Visiting Edinburgh as couples

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Edinburgh is the perfect place to spark romance with your partner at places like Royal Mile and Stockbridge.

The city offers beautiful scenery and the finest architectural art that can strengthen bondings through the city’s romantic history.

Romanticize dates in the gorgeous streets of Princes Street Gardens and bathe in natural scenery while getting the best view of the castle.

Here are some perfect romantic spots for visiting Edinburgh as a couple:

Destinations in Edinburgh for couples 

Treat yourself and your partner by visiting these beautiful places in Edinburgh like beaches and hills while making memories in these scenic places.

This guide offers you suggestions with a rich history so there will be a lot of digging up that you can do and hear historic tales.

1. Calton Hill

Calton Hill is located on the popular Princes Street and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is originally an extinct volcano with its Athenian acropolis that can be recognized from anywhere in Edinburgh as the hill is the city center.

The hill has one of the best views of the city and is often used as a photography and painting site.

Right next to the hill, two observatories are perfect for stargazing and night exhibitions, you can use this place for night dates!

The area is filled with constant exhibitions and open restaurants serving snacks, drinks, and paid toilets.

Opening hours:

Daily: 24 hours

2. Edinburgh Playhouse

Nothing sounds better than the old and classic movie dates, especially experiencing the grandeur of Edinburgh Playhouse.

This Playhouse is the largest open theater in the entire UK with a capacity of holding 3,059 audiences over three different levels.

It was originally used as a cinema house but now it has become a large-scale touring spot with roadway mega-classics to local performances.

The beautiful architecture of the playhouse was a Grade I Listed building modeled on the Roxy Cinema of New York.

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 12 pm to 4 pm
Sunday: 12.15 pm to 2.45 pm

3. The Salisbury Crags

The Salisbury Crags are as old as Arthur’s Seat and hold enormous importance in the development of modern geology.

These crags were the birthplace of geology which proved the idea of the earth’s age through fossils and sedimentary rocks as opposed to the Christian idea of floating earth.

The place has a popular site called ‘Hutton’s Rock’ which is just a path below Salisbury Crags. 

Learn about the historical importance of this place on a hiking or trek trip with a beautiful sunrise amongst the gorgeous crags.

4. Forth Bridge

Now that you have explored the beautiful sunrise at Salisbury Crags, it’s time to explore a beautiful sunset at the bridge of South Queensferry.

Forth Bridge is a railway station bridge, another of the UNESCO world heritage sites built 125 years ago.

Take a boat under the Forth Bridge and explore the history of Forth island among which Inchcolm is popular for being a 12th-century abbey.

Visit the South Queensferry to the south of Forth Bridge and treat yourselves to the beautiful cafes and restaurants of the city.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Forth Bridge remains closed on the weekends.

City tours

Edinburgh is filled with romantic and perfect date spots, make use of these places and make the best of memories.

Take a tour of the best places in the city and enjoy spending time with your partner.

1. Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands tour

Regardless of your search for Loch Ness Monster or a scenic day trip, this place is perfect for an entertaining visit.

Visit the famous Highland Cows, discover the definitions of a ‘hairy coo’ in Glencoe and enjoy the unforgettable views.

Grab your lunch in the Fort William area or majestic Urquhart Castle and hop on a boat to search for ‘Nessie’, the monster nicknamed by the locals.

Don’t shy away from the mystery of the kilt, get introduced to a ‘wee’ kilt and stop for snacks in Pitlochry which gives a beautiful view of the town.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (16 to 99 years): £75
Youth ticket (12 to 15 years): £70
Infants ticket (upto 11 years): Free 

2. Royal Yacht Britannia tour

The first Royal Yacht is in Edinburgh with the capacity of completing ocean tours and entertaining guests around the world.

Britannia was decommissioned in 1997, which put an end to the traditional history of British Royal Yachts dating back to the reign of Charles II in 1660.

After retiring, the vessel took up a permanent residency at the port of Leith in Edinburgh, where visitors now come to dig into the royal life at sea.

Explore all five decks of The Royal Yacht Britannia and discover the Royal service given to Queen Elizabeth II on board.

