Love is all around – romantic Edinburgh is top choice for couples

There’s no need to wait for an anniversary or a honeymoon to book a romantic getaway – for couples looking for an intimate escape, Edinburgh is the perfect destination.

When it comes to affairs of the heart, a stay at The Chester Residence with the grandeur and elegance of our spacious apartments, will set the right mood for a romantic break, and our luxurious flourishes allow you to create your very own love story.

Champagne, candles, flowers, cakes, bath treats, breakfast for two delivered to your apartment ….we supply all the ingredients for the recipe of love.

If you can drag yourself away from your opulent love nest, the city of Edinburgh is bursting with heart-melting experiences for couples.

Here’s our top picks.

Love Film? Love First Class

Kissing in the backrow? It’s far more sophisticated than that at Edinburgh’s art deco cinema Dominion Theatre.

It offers a first class screen for the ultimate date night experience. Relax in luxury seating and enjoy table service before the movie starts – then snuggle up in comfort in a reclining sofa and enjoy the feature film.

Say it with flowers

Take a stroll, hand in hand, through the Royal Botanic Gardens. With over 70 acres of landscape to explore it offers peace and tranquillity just a mile from the busy city centre.

Its spectacular glasshouses are home to 3000 exotic plants from around the world. It has manicured lawns and don’t forget to smell the roses! The gardens offers some superb panoramic views of the city skyline – the perfect couple photo opportunity.

Ghost Tours

It might not, at first glance, seem a romantic choice, but what better reason is needed to cuddle up in the arms of your loved than on a haunting ghost tour exploring the dark side of Edinburgh’s past?

The Underground City of the Dead tour ventures into atmospheric areas of  the city where residents once dwelled in misery. Take hold of your partner’s hand as you hear about the macabre history and beware of spooks and spectres….

Tea for Two

For afternoon tea for two, the opulent splendour of The Dome’s Georgian Tea Room in George Street with its plush decor, crystal chandeliers, crisp white linen, black and gold wall panelling and cushioned ebony chairs is the last word in decadence.

Its sumptuous menu includes delicate finger sandwiches, scones and sweet pastries.  The menu marries with different varieties of loose leaf teas and other beverages from speciality suppliers. It comes served on beautiful fine bone china with a silver tea service to complement every bite and sip.

Candle-light dining

Legendary food, an award-wining line list and candle-lit charm, The Witchery by the Castle offers an unforgettably magical dining experience.

Secluded and atmospheric, its Secret Garden room with its hand painted ceiling, ancient oak, stone and tapestries is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Enjoy a feast from the award-winning a la carte menu featuring Scottish lobster, langoustines, beef, lamb and game, alongside the Witchery’s Angus beef steak tartare at your table for two.

Popping the Question?

Planning to propose during your visit to Edinburgh? Calton Hill has been voted one of the most romantic locations to pop the question in the UK.

It only takes  five minutes to reach and the views are breathtaking – Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat, the Scottish Parliament and the Firth of Forth can all be seen from the top.

As well as city views all around,  the hill itself has Nelson Monument and National Monument, providing great backdrops for engagement photos.

An added plus is that it’s pretty magical at dawn and dusk.