Five Top Date Spots in Edinburgh This Summer

Five Top Dating Spots in Edinburgh This Summer

Edinburgh’s captivating atmosphere and diverse attractions make it an ideal city for romantic escapades. 

From its historic streets to its scenic gardens, there’s no shortage of enchanting places to explore with your significant other or budding relationship. Staying in our hotel in Edinburgh positions you perfectly to explore the city’s best spots. 

Whether you’re on your first date or celebrating a milestone, here are our top five dating spots in Edinburgh this summer: 


The Royal Mile and Grassmarket

Just a 13-minute walk from our hotel in Edinburgh, you’ll find the Royal Mile – a magical backdrop for a romantic stroll. 

These historic streets, with their cobbled pathways and ancient buildings, feel like a step back in time. Wander through the streets, hand in hand, exploring quirky shops and indulging in delicious treats from local vendors. 

Close by to the Royal Mile is the Grassmarket, where you can sample some of Edinburgh’s finest produce and street food, making it the perfect spot for a casual date. 

Calton Hill

For a date with breathtaking views, pack a picnic and head to Calton Hill. 

Picture this… 

You and your date enjoying delicious snacks while sitting atop Calton Hill, with panoramic views of the city skyline and historic landmarks. 

A picnic on Calton Hill not only makes for a delightful and relaxed way to spend time together but also offers plenty of opportunities for stunning photos. After eating, take a leisurely stroll around the hill and soak in the beauty of Edinburgh from above. 


Edinburgh Zoo

For a fun and playful date, head to Edinburgh Zoo – only a 24-minute journey on public transport from our Edinburgh hotel. Home to a wide variety of animals, the zoo is an engaging experience. 

Enjoy exploring the zoo together, taking part in plenty of interactive exhibits and indulging in tasty food from the on-site kiosks. 

Get ready for a roarsome adventure and creating memories together! 

Edinburgh Playhouse

You can’t go wrong with a trip to the theatre. Edinburgh Playhouse shows a wide range of performances, including musicals, plays and concerts. 

Why not bond over shared cultural experiences? The theatre’s elegant setting adds a touch of sophistication to your date, making it the perfect excuse to dress up. 

Check the schedule to find out what shows you can watch this summer, and maybe make a night of it with dinner at a nearby restaurant. 


The Dome

Continuing with the theme of sophistication… 

Indulge in afternoon tea at The Dome, enjoy a selection of fine teas, sandwiches, and pastries in an elegant, opulent setting. 

The stunning setting, featuring crystal chandeliers and elegant decor, creates a romantic atmosphere perfect for intimate conversations. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just treating yourselves, The Dome provides an unforgettable backdrop for a memorable date. Make sure you book in advance to secure your spot at this popular destination. 

Bonus tips for a perfect summer date in Edinburgh 

Planning your perfect date in Edinburgh will require more than just choosing the right location. To make your experience truly unforgettable, consider keeping these bonus tips in mind to add extra charm and romance: 


Time your visit right

Summer in Edinburgh is extremely busy. Tourists come from all over the world to visit the capital of Scotland, so consider visiting the above dating spots early in the morning or later in the evening for a more intimate and less hectic experience. 


Local events

Keep a lookout for local events taking place over the summer, Edinburgh tends to have plenty festivals, including the world famous Edinburgh Fringe, as well as outdoor concerts and exhibitions. 


Dining options

From charming cafes to upscale, gourmet restaurants, Edinburgh’s vibrant food scene caters to all tastes. Savour a cosy dinner at a hidden gem in the Old Town or enjoy a sophisticated dining experience with stunning views of the city. Wrap up your date with a visit to a trendy cocktail bar or a traditional Scottish pub. Edinburgh’s diverse culinary offerings ensure a delightful end to your romantic outing. 


Seasonal activities

Make the most of summer in Edinburgh with outdoor theatre performances in Princes Street Gardens and lively ceilidh dances. Enjoy a sunset picnic at Arthur’s Seat or a starlit stroll along Portobello Beach to add a special touch to your date. 


Romantic walks

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the less crowded paths of the Water of Leith Walkway or through quieter parks, such as Inverleith Park.   


Photo opportunities

It might sound like an obvious one, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to forget taking photos – especially if you’re having a great time.  

Ensure to capture the memories of your date with photos in picturesque spots, such as Princes Street Gardens and in front of Edinburgh Castle. 

Incorporating these tips will ensure a memorable and enchanting date in Edinburgh, filled with plenty of special moments. 


Extend your romantic date with us 

Make the most of your date in Edinburgh by ending your evening in our Edinburgh hotel. Our cosy rooms and hearty breakfast options will ensure you start your next day (or date) feeling refreshed. 


Book your stay with us today and get ready to explore Edinburgh’s top dating spots this summer! 

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