This tour is inclusive of a hop on hop off city tour that includes Edinburgh castle, Edinburgh botanical garden, Palace of Holyrood and more, a combo of the best of Edinburgh.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (16 to 59 years): £18
Senior ticket (60 to 99 years): £17
Students ticket (upto 99 years with valid ID): £17
Child ticket (5 to 15 years): £11
Infants ticket (upto 4 years): Free 

3. Magical Highlands tour by steam train

If you are looking for an all-in-one tour then the Magical Highlands tour by steam train is your go-to option.

On top of that, experience an existing date on a steam train that you have only ever seen in vintage movies.

This tour will cover Harry Potter movie spots, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Glenfinnan Viaduct and so much more.

Hop on board the Jacobite steam train which is also known as the Hogwarts Express and travel the city like Harry.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (upto 99 years): £165

4. Harry Potter Walking Tour

After taking the Hogwarts train, you must visit various places in the movie that were filmed in Edinburgh.

This iconic Edinburgh tour will need two hours of walking and includes the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling to establish the overall setting of the books.

Inspired by the uniqueness and beauty of Edinburgh, the author wrote most of the Harry Potter book scenes specifically with the city in mind.

As you visit High Street, Lord Voldemort’s tomb, and Hogwarts School, you’ll notice a perpetual similarity between Edinburgh’s history and the series.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (15 to 64 years): £14
Senior ticket (65 to 99 years): £12
Students ticket (upto 99 years with valid ID): £12
Youth ticket (6 to 14 years): £5
Infants ticket (upto 5 years): Free 

Ghost tours

Enjoy a spooky late-night date and cuddle in the horror of Edinburgh’s spooky history as you listen to its legendary tales.

Make memories and enjoy the terror of the city’s history by visiting old prisons, vaults, dungeons and even the city of the dead.

1. Auld Reekie tours

Edinburgh is popular for its late-night underground vault tour that goes down to the South bridge vaults.

You can witness the infamous stone circle vault which is known for its evil presence and is considered a death wish.

This spooky tour will take you around Edinburgh’s Old Town and hear scary stories about Tolbooth Prison.

The city has a history of witchcraft though not as much as Salem, you can witness real-life coven of the witches here.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (18 to 99 years): £18
Children under the age of 17 years are not permitted.

2. The Cadies & Witchery Tours

Easily scared but still wish to take a scary tour? Here’s a light-hearted tour that is filled with laughter and fear.

This Ghosts and Gore walking tour of Edinburgh will have you scream out loud with our special guide Alexander Clapperton, a deceased cemetery director since the 1840s.

Learn the horrors of witchcraft history and dark stories lurking within the shadows of the city’s ancient spots.

The highlight of this tour is that it comes with a free book called ‘Witchery Tales’ by Adam Lyal who also does tours around Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (16 to 99 years): £13
Child ticket (5 to 15 years): £9
Infants ticket (upto 4 years): Free 

3. The Ghost Bus Tours 

All the tours you have seen up till now are the traditional walking tours, let’s hype things with a warm vehicle and travel further!

The Ghost Bus tours are the best way to enjoy horror in the cold weather and this bus is no ordinary bus. It is a vintage black double-decker.

This tour is filled with the theatrics of scary stories for a fun evening but not frightening enough to traumatize your soul.

The best part about this tour is that you can visit places even located far away in just one night.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (16 to 64 years): £21
Senior ticket (65 to 99 years): £18
Students ticket (upto 99 years with valid ID): £18
Child ticket (6 to 15 years): £15
Infants ticket (upto 5 years): Free 

4. City of the Dead Tours

Visit the Damnation Alley and experience paranormal activities in these terrifying vaults of Edinburgh.

The underground vaults of the City of the Dead tour are home to the malevolent presence called the South Bridge Entity.

This tour consists of three vaults that show Edinburgh’s history through these ominous and dark vaults.

For the ones who are scared to visit at nighttime, you can have the available City of the Dead Underground Vaults Day Tour.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (16 to 59 years): £16
Infants ticket (upto 15 years): Free 

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