10 Things to Do in Edinburgh For Couples For A Perfect Day Out

Activities to Do in Edinburgh For Couples

1. Hike Arthur’s Seat 
Visit Edinburgh Castle
Enjoy Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour
Have fun at Camera Obscura
Take a stroll in the Royal Botanic Garden
Walk along the Water of Leith path
Watch the sunset from Calton Hill 
Visit the Dunbar's Close Garden
Take a Canal Boat Cruise
 Stargazing at the Royal Observatory

There are numerous things to do in Edinburgh for couples that make their trip special. From visiting the fascinating castles and unique pubs to indulging in the renowned whiskey and ghost stories, Edinburgh offers some of the best activities to strengthen their bonds and spend some quality time together. All these activities in Edinburgh make up for the perfect date that you will cherish for a lifetime.

One of the best things to do in Edinburgh for couples is hiking on Arthur’s Seat and witnessing the captivating aerial views of the entire city and its surroundings. Paying a visit to Edinburgh Castle and walking along the Water of Leith are some of the other romantic ways to explore the history and admire the beauty of the city with your beloved. You can also watch the setting sun below the horizon from Calton Hill or go for a romantic walk with your loved one in the Royal Botanic Garden. 

Here are some of the best things to do in Edinburgh for couples:

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Visit Edinburgh Castle

  • Paying a visit to Edinburgh Castle is another one of the best things to do in Edinburgh for couples. 
  • You can explore the Castle while holding your loved one’s hand.
  • Click lovely pictures with your partner at this historic marvel and live your history romance fantasies.
  • On your visit to this attraction, you can see the refurbished rooms and the Scottish crown jewels as it was in medieval times.

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom.

Friday to Wednesday- 9.30 am to 4 pm
              Thursday- 9.30 am to 5 pm

Entry Fees:
From GBP 11 to GBP 21 

Enjoy Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

  • If you want to dive into the magic and mystery on your romantic trip, you can opt for the Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour.
  • Through this tour, couples can discover and explore the very place where the famous characters of Harry Potter were born. 
  • Visiting the Elephant Coffee house and sipping a cup of coffee is one of the most astonishing activities in Edinburgh for couples, especially if you or your partner is a potterhead. It is where JK Rowling wrote the legendary Harry Potter books. 
  • This activity will definitely make you feel nostalgic about your childhood with your beloved on the streets of Edinburgh.

Entry Fees:
Approx GBP 14.95

Have Fun At Camera Obscura

  • Getting a little crazy with the funky interactive exhibitions at Camera Obscura is among the most adventurous things to do in Edinburgh for couples.
  • You can also explore the wonderful and whimsical illusions caused by light, sound, and movement in the Camera Obscura.
  • The mirror tricks at the attraction will leave you in awe of its magnificence.

The Royal Mile, 549 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, United Kingdom.

Timing: Wednesday to Thursday - 9.30 am to 7pm 
              Friday to Tuesday - 9 am to 10 pm 

Entry Fees: From GBP 15.95 to GBP 20.95 

Take A Stroll In The Royal Botanic Garden

  • For a romantic day out with your significant other, you can take a stroll in the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
  • Stopping at the garden and being in the beautiful fragrance of lakhs of flowers is one of the best things to do in Edinburgh for couples.
  • It is advisable to pay a visit to one of the greenhouses in the Royal Botanic Garden if you are fond of plant conservation. 
  • You can even impress your date with their favorite flowers in the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ, United Kingdom.

Timing: 10 am to 3.15 pm

Walk Along The Water Of Leith path

  • Among the other activities in Edinburgh for couples, walking along the Water of Leith is a fantastic way to add to the romance between you and your beloved.
  • While walking, you can explore the luscious garden and tranquil lifestyle near the edge of the water.
  • You will also come across the Dean Village, Royal Botanic Garden, and Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.
  • A variety of animals and birds can be easily spotted in this area as the path has been conserved for wildlife.

Central Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Hike Arthur’s Seat

  • Hiking Arthur’s Seat is one of the most athletic things to do in Edinburgh for couples to capture the sweeping bird’s eye views of the entire city.
  • It is a wonderful way to take your beloved on an active date by walking up a set of intensely steep stairs or moving forward on a more meandering path.
  • After reaching the top of the hill, you can witness the beautiful sunset from Arthur’s Seat and admire the beauty of the surroundings while holding the hands of your loved one.

