Forget Paris, forget Venice… Edinburgh is where the romance is at!
A dreamy couples’ getaway is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your special someone, perhaps to treat them on your anniversary, or to combine wanderlust with rekindling the flame. Or even just because….
If you’ve yet to explore the capital of Scotland with your significant other, allow us to whet your appetite with our top 9 picks for romantic getaways in Edinburgh.
Romantic Getaways in Edinburgh: Our Top 9 Picks
There’s so much to see and do in Edinburgh that you’ll be hard-pushed to cram it all into one getaway (but hey, you guys can always come back and visit again!).
This historical city is ideal for those who love mysterious medieval culture, stunning Georgian architecture, cobble-stoned alleyways, delicious artisan restaurants, sipping whisky sours in chic bars, and so much more.
So, let’s dive in and explore our top romantic getaways in Edinburgh that are ready and waiting for you and your lovely partner!
The first item to tick off your trip-planning checklist is sorting out your accommodation. Luckily for you, there’s no shortage of fanciful and downright fabulous Edinburgh hotels to choose from.
If 5-star treatment coupled with fine-dining and superb views is on your agenda, Prestonfield House will have you both feeling like royalty!
Situated a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh’s fabulous Royal Mile, Prestonfield House is seated in the middle of picturesque gardens and even a golf course, allowing you to enjoy all the delights of urban life, but with the peace and serenity of the countryside.
The rooms come complete with a fully-stocked minibar, room service, a plasma TV, antique furnishings, free WiFi, and free parking. The hotel’s fab eatery, Rhubarb Restaurant, specialises in authentic Scottish cuisine, as well as serving up delicious Afternoon Teas.
Planning on exploring the wonderful city of Edinburgh and your four-legged friend being in attendance is non-negotiable? No problem! The Malmaison is a pet-friendly hotel that is super stylish and chic and is also conveniently located in the city centre.
As well as being on the cusp of all of the famously loved locations of the city, such as the Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions, and the Royal Mile, the hotel offers a superb full English/Irish/Veggie breakfast every morning to fuel you for your day of adventure.
The hotel also comes with free WiFi, parking, room service, a restaurant, facilities for disabled guests, and much more.
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The Witchery by the Castle
If gothic opulence is right up your alley, you’d be fools to miss out on the fabulously enchanting Witchery by the Castle.
The Witchery by the Castle is a five-star hotel that looks like it belongs in a fairytale, featuring four-poster beds, velvet-lined walls, rich, bold decor, and free-standing silver bathtubs for a truly spell-binding experience!
This hotel is loved by many and has had its fair share of media focus, owing to its decadent style (not to mention the incredible food and cocktails served in the restaurant), and as it features only 9 suites, early booking is advised to avoid missing out.
Travel Sustainable Edinburgh Hotels
If you want to avoid being in the tourist hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s Old Town, why not book your getaway in a chic little ditty in the city’s New Town? Well, we say little ditty, but what they are is actually spacious apartments complete with everything you need.
Boasting high ceilings and light, fresh decor, Eden Locke is just a short walk from the city’s beloved Princes Street and is less than a mile from Edinburgh Castle. Not only that, you and your partner can also indulge in some of the hotel’s in-house massages and spa treatments (extra fees apply).
This hotel is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch (or kitty-cat!).
Violet Bank Apartment Morningside
This self-catering suite isn’t actually a suite – it’s a whole apartment – and it’s super spacious and comes with a terrace and garden, but is also centrally located so that you’re a mere walking distance from all of the city action.
Featuring two bedrooms, a bathroom with both a bath and shower, a washing machine, a fully-equipped kitchen, free WiFi, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, and much more, this bright and airy apartment is ideal for those in town for an extended trip.
Not only that, the room is kitted out with little treats, such as biscuits and chocolates, just for that little extra touch!
Six Brunton Place Guest House
This immaculate and ultra-glam historical B&B gives a star-treatment feel and has an ‘exceptional’ rating on Booking.com.
The rooms come well-equipped, which includes linen and towels. Several of the rooms come with their own patio and have some peaceful, scenic garden views to enjoy your morning coffee.
The Guest House is super close to local attractions, including the Royal Mile, and their breakfasts are the stuff of legends!
Roost Hill Guest House
This cute and sustainable guest house boasts mountain views, making it hard to believe you’re still in the city!
Many guests have praised the location for being peaceful and safe, and the rooms feature plenty of useful amenities, including linen, towels, a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV, a tea/coffee maker, and a private bathroom.
Free parking and WiFi is available.
Dragon Suites 21 Alva Street Apartments
Less than a mile away from the city centre, the fabulously-named Dragon Suites feature bright, airy, modern decor, and come with a fully-equipped kitchen (including a washing machine), a private bathroom, and free WiFi.
Those who wish to be close to the city’s main attractions will be delighted to know that they are all within walking distance of this fabulous property.
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
If you’re looking for a lower-budget hotel that combines comfort with practicality, the Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh is just that.
Featuring an open-all-day restaurant, this hotel also offers rooms with key card access, free parking, free WiFi, daily housekeeping, tea/coffee maker, a terrace, facilities for disabled guests, 24-hour front desk, and air-con.
As for its location, the Courtyard by Marriott isn’t overly central, but it is within driving distance to more central locations and is close to public transport spots.
How to Plan a Romantic Getaway in Edinburgh
Planning a romantic getaway can be challenging in a city like Edinburgh because there’s so much to see and do, it can be hard to cram it all into one vacation. So, here’s how to plan your trip so that both you and your partner don’t miss out on anything.
- Choose a hotel that suits your budget as well as both your and your partner’s preferences.
- Divide each day by focusing on one thing you want to do and one thing your partner wishes to do.
- Plan your eating/drinking plans around your budget. Do your research into places you both would like to tuck into some delicious cuisine (and maybe even a cocktail or two!).
- Plan your transport. Do you require a car? If so (and you’re coming from overseas), renting a car is an option. If not, Edinburgh is abundant with public transport, including trams, which can be a fun way to see the city.
- Pack accordingly. Scotland’s weather is famously unpredictable, even in the warmer months, so dress appropriately and don’t forget to pack rain gear and a few layers to bundle up, if need be.
- Check your passport/visas are up to date and valid.
- Book your flights/travel.
Romantic Getaways in Edinburgh: FAQs
Edinburgh, and indeed the surrounding areas, boast many fabulous areas to enjoy a romantic getaway. Some of which include:
- Old Town, which is the most historical and culture-filled area that holds plenty of museums, exhibitions, restaurants, cocktail bars, and more.
- New Town. Old Town is often busy with adventure-seeking tourists, so for those who require something a little quieter, New Town is the obvious solution. It is home to glamorous squares, boutiques & shopping options, and the Scottish National Gallery.
- Suburban Edinburgh. Opting for a B&B or hotel on the outskirts of the city can work out more cost-effective, as well as quieter, and puts you within travelling distance to both the city centre and the rural areas and towns surrounding the city that can make for a pleasant day trip.
As far as romantic Edinburgh hotels go, they’re certainly not in short supply! As well as the nine mentioned above, we also love:
- The Balmoral Hotel
- The Roseate Edinburgh
- House of Gods Hotel
- The Glasshouse
- Hotel Du Vin & Bistro
- The Caledonian
- The Rutland Inn