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10 Romantic Things To Do In Edinburgh

Shino
Published Jun 28, 2018

Edinburgh needs no introduction. Being a vibrant city basking in a constant buzz, Edinburgh steeps in wonderful historical footprints and is also a prominent host to various colorful festivals throughout the seasons. The list of things you can do with your loved ones here is an overwhelming one. Shopping is perhaps the best activity to get you started here! Head on to Princes Street and check out flagship stores such as New Look, House of Fraser, and the historic Jenners while you enjoy a jaw-dropping view of the Old Town in a distance. For Potterheads, Victoria Street is the place you should never miss; not only is it lined up with many independent shops that feature cutting-edge designer and vintage style, it is also an inspirational spot where J.K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley —featured in Harry Potter— was originated from. For superheroes fans, we are sure that your eagle-eye would capture many scenes in the newly released Avengers: Infinity War as part of Edinburgh’s Cockburn Street, Royal Mile, St Giles’ Cathedral, and Waverley Station, giving you more reasons to set foot into Edinburgh and witness the spots where legends were made. Looking for some outdoor fun? Head on to Portobello Beach, where you will get to witness a great sunset view and hang out at one of the charming cafes on the promenade. Of course, there are more to these activities that we can ever list and that’s for you to find out! To make it easier for you, we have also crafted a list of romantic things you can do in Edinburgh so hurry up and get ready for a great holiday here in Scotland!

Top 3 activities to book in Edinburgh (and vicinity)

1. Learn more about Edinburgh's classical historical footprints

This private walking tour escorts you through a 3-hour live guide which will definitely be a great treat for movie lovers and bookworms. Get ready to be guided through the comprehensive history of Edinburgh and grab those photo opportunities when you stop by scenic photo stops. Travel back in time and experience how it feels like to be surrounded by prominent architecture and monuments well preserved throughout the centuries. Your tour guide speaks in six languages so feel free to fire away your questions during the walking tour.

Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Price: from 90 USD

Duration: 3 hours

Rating: 5.0 / 5

Number of Reviews: 4

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2. Sit back and enjoy the treats in Cannonball House

Take your own sweet time with your loved one by enjoying a humble yet elegant afternoon tea at Cannonball House. When we say take your own sweet time, we aren’t at all exaggerating. Here, you will get to enjoy bite-size national dishes where you relax in a cozy bar located on top of the Royal Mile, allowing you to overlook a breathtaking view of the Edinburgh Castle. It is a great place to take your own pace with your time and simply pampered by the scent and taste that you will only get here in Edinburgh.

Taste of Scotland Platter at Cannonball House

Price: from 17 USD

Duration: 1 hour

Rating: 3.8 / 5

Number of Reviews: 4

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3. Feed your picky taste buds at Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh

You can’t stop by Edinburgh without trying out some of the best dishes here! Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh might just be the right place for you to satiate those picky taste buds of yours. Get ready to be blown away by the amazing collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia upon setting foot into the cafe. It is a great place to unwind and treat yourself with delicious 2-or-3-course meals that come with a drink of your preference, be it coffee, tea, or soft drink.

Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh

Price: from 24 USD

Duration: 75 minutes

Rating: 4.4 / 5

Number of Reviews: 25

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4. Cycle your way through the Old and New Town of Edinburgh

Want to know Edinburgh better in a fun way? We’ve got you covered. The 3-hour private cycling tour allows you to explore more of the Old and New Town of Edinburgh by bringing you into an exciting ride through local parks, suburbs and many unexplored, amazing spots in town! Better still, with a friendly and fun tour guide accompanying you throughout the tour, you will also get to know interesting stories and amazing historical contexts at the places you are to stop by, making the trip all the more worthwhile than it already is!

