A Perfect Edinburgh Proposal

Rose outside Fingal

Love is in the air this Valentine's Day with many undoubtedly planning to make one of the biggest commitments and propose to their Valentine. With its Instagram-ready cobbled streets and stunning architecture, Edinburgh is the perfect backdrop to get down on one knee, but where exactly should you pop the question? Read on for our top recommendations.

If your future fiancé is not scared of public displays of affection, there are no better views to be found than up Arthur’s Seat. An ancient volcano, the panoramic views need to be seen to be believed. If you’d rather not be potentially out of breath, Calton Hill has just as beautiful an outlook as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some stunning sunrises and sunsets but with a greatly reduced step count to get there.

Image: VisitScotland and Kenny Lam

Image: Stunning views from Calton Hill - VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

If you are looking for more of a private proposal, luxury floating hotel, Fingal, couldn’t be better suited. The crew offer a warm welcome, putting your nerves to restand will help you get the moment just right with The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar, a great spot to enjoy an Afternoon Tea for two or to relax with a dinner of exquisite dishes you’ll remember for a lifetime. You can even hire the former command centre on board, the Bridge exclusively for just you two. If you are looking to, excuse the pun, ‘push the boat out’, you can extend your celebrations with a stay in one of the luxurious cabins, full of curves, contours and beautiful nautical touches. 

Couple in the Bar aboard Fingal

Image: A couple in The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar aboard Fingal

A short distance from the city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has a proposal package that guarantees a magical moment. Set away from the path under the canopy of the giant redwoods, you can enjoy your 30-minute time slot for privacy, then with all the nerves vanished with the answer of yes, sit down to a luxurious Afternoon Tea complete with a glass of fizz served either as a picnic or in the Terrace Café. Take home a natural bouquet and a guidebook as a keepsake of this momentous event.

John Muir Grove - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Image: John Muir Grove - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

For a proposal straight out of a film, the Scotsman Hotel has its own picture house, available for private hire. Choose your picture feature and carefully select the moment to ask that all important question. Just like in 'The Godfather', make them an offer they can’t refuse!

Scotsman Hotel Cinema

Image: The beautiful cinema inside the Scotsman Hotel

Whilst unfortunately it is a myth that a Captain can marry a couple, during the 21 years Britannia has been open as a top visitor attraction, we have welcomed numerous couples aboard who have chosen the Britannia bell as their spot for an engagement.  Combined with stunning waterfront views, this is the ideal location for any Royal fan, especially with its close proximity to the Royal Deck Tea Room where you can celebrate with a scone and a glass of Champagne or two!

Image: Couple on the Verandah Deck aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia