With Valentine’s only days away, we’re sharing some of Edinburgh’s dreamiest locations perfect for surprising your loved one with a spontaneous (not last-minute) date.
Edinburgh is nothing if not magical. It’s historic centre and beauteous surrounding areas are full of hidden quirks and quiet spots ideal for spending some quality time with your significant other this Valentine’s Day. Let us inspire you with our top 5…
1. Victoria Terrace
Overlooking the wonderful Victoria Street, Victoria Terrace is a sweet stone walkway that gives an unrivalled view of the undeniably magical street that once inspired Diagon Alley in the well-known franchise, Harry Potter. With an abundance of surrounding bars and restaurants its an ideal date night destination, whilst retaining a surprisingly quaint feel in the very heart of Edinburgh Old Town.
2. La Barantine
If you look closely from the top of Victoria Terrace, you’ll spy the Eiffel Tower full of heart-shaped macarons sparkling in the window of authentic French bakery, La Barantine. The family owned brand have been handcrafting traditional French breads, pastries and patisseries for 9 years, expanding across Edinburgh with their cosy coffee shops. Ideal for a romantic date, pop in over the next few days and share one of their heart-shaped raspberry choux, this year’s Valentine’s dessert special.
3. Dean Village
A true fairytale in the modern age, Dean Village is surreal. Best accessed through the lush and seasonal Dean Gardens, the village itself far outdates its neighbouring Victorian destination. With the Water of Leith walkway running straight through it’s heart you can easily spend hours exploring, taking time on the stone bridge to watch the abundance of wildlife to be seen in the water (including one illusive otter we are yet to spot ourselves). There’s a reason our most popular photoshoot session is centred around this magical place, and better still it’s suitable for all kinds of plan - be it a peaceful weekend stroll or an unforgettable proposal.
4. Duddingston Loch
One often forgotten feature of Edinburgh is Duddingston Loch. If you’re short on time and don’t fancy a drive to the Highlands, the Loch in the capital is a mere 10 minute journey from the city centre, making it a fine substitute. With a breathtaking view of the far side of Arthur’s Seat, and an abundance of graceful swans residing in the calm water, it’s a ready made scene for romance. Be sure to visit Scotland’s oldest surviving public house, The Sheep Heid Inn, which dates back to 1360 and can be found nestled in the centre of this charming place. And to top it all off, there’s even a secret garden - Dr. Neil’s Garden is considered one of Scotland’s finest, full of history and inspiration for you and your loved one to enjoy.
5. Newhaven Lighthouse
Our fifth - and quite possibly our most favourite - location to name is Newhaven. The seaside promenade and Victorian lighthouse were the setting for our own proposal scene in September 2019, and will hold a significant place in our hearts for years to come. But if it’s chips you’re after, not a ring, you’ll find the very best here. Newhaven has several fish finds for a tasty dinner date, but we personally recommend a takeaway tray to enjoy whilst watching the sunset from the end of the lighthouse pier.
So whatever your Valentine’s Day plans may be, we hope to have inspired a visit or two to some of our most loved locations in Edinburgh. And if you wish to have your romantic moment captured by us, we still have some last minute availability for Valentine sessions over the next few days. Get in touch to find out more!
Happy Valentine's Day,
Rose + Julien