Whether you’re in a new couple or in the final stages of planning your wedding in Edinburgh, taking time out to explore and see the best of the city can breathe new life into a relationship. There are so many different things to do in Edinburgh and so many opportunities to enjoy a date night or two, but it can be hard to find the most romantic and best opportunities for you and that special someone. Here we are looking a five romantic date ideas to try out whether you’re a local or visiting Edinburgh.
1. An Evening Stroll up Arthur’s Seat
Expect handholding and helping each other out. This is your chance to scale an (extinct) volcano with your significant other and enjoy the best possible sites of Edinburgh from its heart. The exhilaration of reaching the top and doing it with the most special person in your life will make all the blood, sweat and tears worth it. There’s a great atmosphere in the early evening but you could also give this a go in the day time.
2. Cosy up in The Dominion
The Dominion is probably the most comfortable cinema in the whole of Scotland. A night at the cinema is a classic option for a standard date but when your cinema has sofas, footrests and a table to comfortably leave your drinks, it’s a little bit more special than your average cinema night out. Whether you choose to embrace during a rom-com or hide in each other’s arms during a horror, you’ll be comfy while you do.
3. Polish up your Spirit Knowledge
Pickering’s Distillery in Summerhall is Edinburgh’s only exclusive gin distillery. It’s been in the same spot for over 150 years and produces exceptional traditional gins. A tour of the distillery gives you a chance to pit your gin knowledge against that of your significant other and sample a sip or two of mouth-watering Pickering’s Gin whilst you’re at it. If you’re a couple who loves their gin, Pickering’s won’t disappoint.
4. Pretend it’s the 1920s at Panda & Sons
Speakeasy style bars and clubs are all the rage, so if you like to be on the cutting edge of the latest trend, Panda & Sons is the date night out for you. Hidden away behind a fascia that looks like an old barber’s shop, Panda and Son’s takes you right back to 1920s America. You enter through an atmospheric swinging bookcase and from there on in it only gets better. Super strong cocktails include some terrifying concoctions such as Juan Direction and the Red Panda.
5. Stargaze at the Royal Observatory
A chance to stare up at the stars with your favourite person is not to be missed. The Royal Observatory in Edinburgh sits on top of Blackford Hill. Visitors are welcome to use the Victorian telescope dome facilities, as well as being a core research centre for the university. Regular astronomy evenings are a great way for experts to show you some truly inspiring sights.