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Watch The Sunset From Calton Hill

  • If you are looking for things to do in Edinburgh for couples then you must go to Calton Hill and watch the gorgeous sunset.
  • After climbing to the top of the hill, you can find a relaxing place to sit with your loved one and admire the sinking sun below the horizon.
  • You can also catch the captivating views of the cityscape and the famous attractions, like Arthur’s Seat and the Royal Mile, from the top.
  • You can even pay a visit to the National Monument of Scotland after the sunset to infuse your date with a bit of culture and history.


Visit The Dunbar's Close Garden

  • If you are looking for a beautiful spot to woo your beloved or want to spend some peaceful time with your partner, then you must pay a visit to Dunbar’s Close Garden.
  • Take a stroll while holding hands with your loved one and explore the gardens.
  • Enjoy the gorgeous and peaceful settings under the canopy of shrubs and trees and have a picnic while getting immersed in the melodies of the chirping birds.  
  • You can also buy gifts for each other from the shops lining the garden.

137 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BW, United Kingdom.

7 am to 4.30 pm

Take A Canal Boat Cruise

  • If you and your beloved like to soak in the tranquility and enjoy the evening breezes, you should take a Canal Boat Cruise.
  • During this tour, you get to see the major attractions of the city from a different perspective.
  • It is one of the best things to do in Edinburgh for couples as you can witness the gorgeous views of the “three bridges”, namely Inchcolm Island, Forth Bridge, and medieval abbey.
  • You can also relish an afternoon tea experience or enjoy a Juniper tasting cruise to try out the delicious Scottish gins.

Stargazing At The Royal Observatory

  • Stargazing at the Royal Observatory is one of the most beautiful things to do in Edinburgh for couples.
  • Learn about the history of the observation center while taking a tour of the astronomy buildings.
  • You can observe the opulent interiors and enchanting architecture while walking by this beautiful attraction.
  • Couples can also attend events or programs that allow them to explore the skies in the Royal Observatory. 

Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom. 

Monday to Friday- 7 am to 7 pm 

People Also Ask About Edinburgh

  1. What are the best activities to do in Edinburgh for couples?

    1. Go for an early morning hike to Arthur’s Sea
    2. Take a romantic walk up to the Royal Mile
    3. Indulge in a romantic interlude in the Edinburgh Castle
    4. Enjoy a picnic in one of the beautiful gardens or parks in Edinburgh
    5. Admire the lively scenery in Leith
    6. Partake in the day trips to the surrounding areas of Edinburgh
  2. What is the most romantic place to visit in Edinburgh?

    Arthur’s Seat is one of the most romantic places to visit in Edinburgh, which is a beautiful hill located in the heart of the city. An early morning hike to this place is among the best things to do in Edinburgh for couples as they get a chance to get a sneak peek into the beautiful views of the entire city. Watching the Firth of Forth and the Kingdom of Fife from Arthur’s Seat are also remarkable things to do in Edinburgh for couples.
  3. Why is the Royal Botanic Garden famous?

    Royal Botanic Garden is famous because of its beautiful landscapes. People are attracted to this tourist destination in Edinburgh due to its significant and unparalleled contribution to the plant diversity. Witnessing and walking along the vast collection of living plants, conserved plants, and documents hand in hand with your beloved in the Royal Botanic Garden is one of the best things to do in Edinburgh for couples.
  4. How to reach Edinburgh?

    By Air- You can take a flight from anywhere in the world to Edinburgh Airport. Some of the airlines that operate on these routes are Air Canada, Delta Airlines, Etihad Airways, and Virgin Airlines.

    By Rail- Train is one of the best options to travel to Edinburgh from Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, or Newcastle. 

    By Road- Bus services are readily available between the neighboring cities and Edinburgh. You can opt among Citylink, Megabus, and National Express bus services to reach Edinburgh.
  5. How many days do you need to explore Edinburgh?

    A minimum of two to three days are enough to explore Edinburgh. Within this time frame, you can take a complete tour of the city and its major attractions, like Edinburgh Castle and the Holyrood Palace. You can even indulge in activities in Edinburgh for couples, such as a whisky or ghost shorty tour, or climbing Arthur’s Seat.
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