Edinburgh, Scotland is an ideal destination for an unforgettable honeymoon. Together, explore elegant hotels, designer shops, delicious dining (including Michelin-rated restaurants), and a variety of attractions to blossom romance.
Edinburgh, with the gorgeous backdrop of Pentland Hills, is also one of the romantic cities in the world in our books. Read on to learn how you can have the ultimate honeymoon in Edinburgh.
A Visit To Scottish National Gallery
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh and founded in 1999, the Scottish National Gallery (previously known as Dean Gallery) is home to some of the finest artwork in the world. Walk the halls hand in hand as you explore masterpieces from Rembrandt, Botticelli, Vermeer, Titian, Constable, Raphael, Turner, Gaugin, Van Gogh and various others.
The gallery also houses two cafes – The Scottish Café & Restaurant and Garden Café serving tea, cakes, canned and bottled drinks while you enjoy stunning views of Princess Street Gardens. Looking for souvenirs? Stop by the shop for posters, books, mugs, handmade jewellery, post cards, prints, and gifts. Make sure to stop by the interactive IT gallery and take part in a drawing class (or one of the many other activities).
Explore The Majestic Castles
Add some color to your romantic rendezvous by exploring some of the finest castles in Edinburgh. Start off your expedition with Dundas Castle. Considered one of the sought after honeymoon and wedding venues, the castle overlooks River Forth and offers a stunning look into a rich history. The Boathouse offers you a perfect refuge from the busy pace of city life. This one-bedroom cottage is a cozy retreat that offers picturesque views of the water.
Glengorm is a turreted castle and, without a doubt, a breathtaking edifice. Discover Loch Mingary, Standing Stones, and Iron Age Forts. Enjoy a walk around Glengorm where you can spot eagles, otters, and seals. With so many options, spend the day taking a trip through history with horse riding and archery or hit the sea with some kayaking or a coastal walk.
Visit Calton Hill
Located at the east end of Princess Street, Calton Hill is accessible from anywhere in the city. Head to the top of the hill and cherish the views that Princess Street offers. Look towards the North side and catch a glimpse of the well-known Forth Rail Bridge. And towards the North East, you can see Bass Rock, located close to North Berwick.
Calton Hill is not just a hill; it is also home to Nelson’s Column. Douglas Stewart House and Observatory House are the Hill’s unique character. Relish in the history of Arthur’s Seat, Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth, and Holyrood.
The Ship On The Shore
An unforgettable night of a great seafood dining experience by the waterfront is a must while in Edinburgh. The Ship on the Shore is the perfect pick with a maritime theme that adds to the overall appeal of the restaurant. As one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh, you will be served the finest seafood. If you don’t fancy seafood, try one of the vegetarian options instead.
Over baked oysters, enjoy the romantic ambience of the restaurant. Our tips, order the king scallops and chunky chips with the garlic butter, Langoustines, and succulent clams. The service is good and it is advisable to book in advance.
Tickle Your Funny Bone At The Stand Comedy Club
For the past 10 years, The Stand Comedy Club has been frequently visited by thousands of tourists from across the globe. Located near Princess Street, enjoy live, high-quality entertainment. For the best seats in the house (which is a must when on your honeymoon, make sure you book in advance.
Monday nights are deemed the Red Raw Beginners’ Night, and you can find tickets at a bargain rate. Saturday night show prices are a big higher. A night at the club is certainly a unique way to spend your evening and will have you laughing all night long. Rest assured you will enjoy quality performances and the intimate cabaret style ambience certainly hits the spot for lovebirds.
Visit The Filmhouse
If your fans of moves, head to the Filmhouse in Edinburgh. This independent theater has been around for more than 30 years and celebrates some of the best of cinema. Depending on the season enjoy one of the many festivals that celebrates different genres, themes and directors. Offering three screens, Filmhouse is one of the key venues of Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Located on Lothian Road, it is close to Edinburgh Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh Odeon, and Cineworld. Here, both of you can also enjoy coffee or a pint before or after (or both) your film.
Stay At The Finest Honeymoon Hotels In Edinburgh
Our guest blogger's top three hotel recommendations are known for their comfy beds, romantic and captivating interiors, stylish restaurants, and gorgeous views. Topping the list is Hotel Nira Caledonia. No matter where you look, this hotel oozes nothing but luxury. The rooms offer eye-catching interiors. Check out their selection of hand-picked book collections and old-fashioned seahorns.
Next up is the Glasshouse. Located on the east end of Princess Street, enjoy the views of the beautiful Calton Hill. As in its name, the hotel incorporate glass intricately into the design with glass baubles, semi-glass staircase, and glass vases. Use of the striking bright colours on the sofas, bed, cushions and wall hangings certainly adds to the overall charm of the rooms.
Nestled in Edinburgh’s Old Town and close to Royal Mile, Hotel Du Vin & Bistro Edinburgh is known for its style and class. This boutique hotel boasts a decadent bar with some of the world’s finest wines. Bistro is known for its luxuriant furnishings and oak floors which certainly adds a touch of charm for honeymooners.