5 daytime dates in Edinburgh

If you’re dating in Edinburgh you’re in luck – the city is packed with things to do and places to see. If you’re just joining the Edinburgh dating scene don’t think it’s all about bars and restaurants, there are plenty of daytime attractions to keep your date interested – we’ve come up with some ideas to get you started.

Edinburgh Castle

This is one of the main attractions in the city, and a great idea for anyone considering a spot of historical dating in Edinburgh. The castle has played a pivotal role in the city’s history and has been a military barracks as well as a prison over the centuries. Built inside the enclave walls with a sheer drop of cliff face on one side, the castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh and is an iconic part of its scenery.

Arthur’s Seat

This is the main hill in Edinburgh’s famous Holyrood Park, which is situated in the centre of the city and offers lovely walks and views of the surrounding city. Arthur’s Seat can be seen from almost anywhere in the city and is a popular Edinburgh dating destination because of how picturesque the views are from its summit.

Edinburgh Zoo

One of the most fun daytime dating locations in Edinburgh, this collection of over 1,000 animals is set in beautiful parkland on the outskirts of the city – a great atmosphere for a romantic Edinburgh dating experience. The zoo gets almost as many visitors as Edinburgh Castle, which is no surprise as it’s packed with rare and endangered species. It even has its own ‘penguin-cam’ for wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy.

Royal Botanic Garden

One of the world’s largest collections of living plants, the Royal Botanic Garden is made up of four different gardens and was first established in 1670. The Chinese Hillside offers a particularly unusual spot for contemplation with a pavilion ideal for sneaking that first date kiss. Edinburgh dating has never looked so exotic.

Camera Obscura & The World of Illusions

With five floors of exhibitions, and a Victorian rooftop where you can view moving images of Edinburgh city from a giant periscope, this is one way to keep Edinburgh dating exciting. New morphing machines mean you can morph your own image into different sex or race, or even morph your face with someone else’s to see what your children might look like, which could make for interesting post date discussions or pics for you to use on dating websites! What’s more, they’ve recently added an ‘AutoWed’ machine (as featured on Dragons’ Den & only the second one in the world!) which allows you to ‘marry’ your partner for just £1 in an automated ceremony! Perhaps not ideal for a a first date, however it’s not legally binding!

For more date ideas, head to our Edinburgh Dating page.