Summertime dating in Edinburgh has its fair share of outdoor attractions, from beaches to hillocks and waterfront pursuits. The beauty of summertime dating is that you don’t have to stay cooped up indoors – there are more choices for dating locations which means you can broaden your horizons. Here are a few summer date suggestions in Edinburgh to get you started.

Best for dating in the sunshine: Portobello Beach

Great for summer scorchers, this stretch of sandy beach has amusements, ice creams and cafes galore, and can be found just 5km east of the city. This outdoor Edinburgh dating spot is ideal for a summer’s day – just don’t forget the sunscreen! If you do need respite from the sun, you can always try your hand at a game of bowls at the nearby Portobello Indoor Bowls & Leisure Centre.

Best for waterfront Edinburgh dating: The Royal Yacht Britannia

Take a tour on the Royal Yacht Britannia and take your date for a sneak peek into the lifestyle of the Royals, including Zara Phillips, who had her pre-wedding party here. Take a look at the Queen’s bedroom, the crew’s quarters and the engine room – there’s even a hidden garage where the Queen keeps her Rolls Royce. Afterwards pop into the Royal Deck tearoom where you can treat your date to tea while you admire the waterfront views of Edinburgh on board.

Best for romantic Edinburgh views: Calton Hill

One of the main city centre vantage points, Calton Hill, can be recognised by the Athenian monument which is perched on its summit. This was built in 1816 as a monument to those who fell in the Napoleonic wars. These days it’s a great place to soak in the panoramic views of the city on a romantic Edinburgh date. For those who like to look at the skies, there is the City Observatory with its exhibitions and viewings. Calton Hill is also the location for the fireworks which take place at the end of each year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Best for enjoying Edinburgh castle: Prince’s Street Gardens

The grounds of Edinburgh Castle are a peaceful place to site and look at the castle in all its splendour. In full bloom the flowers of the gardens will provide a fragrant setting for your date, and is one of the more tranquil Edinburgh dating locations. Sit amongst the fountains and sculptures and watch the world go by, or take a stroll over to the Royal Scottish Academy.

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