozy pub. It’s a naturally romantic city.