Top places to propose in Edinburgh

14 February 2023

Thinking of popping the question to your loved one?

Edinburgh is full of year-round romantic locations that make the ideal backdrop for your picture-perfect proposal. Read on to discover some beautiful places in the city to pop the question!

Calton Hill

Rainbow National Monument Evening Light Tourists

With breathtaking 360˚ views across the city, Calton Hill is the perfect spot for someone who loves a dramatic setting.

You can also take your pick of beautiful landmarks to serve as the backdrop as you ask for your loved one’s hand, including the City Observatory and the National Monument. 


The Scottish National Gallery 

If you're looking to impress an art fanatic, then settings don’t get more romantic than the grand gallery in The Scottish National Gallery.

With some of the greatest works of art in the country, it makes an inspiring setting for the big question.

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle From Parade Ground Sunset And TouristsAs one of the most iconic landmarks in the city, Edinburgh Castle is a hugely popular place to propose. From intimate chapels to the mighty esplanade, there are plenty of areas that are ideal for a romantic proposal. To make the moment even more unforgettable, you can hire a special private area in the Minstrel's Gallery, high above the spectacular Grand Hall.

And if they say yes, why not hire one of the castle’s historic spaces for the big day!

The Esplanade, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Botanic Gardens Couple Walking Along Hedgeline

Green-fingered romantics will be instantly spellbound by the beautiful grounds of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. With lots of picturesque, secluded areas, it’s a lovely spot to ask the big question.

Afterwards, be sure to treat your betrothed to a celebratory bite to eat in their delicious café.

20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR


Dunbars Close Garden

Dunbars Close Garden Hedge

Hidden in plain sight just off the Royal Mile, the wonderfully romantic Dunbars Close Garden is tucked away in the heart of the Old Town. It's quite small, but you can easily get lost in its maze of unusual plants, bushes and fruit trees.

Its discreet location means that it is usually very quiet - perfect for an intimate, low key proposal.

Canongate, High Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BW


Arthur's Seat

Arthurs Seat Couple On Summit

Make your loved one breathless - quite literally - by proposing on top of Arthur's Seat. This extinct volcano offers some of the best views of Edinburgh, so if you're both fit, it is well worth the climb.

It can get a bit windy on the summit, but there are plenty of quiet romantic spots that are perfect for popping the question. St Margaret's Loch, near the Palace of Holyroodhouse, makes a lovely backdrop, while The Crags (also in Holyrood Park) offer stunning views with a less challenging hike.


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