Great Places to Propose in Edinburgh
he capital’s stunning views, charming architecture and scenic nooks make Edinburgh a perfect destination for those looking to pop the all important question. informedEdinburgh presents a rundown of the top places to sweep your loved one up off of their feet and propose in style…
For something set apart from the crowds milling around the city centre, The Shore in Leith has an enticing selection of intimate bars and award winning restaurants lining the attractive quayside. Celebrate your good news with a quiet drink while you watch the world float on by.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Flowers are a time-honoured ingredient for romance, and where better to surround yourself with a glorious array of exotic and traditional blooms than the Royal Botanic Gardens. With gardens representing a variety of themes and regions, there’s a colourful corner to suit every taste – and if the weather’s not the best, the glasshouses offer a cosy indoor option.
Princes Street Gardens
During the summer months the garden becomes an oasis of calm in an otherwise bustling city centre. A great place for an intimate picnic, the area boasts stunning views of the castle in one direction, the distinctive Scott Monument and Balmoral hotel in the other. A winter wonderland springs up during the festive season, the twinkling lights and Christmas market invoking a decidedly romantic atmosphere around the gardens.
Perhaps something of a cliche, Calton Hill nevertheless deserves its reputation as one of the most romantic spots to propose in Edinburgh. The unrivaled views over the city and imposing monuments on the summit provide an excellent chance of a memorable proposal, while those of a more private nature may appreciate the opportunities offered by the various walks circling the slopes.
St Bernards Well
Situated in the picturesque village of Stockbridge, St. Bernard’s Well was once famed for the healing properties of its mineral water. The Roman temple structure stands at the bottom of a deep wooded valley, the Water of Leith rushing below. The well has unfortunately been closed since 1940, but still makes the perfect place to get down on one knee in front of.
For something more adventurous, why not check out this network of unexplained underground tunnels in the Gilmerton area of the city? Numerous investigators have tried to discover the purpose of this warren, each failing to establish the reason the hand carved passageways were built. Lose yourself in the darkness before surprising your loved one as you emerge into dazzling light. Whether you unravel the secret or not, you’re sure to have an unforgettable day.
3 Places to Avoid
Arthur’s Seat - Granted, the views are phenomenal, but your lady love won’t be able to see them, or your ring, with her hair being blown all over her face…
The Royal Mile - Only advisable if you want your special moment captured on 3 million tourist cameras.
The Castle at 1′o clock - Nothing ruins a proposal quite like a cannon being fired right in the middle of it.