PLANNING AN EDINBURGH PROPOSAL?


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 hotels, bars, restaurants, clothing stores, barbers and hairdressers, beauty spots, iconic landmarks, 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.

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Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat

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 in Scotland.

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.”

The Brotique

The Brotique

39 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3NH
T: 0131 629 1303

The Brotique is the ultimate store for stylish gents, offering a selection of products designed to meet the needs of the modern man. It offers a tailored, relaxed, and attentive shopping experience, with a varied selection of lifestyle accessories, books, contemporary men's clothing brands, the best of sound technology, and of course men's grooming products.

Tip: “Treat yourself to some top-notch grooming products in preparation for popping the question. Looking your best and exuding style is bound to make you feel more confident when the big moment arrives.”

Charlie Miller

Charlie Miller

13 Stafford Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7BR
T: 0131 226 5550

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.

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

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.

Tip: “For that special occasion, treat yourself to the Surf & Turf sharing dish with 500g chateaubriand and half a lobster. Afterwards take a stroll along the beautifully lit Shore area of Leith.”

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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.

Tip: “If you're looking for an iconic Edinburgh proposal location that's steeped in the city's rich history, the Castle 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.”

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

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.

Tip: “Fancy doing something different? Proposing to your partner during the penguin parade is guaranteed to impress any animal lover.”

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD
T: 0131 524 8388

Edinburgh's Harvey Nichols is the epitome of department store chic, with all the designer label fashion you could wish for. The top floor also houses a food hall, brasserie, bar and restaurant, offering panoramic views of the city and the Firth of Forth.

Tip: “Celebrate a successful proposal in the 'Forth Floor' Window Bar, enjoying spectacular views, subtle lighting, chilled out music, and some of the most creative, exciting cocktails in Edinburgh.”

Heads & Tales

Heads & 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.

Tip: “Get your loved one in the mood by taking her to one of our gin masterclasses, followed by a romantic date in a private booth.”

Kestin Hare

Kestin Hare

46 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AL
T: 0131 220 5859

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 sterling board 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.

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 those jitters.”

Prestonfield House

Prestonfield House

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.

Tip: “Book one of our luxury rooms, furnished in our trademark style with rich, warm colours, and sensuous fabrics, making them the most indulgent and romantic five-star rooms in the city.”

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

21-25 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB
T: 0131 240 7177

Inspired by Scotland's larder, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen is a stunning bar and restaurant, with a nod to the capital's rich literary heritage. In the 1780s, number 25 George Street was home to the acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier, the equal of Jane Austen according to Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Burns was a frequent visitor.

Tip: “Treat your partner to a gorgeous afternoon tea at the latest addition to Edinburgh's vibrant restaurant scene. And don't forget to check out our champagne offers.”

Restaurant Martin Wishart

Restaurant Martin Wishart

54 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
T: 0131 553 3557

Since opening his eponymous 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.

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.”

ROX

ROX

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.

Tip: “Not sure what kind of ring to choose? Come speak to one of our specialists and tell us about her personality and style - we're sure to find the perfect ring. A little insight from her mother or best friend always helps too.”

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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.

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.”

Ruffians

Ruffians

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.

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.”

Scott Monument

Scott Monument

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.

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.”

The Shore

The Shore

Leith, Edinburgh

Located in the north east of the city, just a short bus ride from Princes Street, the Shore sits on the mouth of the Water of Leith. It's right next to the area's original harbour, which dates back to the 14th century and has seen many royal travellers, including Mary Queen of Scots and King George IV. The Shore is a lively area, packed with cafes, chic bars, galleries, and top restaurants that are home to some of Scotland's finest chefs.

Tip: “The Shore is the perfect spot for a romantic afternoon out. Enjoy a delicious brunch and some mimosas, followed by a walk along the waterfront, or a spot of shopping at Ocean Terminal.”

Tigerlily

Tigerlily

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.

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.”

Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria

The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
T: 0131 222 8888

'The Caley', as it's affectionately known among locals, has embodied the very best in Scottish hospitality for over a hundred years. Situated at the West End of Princes Street, this majestic Victorian hotel nestles in the shadow of the historic Edinburgh Castle and is just a short walk from the designer stores and fashionable bars of George Street.

Tip: “With perfectly framed, uninterrupted views of Edinburgh Castle and exquisite hand-painted wall panels, the affectionately named 'proposal table' at The Pompadour by Galvin restaurant is the ultimate magical setting for a romantic proposal.”

Walker Slater

Walker Slater

16-20 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2HG
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 the fabric’s weaving and tailoring origin.

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.”

The Witchery

The Witchery

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
T: 0131 225 5613

Hidden in a collection of historic buildings at the gates to Edinburgh Castle, the Witchery is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric dining destinations in the city. Stunning decor and legendary food have ensured that it has become a much-loved Edinburgh institution. Dine in the rich baroque surroundings of the original oak-panelled Witchery, or among the elegant candle-lit charms of the Secret Garden.

Tip: “We also offer nine lavish suites, perfect for those wishing to propose in the most indulgent of settings.”