PLANNING AN EDINBURGH PROPOSAL?
9th January 2017
Popping the question is a thrilling experience; in equal parts exciting and scary. It’s the emotional equivalent of a skydive or bungee jump – you just have to take the leap.
From choosing the right ring and where in Scotland’s stunning capital to go down on one knee, to getting groomed and dressed for the occasion, there’s a lot to cover. But rather than stressing about it, do the legwork and make sure you’re ready to wow. That way, when the day comes, you can focus on enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime moment. Our guide maps out some of Edinburgh’s finest landmarks, hotels, restaurants, bars, boutiques and barbers, and more; to help you plan for the perfect proposal – and hopefully a resounding ‘Yes!’
Click on the locations with capital letters on the map for more details about each one, or scroll down to the information below.
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
For nature fans, no other place in the city centre beats the stunning views and fresh air of Arthur’s Seat. This ancient volcano is located in Holyrood Park, right in the middle of Edinburgh, a stone’s throw from the Scottish Parliament Building (‘Holyrood’), and The Palace of Holyroodhouse – HRM the Queen’s official residence when she stays Scotland.
Insider Tip: Leave your other half breathless by proposing at the Arthur’s Seat summit. But first take a stroll around the lake near the top, with its nesting swans, to set the mood.
39 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP
T: 0131 225 1141
From origins that began in a gent’s hairdressers in 1965, Charlie Miller has developed into a leading multi-salon brand that’s all about style, quality and creativity. They’re home to a host of experienced, friendly stylists who’ll listen to and interpret your needs before creating a look that reflects you and can be easily recreated at home.
Insider Tip: Proposing is one of the most important moments of your life, so make sure you look and feel great. With our help you’ll be fully prepared as you enjoy our one-to-one consultation, relaxing head massage, and haircut
Chop House Leith
102 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6AW
T: 0131 629 1919
Situated in the shore area of Edinburgh, Chop House Leith is a ‘Best-of-British’ steak restaurant with a strong focus on quality steak, wines from around the world and exceptional cocktails. At night the candles are lit and the stylish interior transforms into a cosy and relaxed hub – the perfect setting for a delicious steak dinner with your favourite person.
Insider Tip: For that special occasion, treat yourself to the Surf & Turf sharing dish with 500g chateaubriand & half a lobster. Afterwards take a stroll along the beautifully lit shore area of Leith.
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG
T: 0131 225 9846
Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the city’s skyline from its position on extinct volcano Castle Rock. Among the neighbouring Royal Apartments is the bedchamber where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI, who went on to unite the crowns of Scotland and England in 1603.
Insider Tip: If you’re looking for an iconic Edinburgh proposal location that’s steeped in the city’s rich history, the Caste is it. Get down on one knee with all of Edinburgh at your feet, then continue the romance and celebrate with a candlelit dinner and champagne at the Old Town’s atmospheric bars and restaurants.
134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS
T: 0131 334 9171
Opened in 1913, Edinburgh Zoo is situated three miles to the west of the city centre. Apart from being home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out at the Zoo. They’ve got a busy programme of events and activities – ranging from keeper talks to hands-on animal encounters.
Insider Tip: Fancy doing something different? Proposing to your partner during the penguin parade is guaranteed to impress any animal lover.
Head & Tales
1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD
T: 0131 656 2811
Heads & Tales is one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems, nestled underground at Rutland Place in Edinburgh’s West End, just waiting to be discovered. Home to two Edinburgh Gin stills – Flora and Caledonia – this unique and stylish bar boasts a cosy atmosphere and offers the ideal setting for an intimate date.
Insider Tip: Get your loved one in the mood by taking them to one of our gin masterclasses, followed by a romantic date in a private booth.
Custom Lane, Customs Wharf, Edinburgh, EH6 6PL
T: 0131 554 9177
Crowned Retailer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2016, Kestin Hare offers clothing with a focus on local manufacture, craftsmanship and high-quality materials. Beautifully displayed on custom-made fittings are Hare’s own-brand wool coats and trousers, knitted jumpers, jerseys and cotton shirts in a rich palette of dark greens, blues and greys.
