Cool Places: Romantic Edinburgh

Cool Places: Romantic Edinburgh

Edinburgh is perhaps the most handsome city in the United Kingdom, argues Cool Places, and the perfect place for a romantic short break

Edinburgh isn't a hard place to feel romantic: a handsome city of views and vistas, where it's easy to feel good about being alive, particularly if you're here with your loved one. With the help of our friends at www.coolplaces.co.uk, we've come up with a few suggestions for the ultimate amorous weekend break.

Sleep

Edinburgh -hotelmissoni -hotels -1030-large SquareHotel Missoni

Great views and a a big slice of Italian glamour at this contemporary boutique bolthole bang in the city centre.

1 George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1AD


Edinburgh -witchery -apartments -self -catering -1040-large SquareThe Witchery Apartments

Could there be a more decadent place to stay than these Baroque, sexy suites right by the castle?

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH12NF

 

Eat

Ondine -eat -drink -restaurants -gastro -pubs -large SquareOndine

There's perhaps nothing more romantic than feasting on champagne and seafood, and the oyster bar here is a fab place to perch on a stool and do just that.

2 George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1AD

Edinburgh -witchery -by -the -castle -restaurants -gastro -pubs -926-large SquareSecret Garden at the Witchery

Like the rooms, there's hardly a more secluded, unique or indeed aesthetically alluring place to eat in the city - it might have been designed with illicit liaisons in mind.

Castlehill Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 2NF

Edinburgh -restaurant -martin -wishart -restaurants -gastro -pubs -907-large SquareRestaurant Marin Wishart

The hushed tones and cutting-edge décor fit the bill perfectly, as does the food, which is inventive and surprising and best of all delicious.  A place to spoil yourself.

55 The Shore Leith Edinburgh EH6 6RA

Drink

Edinburgh -bramble -bar -bars -pubs -882-large SquareBramble Bar

Smart cocktail bar right in the New Town with lots of snug booths for discreet smooching. Great cocktails too.

16A Queen Street Edinburgh EH2 1JE

 

See

Edinburgh -arthurs -seat -parks -gardens -930-large SquareArthur's Seat

There's a scene in the recent love story movie 'One Day' that features Arthur's Seat, and it truly is the most romantic spot, a place to dream while looking down onto the city and beyond.

Holyrood Park

Edinburgh -dundas -street -museums -galleries -945-large SquareDundas Street

Slick contemporary galleries and offbeat shops make this a New Town street to browse, fantasize and generally soak up Edinburgh's cultural vibe - even to shop if you're well-heeled enough.

Extending from Hanover Street, beginning from Heriot Row 

Edinburgh -south -queensferry -beaches -1000-large SquareSouth Queensferry

The place for long, lingering views of both Forth bridges - and a nice spot for a stroll and or a boat trip to the ruined medieval abbey on the nearby island of Inchcolm.

15 minutes by train from Edinburgh Waverley station

Edinburgh -water -of -leith -walks -1008-largeWater of Leith

Sometimes green and secluded, occasionally scruffy and urban, this is a lovely walk, and a wonderful way to get to Leith, punctuated by Anthony Gormley sculptures along the way.

The most interesting section for visitors is between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Stockbridge

Magazine -cool _places _ready Cool Places is a new website devoted to selecting and celebrating the best of UK travel, whether you're booking a last-minute weekend away or looking for ideas for next year's holiday. They cover the UK's best places to stay, from stunningly located campsites to cosy boutique hotels, great gastropubs and restaurants to beachside cafés, and the country's quirkiest independent shops and markets. Check it out, and add your own local favourites.

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