Five romantic things to do in Edinburgh on a date

Carla Taylor / 27 June 2014

Centuries of history meet a vibrant and cosmopolitan city to make arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Here are five things to do in Edinburgh on a date.

Stargaze at the Royal Observatory

Look up in wonder at the night sky and try and spot fascinating constellations. The best time to take your date is in the winter where the nights are longer and clearer.

Sit on the throne of the king

King Arthur's seat is famed the world over, a dormant volcano standing 251 metres above sea level. A brisk walk but well worth it to take in the views to Edinburgh Castle and beyond. If you’re not quite ready for that kind of intense exercise then explore the hundreds of acres of Holyrood Park where you can also visit the 15th-century chapel of St Anthony.

Laugh out loud

Edinburgh is positively splitting at the sides in August when the Edinburgh Fringe Festival bursts into life. Watch well-known comedians or perhaps something a little more offbeat – and they say a GSOH is very attractive when looking for a date.

Walk on the wild side

A trip to the zoo is not just for the grandchildren. Edinburgh zoo offers a marvellous opportunity to walk and talk to your date. Meet some of the world’s most precious and endangered species and explore the beautiful and tranquil zoo gardens.

Eat, drink and be merry

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or something a little more opulent and sophisticated, Edinburgh has a lot to offer. Keep an eye out too for pop-up restaurants... just look out for a big table that seems to have appeared from nowhere.

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