Unusual Date Ideas In Edinburgh

Love is in the air in the city this month as we approach the most romantic time of the year once again. But if like us, you are no longer satisfied with a card and a box of chocolates and are on the hunt for something a little different, then look no further. Here are our top 5 unusual dates ideas to try in Edinburgh this Valentine’s Day.

Couple on rooftop at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions


Doodles Pottery Painting

Looking for a more hands-on date, head to Doodles Ceramics in Marchmont, Edinburgh’s longest established "paint your own" pottery studio. Doodles provide a fun, relaxed environment where you can let your creativity run wild. When decorating pottery together, there are hundreds of pottery items and glazed paints to choose from, gift ideas for all occasions, parties for all events and helpful friendly staff to provide you with all the advice and guidance you need on creating the perfect artwork. Why not get even more creative and make your item from scratch! Doodles also offer clay workshops where they will help you make pinch, coil, slab, imprint and throw your own ceramics. These workshops range from informal "play with clay" sessions to hand building tutor led classes and even throwing workshops. 


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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

For the most unusual and mind-bending date, pay us a visit at Camera Obscura. With five floors and over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits, we have something to entertain everyone. Not to mention, lots of great photo opportunities for you to create lots of great memories of your special day. A swirling light vortex; a maze of mirrors; a chance to swap noses with your partner; see yourself grow, shrink, and stretch; play eye-spy with our city viewcams; and mess with your mind with brilliant visual effects! High above this World Heritage Site, our Rooftop Terrace offers a blockbuster panorama of Edinburgh’s famous attractions. It’s an unbeatable vantage point, unless you’ve packed a hot air balloon in your suitcase. It has often become a favourite proposal spot, so if you are planning on getting down on one knee this Valentine’s Day this may be the perfect place


Image Credit: https://www.camera-obscura.co.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Scotsman Picture House

Located beneath Edinburgh's famous Scotsman Hotel, The Scotsman Picture House is an intimate take on a big screen experience. Feel transported back to the golden age of Hollywood glamour and cinema with the 48 leather armchair seats, nestled between individual tables and classic empire lamps. Intended for adults only, it’s the perfect date location to relax and enjoy your Valentine’s Day in peace. It boasts a varied and eclectic film schedule including everything from the latest releases to cult classics as well as its beautiful surroundings.

Image Credit: https://scotsmanpicturehouse.co.uk


The Lookout By Gardener's Cottages

After working up an appetite and you are ready for a romantic meal, pay a visit to The Lookout. A beautiful restaurant brought to you by the team behind The Gardener’s Cottage. Its location atop Calton Hill, combined with its floor-to-ceiling windows and city views, it makes for an ideal setting for a date to remember. The emphasis of The Lookout’s elevated dining is on ethically sourced, fine ingredients that showcase the best of Scotland's larder. Their menus are crafted using the best seasonal ingredients from their favourite producers and change regularly. Whether for a sun-lit lunch date or a candle-lit dinner, this location with provide the romantic setting you need for a memorable Valentine’s Day.

Image Credit: https://www.thelookoutedinburgh.co


Afternoon Tea At The Signet Library

If the smell of books, leather armchairs and earl-grey is more your cup of tea, consider visiting the Colonnades at the Signet Library for ‘Edinburgh’s finest afternoon tea’ and delicious cocktails and fizz. The building’s serene atmosphere is just a few paces away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street and Colonnades is set within the beautiful surroundings of the Lower Library which has been meticulously restored to its former glory. Like Camera Obscura, the Signet library gives its visitors a rare opportunity to spend time in one of the spectacular buildings in the Capital’s the Royal Mile. The space is lined by tall columns by the gallery’s ornate balustrades, giving your getaway an elevated level of opulence. Whilst you are there you will be invited to enjoy some of the finest food and drink in Scotland as you experience a bygone era of fine dining.

Image Credit: https://www.thesignetlibrary.co.uk/colonnades/afternoon-tea/

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