Perfect Edinburgh date ideas

07 February 2019

National Museum Of Scotland Rooftop View

You want to spend some time with that special someone but sometimes the usual "movie and a meal" date format can get a little bit old.

Thankfully, Edinburgh has lots of great alternative date options so whether it's your first date or your twenty-first date, read on to discover some great days (or nights) out that are ideal for couples... 

Get a breath of fresh air

Botanics Palm House

If the weather is good, nothing beats a wander around one of Edinburgh's beautiful public gardens and outdoor spaces. Holyrood Park is a popular choice, with the mighty Arthurs Seat and the Crags making for a suitably romantic backdrop.

However, if you don't fancy tackling an extinct volcano then The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is just as scenic, with beautiful landscaped grounds that change with the seasons. Or for something a bit more off the beaten track, explore the beautiful Dr Neil's Garden in Duddingston - a charming secluded garden with a beautiful view that is a real hidden gem. 

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Immerse yourself in history

Museum Of Edinburgh Courtyard

Edinburgh has a wealth of fascinating museums and you could easily spend a day wandering around the thought-provoking exhibits. The National Museum of Scotland is an obvious choice, but for good reason: there are plenty of galleries to explore and the view from the rooftop terrace is well worth seeking out. 

Or for something a little different, take a look at the free museums dotted along the Royal Mile, including the Museum of Childhood, The People's Story and the Museum of Edinburgh, which includes a charming outdoor courtyard full of interesting artifacts. 

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Have a chuckle at The Stand

The Stand Comedian

Edinburgh is famous for being a hub of new comedy talent during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but did you know there are fresh new comedians performing all year round at The Stand on Queen Street? This institution has a reputation of showcasing the rising stars of comedy, and a live stand up show is a great alternative to more traditional date nights.

Become a gin connoisseur

Pickerings Still

There are plenty of great things to do in Edinburgh for gin lovers which are ideal for couples and groups alike. Get an insight into how small batch gin is made at the Pickering's Distillery in Summerhallthe first exclusive gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years. From only £10 this outing is great value for money - tours last 45-50 minutes and include a Pickerings gin and tonic from the unique "gin tap" at the Royal Dick, just a couple of footsteps away from the distillery itself. 

Or if you want to take your gin tasting voyage to the high seas, you can take a Gin Cruise organised by Edinburgh event experts Summerhall Drinks Lab. With a rnge of ticketing options, you can join a group on the barge which sails up the Union Canal, serving five delectable gins and tasty nibbles along the way. Check their website for the latest departure dates and tickets. 

Uncover Edinburgh's hidden side

Mercat Tours Historical Man

Edinburgh has plenty of interesting stories to reveal, even to those who have lived in the city for years. Discover another side to Scotland's capital by going on a walking tour around the streets of the Old Town. Mercat Tours offer historical walks which uncover interesting tales about Edinburgh's past, or if you're feeling brave you could venture into the paranormal side by going on one of their ghost tours which include the Blair Street vaults - allegedly one of the most haunted places in the UK. 

If you'd like to create your own itinerary while still delving into Edinbrugh's past, why not check out some of Edinburgh's 101 Objects?

Alternatively, if you see yourself as a bit of a film buff you could explore Edinburgh's famous silver screen spots with the folk from The Reel Edinburgh Tour, who will show you some of the city's well-known film locations, as well as uncover some of Edinburgh's lesser known cinematic tales! 

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