Edinburgh is a popular choice for city breaks all year round, but occasions such as Valentine’s Day see more people heading to Scotland’s majestic capital to enjoy romantic getaways. Edinburgh is easily accessible by road, rail and flights, and as a stepping stone to the Highlands and the natural beauty of Scotland, it can also be the starting point for longer excursions in this remarkable country.
That’s not to overlook Edinburgh‘s own inherent charms of course, as the colourful history of this significant city can be seen everywhere you look in the Old Town and New Town of Edinburgh’s compact city centre. Most of the city’s leading attractions are within easy walking distance of each other – as long as you don’t mind hills – and the top sites can usually be relied on to offer exclusive packages for Valentine’s visitors, sometimes in unlikely places.
This may include Edinburgh Castle itself, the city’s most visited location and an iconic feature of its skyline, and nearby buildings of significance in the Old Town and along the cobbled Royal Mile, including popular restaurants such as the Witchery that offers special Valentine’s meals for couples and people on dates. It’s advisable to book ahead if you’re hoping to dine in one of Edinburgh’s leading eateries though, as you can be sure many other people have had the same idea for treating their partner on the special occasion.
It’s a good idea to arrange your Edinburgh hotels in advance, due to the increased demand, especially if you’re hoping to stay in a room offering breathtaking views over the city. Checking whether your accommodation provider operates special Valentine’s Day promotions can be a great way to stretch your money further on Edinburgh breaks, ensuring you won’t have to cut corners and will have more money left over to buy mementos of your romantic Scottish break.
If this is your first time visiting Scotland, making the trip over to Glasgow can also be well worth it, as this larger city beats even Edinburgh when it comes to museums, live music and club nights, depending how you and your partner are planning on spending your romantic evening. The Highlands and islands can also be reached just a couple of hours from Edinburgh, while the rural villages and coastal sights of Fife are an even shorter distance across the Forth Bridge, making an ideal getaway from the bustle of the city.