Insider Tip: Putting some thought into your proposal attire is vital, so don’t be afraid to dress the part and look the best you can. Knowing that you look immaculate will help ease the jitters.
Priestfield Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 5UT
T: 0131 225 7800
Prestonfield House is Edinburgh’s most luxurious and charming five-star boutique hotel, exuding an unrivalled, opulent and individual style. Built in 1687 as the grand, baroque home of Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Prestonfield features a collection of stunning private dining rooms, lavish salons, a whisky bar and historic public rooms perfect for afternoon tea.
Insider Tip: Book one of our luxury rooms, furnished in our trademark style with rich, warm colours, and sensuously fabrics, making them the most indulgent and romantic five-star rooms in the city.
Restaurant Martin Wishart
54 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
T: 0131 553 3557
Since opening his restaurant in Edinburgh’s Leith in 1999, Martin Wishart has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s most highly respected chefs. More than a decade later, the Michelin star restaurant continues to bring the very best traditional and modern French cuisine to Edinburgh, using only the finest Scottish ingredients.
Insider Tip: Impress your other half with a fine dining experience at this Edinburgh institution. There are some truly divine treats in store, especially if you take the plunge and try the six course tasting menu.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Arboretum Place/Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ
T: 0131 248 2909
Just over a mile from the city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers peace and tranquillity among 72 acres of stunning scenery. The garden has fantastic views of the capital’s skyline, including Edinburgh Castle. A visit to the glasshouses is a highlight, starting at the Victorian Temperate Palm House – one of the tallest traditional palm houses ever built.
Insider Tip: Pop the question on the serene Chinese Hillside, in the world-famous Rock Garden, or among the awe-inspiring Giant Redwood trees in the Woodland Garden.
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
T: 0131 541 2209
As an award-winning luxury jeweller, ROX has built an enviable reputation for offering diamond engagement rings that are second-to-none. Each ring contains the most exquisite, handpicked diamonds, and is designed entirely in-house, making it unique and exclusive to ROX.
Insider Tip: Not sure what kind of ring to choose? Come speak to one of our specialists and tell us about your partner’s personality and style – we’re sure to find the perfect ring. A little insight from their mum or best friend always helps too.
23 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QS
T: 0131 225 8962
Ruffians is an award-winning barber shop, men’s toiletries store and lifestyle destination. With a focus on high-quality haircuts, beard trims and cut-throat shaves, Ruffians is dedicated to creating an enjoyable and relaxing customer experience.
Insider Tip: Pamper yourself and calm your proposal nerves at the same time. Sit back and relax with a dram of whisky, while we get you groomed and ready to pop the question.
East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 2EJ
T: 0131 529 4068
If your partner’s a lover of literature, why not pop the question at the top of the Scott Monument? This beautiful gothic structure, designed by George Meikle Kemp, is over 200 feet tall, making it the world’s largest monument to a writer. With 287 steps to the top, the climb isn’t for the faint-hearted – but the breathtaking view of the city is worth the effort. Check if you can spot the 64 statues of Sir Walter Scott’s book characters on your way up.
Insider Tip: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and have a plan B up your sleeve. Strong winds can shut this popular, city-centre attraction down.
125 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN
T: 0131 225 5005
Step into Tigerlily, Edinburgh’s most talked-about boutique hotel, bar and restaurant, renowned for its dazzling array of tantalising cocktails, mouth-watering menus and moreish desserts. Let Tigerlily’s award-winning chefs and bar staff take care of your every whim, come breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Insider Tip: When planning your proposal, phone ahead and talk to us. We can help arrange a variety of ways to ask and/or celebrate. From a cocktail masterclass, champagne afternoon tea or an overnight stay in one of our suites, we can help design something bespoke for you both.
16-20 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JP
T: 0131 220 9750
Established in 1989, Walker Slater live and breathe tweed in all its weights, colours and textures. They design ready-to-wear and made-to-measure tweed clothes, merging stylish cuts and fresh ideas with the heritage and integrity of its weaving and tailoring origin.
Insider Tip: Propose with confidence and style on one knee. Our highly crafted and beautiful tweed collection of suits offers the perfect look for that special occasion. Then the Walker Slater made-to-measure range will take you on an amazing journey towards your big day.