A blog about Valentine’s Day already? We know what you’re thinking. It’s too soon. You haven’t even conquered Christmas and already you’re feeling the pressure to plan the ultimate Valentine’s Day. But before you know it, Christmas will be over, Hogmanay nothing more than a distant (albeit hazy) memory and every restaurant, hotel and bunch of long-stem roses in the city will be booked up. So if you’re looking for romantic things to do this Valentine’s Day, or have some serious making up to do after an impromptu three-week Christmas visit from your relatives, why not spoil that special someone with our easy guide to falling in love all over again.
L: Look To The Heavens
Let’s face it. It doesn’t get more romantic than a night huddled up together under the stars. But it can get pretty chilly in Edinburgh in February. And while that’s not really a problem for die-hard romantics looking to snuggle up on a cold winter night, unless you want to spend the next two weeks fighting the flu, we suggest a trip to the Royal Observatory instead. Located at the top of Blackford Hill, the observatory runs regular Astronomy Evenings which are perfect for a couple of love crazed couples looking for a romantic star-gazing evening in the heart (and warmth) of Edinburgh.
O: Open Your Heart, Not Your Wallet
Your bank balance is finally starting to recover from Christmas, when Valentine’s Day comes round to undo all your hard work. More flowers. More presents. More money. Skimp out on the romance, and you’ll pay for it later. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Edinburgh, ditch the overpriced flowers and take in the many free sights instead. Spend a day at the National Museum of Scotland, master the art of freeloading at the National Galleries of Scotland, visit Edinburgh’s beloved Greyfriars Bobby or draw the line on love at the Scottish Writers Museum. No matter what you plan to do, showing the love is sure to pay off.
V: Visit The Sites
If your significant other is a history buff/conspiratorialist, why not play tour guide for the day. Not only is Edinburgh a World Heritage Site, it is also home to some of the most beautiful and elaborate ruins, relics and conspiracy theories known to man. In other words, perfect for someone on the hunt for romantic things to do in Edinburgh. From the ancient castle overlooking the city, to Calton Hill and the Royal Mile, history abounds in every nook and cranny. Why not trek up Arthur’s Seat, take the Harry Potter trail or crack the Da Vinci Code at Rosslyn Chapel?
E: Eat Your Heart Out
If the perfect way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, then Edinburgh is a city to dine for. Especially over Valentine’s Day. With an endless supply of award-winning restaurants, trendy cafes and traditional bars, Edinburgh is a culinary delight dishing up the best local and international fare. So if you’re looking for romantic things to do in Edinburgh, why not dish up a hearty serving of romance in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.