Edinburgh: 3-Hour Private Cycling Tour

Price: from 109 USD

Duration: 3 hours

Rating: 5.0 / 5

Number of Reviews: 1

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5. Stay close with nature with this bus and boat tour

Learn more about Edinburgh’s interesting facts and amazing history when you participate in this bus and boat tour which also gives you a chance to witness the beauty of the city through a Forth Bridges Sightseeing Cruise. In this 3-hour tour, you will not only get to visit the gorgeous Georgian architecture on UNESCO-listed Princes Street, but you will also have the chance to check out more of the historical footprints at Inchcolm Island and take part in water attractions such as Forth Road Bridge, Forth Rail Bridge, and Queensferry Crossing. Needless to say, the scenes you will be able to enjoy during this tour will be magnificent and definitely recommended for travelers who would like to enjoy a close-to-nature experience during their vacation here in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Bus and Boat Tour Including Forth Bridges Sightseeing Cruise

Price: from 28 USD

Duration: 3 hours

Rating: 4.5/5

Number of Reviews: 16

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6. Eat and drink the Scottish way in Edinburgh

You can’t miss an authentic Scottish cuisine when you’re in Edinburgh and we have just the right recommendation for you! Enjoy Scottish dish like a local would as you savor the delicious taste of local cuisines in contemporary restaurants or historic, elegant pubs. This food and drink themed tour will satisfy not only your picky taste buds but also allowing you to unwind after an exhausting sightseeing day out in Edinburgh. So sit back and enjoy the traditional Scottish, alongside a drink, while you enjoy a walking tour that’s totally personalized to your preference while you’re at it.

Scottish Dining Experience in Edinburgh

Price: from 144 USD

Duration: 3 hours

Number of Reviews:

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7. Explore the history of Edinburgh with a private shore excursion

Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

Satisfy your need to know more about the amazing historical background in Edinburgh with this private shore excursion, where you will get to explore Scotland’s capital city and take a close-up look at Rosslyn Chapel, with a history dated back to the 15th century. Hop onto a minibus and venture into alleyways filled with stories that are yet to unfold. Throughout this tour, you will also get to learn more about interesting legendary characters who play prominent parts in writing about Scotland’s history, and you will also get to visit famous local attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Royal Mile, while you’re at it.

Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

Price: from 642 USD

Duration: 9 hours

Rating: 5/5

Number of Reviews: 2

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8. Tour around Edinburgh the humble way

Private Evening Summer 2hr Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini Cooper

If you prefer to get comfortable and have a private evening tour specialized just for you, we would love to recommend this 2-hour summer tour in a Mini Cooper! Bask in the evening rays as you enjoy your Mini Cooper ride, visit some of Edinburgh’s attractions (inclusive of Scotland’s oldest hidden pub, Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, and Dean Village on the water of Leith), and simply enjoy the beautiful landscape and scenery in a comfortable car ride of your own.

Private Evening Summer 2hr Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini Cooper

Price: from 160 USD

Duration: 2 hours

Number of Reviews:

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9. Enjoy the green environment surrounding Edinburgh

Outdoors in Edinburgh: Parks & Nature Experience

For the nature lovers, we have something that will draw a smile on your face. Enjoy a day in nature, separating yourself away from the noise of the city and right into Edinburgh’s most relaxing areas that will give you the best landscape views in town. Explore the landscapes surrounding Edinburgh, venture into the beach, and climb the famous Arthur’s Seat. You can even take part in more hiking activities or just sit back and enjoy the green surrounding in a local park — however you want it!

Outdoors in Edinburgh: Parks & Nature Experience

Price: from 73 USD

Duration: 4 hours

Number of Reviews:

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10. Bring your memories home with you

Private Photo Shoot in Edinburgh

Taking as many pictures as you can is less of an option but more an obligation when you are exploring a city as beautiful as Edinburgh. This private photoshoot makes sure to capture your best self, coupled with astounding backdrops and activities that you can only find in Edinburgh, making it a valuable experience to preserve one of the best vacation experiences you will come by. You will be guided by a professional photographer throughout the process and you can even customize those photos into your very own souvenirs as a memento to bring back with you. So don’t miss the chance to be part of an amazing memory here in Edinburgh!

Private Photo Shoot in Edinburgh

Price: from 475 USD

Duration: 60 minutes

Rating: 5/5

Number of Reviews: 1

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Get ready for a fantastic vacation in Edinburgh

There’s never enough things to do in Edinburgh. Regardless if you’re interested in the historical footsteps, the local Scottish cuisines, or the well-preserved green environment, Edinburgh always has more to offer than you think it has. If you’re in Scotland, never miss the chance to stop by Edinburgh, you’ll be grateful you do.

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