Edinburgh is cute – let’s just say that. It is adorable, romantic and mysterious all at once. Just like your perfect lover! But it also poses as the ideal backdrop for your little love story. Cobbled streets, hidden alleyways, cosy pubs and majestic mountains in the distance – come and get enchanted in 24 hours in Edinburgh!
The night before: Arrive in Edinburgh the evening before your big day exploring the city, check-in and get yourself comfortable in one of our apartments at either our super-central Stewart, luxurious Royal Garden or spacious EQ2 location. As part of our Romance Package and as a little surprise for your loved one, 12 red roses, an ice-chilled bottle of Veuve Cliquot and a box of 24 gourmet chocolates from Hotel Chocolat will be waiting for you in the apartment.
10am: Begin your tour of Edinburgh in front of the Edinburgh Castle (Castlehill) at the west end of the Royal Mile and take in the views over the city from the Castle Esplanade. If you fancy a bit of a history lesson go ahead and see the Castle (£16.50) from the inside. Alternatively, the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (549 Castlehill, £14.50, Fountain Court guests get 10% off ticket price) offers a bit of less grown-up fun with many optical illusions and an observation tower leaving your head spinning (in a good way). However, the highlight for in-love couples might be the Autowed machine on the ground floor. For only £1, it carries out a brief wedding ceremony, gives you two rings and a personalised certificate to take home. How romantic!
11.30am: After much excitement and giggles at the Camera Obscura, stroll down Royal Mile and then take a left onto George IV Bridge and a left again down Victoria Street. This scenic street filled with nice little quirky shops like the Isle of Skye Candle Company (93 W Bow) and The Red Door Gallery (42 Victoria Street) must be one of the most photographed in the city – see it for yourself.
12.00pm: Victoria Street leads into Grassmarket where you might stop for a coffee or a delicious smoothie at Hula Juice Bar (103-105 West Bow). Take in the atmosphere of this bustling Old Town square and maybe don’t tell your spouse that this place was (attention: gruesome fact) popular for executions until 1784.
12.30pm: From Grassmarket head East up Cowgatehead and Candlemaker Row until you reach the statue of a small Skye terrier dog: Greyfriars Bobby (26 George IV Bridge). He apparently devotedly guarded his master’s grave for 14 years returning every single day to the place he was buried. You can also take a little walk in the graveyard next to the statue and find Bobby’s owner John Gray’s burial place on the eastern path about 30m north of the entrance.
1.00pm: Just opposite the statue you might spot the National Museum of Scotland (Chambers Street) which is definitely worth a visit in itself! But if you want to take advantage of another beautiful Edinburgh view (many more to come…) take the elevator straight to the 7th floor to the rooftop garden.
1:30pm: From the National Museum of Scotland take George IV Bridge back to the Royal Mile and stop for a bite to eat at landmark pub Deacon Brodies Tavern (435 Lawnmarket). If you’re lucky, you might get a seat upstairs next to the window and can watch the hustle and bustle of the High Street from above while you dig into typically Scottish pub grub.
2.30pm: Take your time to stroll down the Royal Mile, absorb the historical feel of the Old Town and consider these optional stops along the way:
- Majestic St Giles’ Cathedral (High Street): free to enter but for an extra £6 you can climb up to the roof and take in another breath-taking view over Edinburgh.
- Museum of Childhood (42 High Street): Find your inner child in this free museum.
- Fudge Kitchen (30 High Street) and Fudge House (197 Canongate): Romantically feed each other pieces of fudge or just see how this sweeter-than-sweet British confectionary is professionally made.
- The People’s Story Museum (163 Canongate): Another free museum in a 1591 building providing visitors with an insight view of how people used to live in Edinburgh in the past.
3.30pm: Stop for cake at Clarinda’s Tea Room (69 Canongate) – endorsed as the best team room in Edinburgh on travel blog Mint Notion. Tasty treats, a good tea selection and cosy interiors like in your grandma’s living room will leave your mind and tummy happy.
4.30pm: As you reach the end of Royal Mile take a look at Palace of Holyroodhouse (Canongate) – the official residence of the Queen in Scotland – and if you are early, you might go in as well for a visit (last admission: November-25 March: 3.15pm, 26 March-31 October: 4:30). Opposite you can admire the architecture of the Scottish Parliament and maybe take a free tour of the inside (advance online booking recommended).
5.00pm: Next to Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament you spot a big hill a.k.a. Arthur’s Seat. Going up the big hill will take you about 2 hours, so maybe choose heading up the path around Salisbury Crags instead, which will take you about 30min. From up there you can watch a beautiful sunset over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Sunset times may vary.
7.00pm: For dinner we suggest Stockbridge’s Magnum Restaurant (1 Albany Street) which serves upscale Scottish cuisine prepared from the finest local ingredients in an unpretentious environment. Highly raved about on TripAdvisor it offers Fountain Court guests 15% discount on food.
9.00pm: Put on your finest evening wear and consume a sophisticated cocktail at Tigerlily (125 George Street). A posh New Town bar which is frequented by the odd celebrity and Edinburgh’s rich and beautiful. P.S. If you crave another nibble, Fountain Court guest’s receive 20% off food.
The morning after: If you decide to stay with us, our Romance Package includes a 2pm late checkout. So after yesterday’s busy schedule, you can enjoy a well-deserved lay-in with your significant other.
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