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10 Places for a Romantic Rendezvous in Edinburgh

by Natalie French

If you’re in search of a weekend destination for lusty debauchery and, perhaps even the first flutters of love – Edinburgh can provide. This city is sexy: from the dramatic silhouette of the old town dotted with medieval turrets and spires, and the fairytale castle perched on the horizon; to the heart-racing strut up Arthur’s Seat for a knock-out 360 degree view. Throw in kilt-clad men (pants optional); free-flowing booze (over 200 pubs); and a ludicrously lavish hotel with show-stealing roll-top bath - and you have the perfect first-time escape for newly acquainted couples.

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The Witchery by the Castle

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Witchery by the Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

For a night of pure un-adulterated passion, check into the Witchery. This opulent lust den lies hidden, just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh castle off the cobble-stoned Royal Mile. With just eight suites to choose from, I plumped for the Old Rectory – offering up lashings of drama, in the form of a huge gothic bed; flamboyant red décor and array of quirky antiques. The ultimate climax, however, is the ridiculously sexy, silver roll-top bath which sits seductively in the centre of the red and gilt leather walls of the bathroom. Big enough for two - just make sure the complimentary bottle of champagne is within reach. Book in advance, as suites are snapped up months ahead of time.

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

After a huge transformation last year, the National Museum of Scotland, on Chamber Street, is a great place to lose yourselves in and best of all, it won’t cost you a penny. The building alone is beautiful, and you can size up each other’s IQs, whilst pondering the universe and the origins of life in the Earth in Space gallery. If you feel your date is more ‘Joey Essex’ than Einstein, it may be better to roam child-like amongst life-size animals in the Natural World galleries.

Royal Botanic Garden

Inverleith Row, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

The Botanic Gardens offer the perfect spot for a romantic stroll or the chance to walk off any sniff of a hangover. Marvel at the monkey puzzle trees; chill in the Chinese hillside garden or raise your temperatures in the stunning Victorian glass house, home to some of the largest palms in Britain. Take note from the locals and head to the John Hope Gateway Restaurant, for a cracking brunch spot. Phone ahead to reserve a seat on the terrace for a beautiful green vista to accompany a mean Scottish Breakfast including extras like Hornigs West Lothian black pudding, haggis and tattie scone.

Guerlain Spa

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Guerlain Spa, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

After hours of hiking around the cobbled streets, why not reward yourselves with a little customised pamper sesh at Edinburgh’s sophisticated new spa. The elegant Guerlain Spa is fresh on Scottish soil and is said to be on par with its prestigious Parisian counterpart. Opt for a two and a half hour Orchidee Imperiale Prestige Treatment and you’ll both emerge with velvety soft skin and a natural glow – leaving you in perfect nick should things heat up later!

The Boat House

22 High Street, South Queensferry, Edinburgh

The Boat House, 22 High Street, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

If you’re looking to impress, hop on a bus to The Boat House in South Queensferry. It’s so popular you can’t book, so arrive early and keep everything crossed. Any delays can be remedied in the cocktail bar upstairs. Once seated in the bistro, all you need to do is drink in the view of the Firth of Forth through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The two iconic bridges will steal the limelight as you feast on super-fresh sea food. The mussels are always a winner, but you can’t beat fish and chips by the shore. Or if you want to up your chances, order the oysters!

Edinburgh Zoo

Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

There is something quite weird about a whole nation’s obsessing with copulating pandas. But then again, everyone loves a good ‘will they, won’t they?’ storyline. Sent on loan from China, on a ten-year conservation programme, the two Giant Pandas have an annual 36-hour window to ‘get it on’. Although there was some definite flirting going on last time, Yang Guang failed to get Tian Tian pregnant – so the love story continues... Join hoards of people for a peek of what looks remarkably like two people in panda-suits, as they chomp their way through a small forest of bamboo – a surreal, but entertaining experience. And who knows, next year there may be the first pitter patter of Scottish baby panda feet.

Contini Ristorante

103 George Street, Edinburgh

Contini Ristorante, 103 George Street, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

They say ‘pasta is the food of love’, so fill your boots at Edinburgh’s poshest Italian. Situated on stylish George Street, Centotre serves up uber-fresh Italian food and a buzzing atmosphere. Dine beneath tall Georgian ceilings, dotted with pretty chandeliers, whilst scoffing delights such as home-made ravioli and Scottish calamari, or my favourite - the Platta Della Nonna – a hot and cold antipasti for two.

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