Official Guide to Edinburgh
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Romantic

Edinburgh is the perfect city for a romantic short break. From fine dining and tranquil walks, take a look at some of our romantic highlights to make your stay in Scotland's capital extra special.

The Balmoral

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ (website)

What better place to base your city break than at one of Edinburgh's most prestigious hotels?  The Balmoral's hospitality, five-star facilities and superb view provide the perfect romantic escape. Fully relax and unwind in the exclusive spa, or treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea in the beautiful Palm Court. Its city centre location is also ideally situated to experience the rest of Edinburgh.

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The Witchery

The Witchery Image 2013

Castle Hill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF

For that special meal enjoy Scottish fine dining at one of Edinburgh's exceptional dining experiences.  Secluded away in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle, the atmosphere of the ancient dining room and the candle-lit secret garden is hard to beat. Add an extra touch of luxury to your city break and stay in one of The Witchery's magical suites, complete with breakfast hamper, in sumptuous surroundings.

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Grain Store

Grain Store Restaurant Credit Website

30 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2JW (website)

Tucked away above the shops of Victoria Street, the Grain Store restaurant is perhaps one of Edinburgh's most romantic places to dine.  Enjoy an intimate meal of lovingly-prepared food in one of the hidden candle-lit alcoves, with beautiful views of the West Bow and the Old Town.

Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant

Harvey Nicols Forth Floor Lounge

30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD (website)

Situated on the top floor of Harvey Nichols, The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie offers some of the city's best food and drink. With balcony and windows that stretch right from the floor to the ceiling, The Forth Floor provides some stunning views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Perfect for getting above it all and watching the world go by. 

The Dominion Cinema 

Cinema Dominion Detail

18 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4RT (website)

Enjoy the ultimate date night at Edinburgh's lovingly maintained art deco cinema. Add to the romance with the First Class screen and enjoy luxury seating and table service before the film. You can then settle down in comfort and style in your reclining sofa for the main feature.

Chocolate Connoisseur Evening at Coco Chocolate

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[Image credit: Coco Chocolate Facebook]

20 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH4 1HN (website)
Fridays 7-8pm

For a special sensory experience with a difference, join Coco Chocolate for a chocolate tasting evening.  Learn all about the history of chocolate and how it is produced.  Tease your taste buds trying cocoa nibs then complete your connoisseur experience with some wine and chocolate pairing.

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A romantic stroll along the Water of Leith

Sunny Dean Village And Water Of Leith

Some tranquility in the heart of Scotland's capital. Take a slow, romantic walk along the Water of Leith as it meanders its way through the city along the tree-lined walkway from Roseburn towards Dean Village. From this hidden haven, detour to the National Gallery of Modern Art, or relax and replenish in one of the many cafés in Stockbridge or Canonmills.

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Take to the Canal 

Lochrin Basin Fountainbridge Canal (1)

What better way to drift away from city streets than a gentle cruise along Edinburgh's Union Canal aboard the Lochrin Belle?  From a unique afternoon tea experience to a gin tasting on the Juniper Cruise enjoy the romance and peace of the canal as it leaves Fountainbridge.

Be beside the seaside

Portobello Beach (1)

A city break with the option for a romantic walk along the beach really adds to the charm of Edinburgh. Portobello Beach provides two miles of golden sand with amazing views out to sea.  There are many places to eat and drink along the Promenade where you can soak up the atmosphere of impromptu music or one of the many events that take place.

Silverknowes and Cramond offers a more peaceful beach with a 3 mile promenade and optional walk out to Cramond Isle. Just be sure to check tide times before you make the trip!

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Dunbar's Close and Garden

Dunbar Close

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BW

This secluded hideaway is an ideal retreat, just off the historic Royal Mile. Dunbar's Close is situated among the trees, flowers and plants that evoke the enchantment of Old Edinburgh. With the many food shops selling snacks and sandwiches out on the nearby city streets, this restored 17th century garden is the perfect place for an impromptu romantic picnic.

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