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Edinburgh: The Perfect Couples Weekend Away

Looking for the perfect weekend getaway? Here's why Edinburgh is the city to visit...

Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital, perfectly blends cultural heritage with the buzz of modern city life. Whether you’re after a relaxing romantic weekend or something a bit more action-packed, this city has it all! Edinburgh’s compact size means many major attractions are close together, making it ideal for a short weekend away. Our fabulous Couples Weekends Away UK Guidebook covers Edinburgh and many other destinations across the UK, however, we’re happy to let you have this one on us! 

To make planning your trip even easier we’ve pulled together an itinerary highlighting some of the best attractions, great foodie spots, and places to stay. Here’s how you can spend a perfect weekend in this enchanting city…

Edinburgh City
First up, deciding where to stay (and it’s a tough one with so many options!)

Whether you’re on a budget or looking to splurge on a more luxurious trip, there are plenty of hotels to choose from. Most hotels are located close to nearby attractions so you can spend more time exploring and immersing yourself in the city. Here’s some of the No Fuss Travel teams top picks to get you started:

Eden Locke: A modern Aparthotel perfect if you’re wanting a little more room, are looking to self-cater, and require somewhere dog-friendly to bring along your furry companion! (Make sure to book ‘WOOF package’ if this is something you’re wanting).

Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge: A modern and cool moderately-priced hotel, located near Edinburgh Castle. This is a great pet-friendly option too!

The Haymarket Hotel: A Victorian townhouse hotel located in the historic Haymarket area. Steeped in culture and heritage, this hotel is the perfect place to enjoy your city escape in the capital.

Chevel The Edinburgh Grand: Located in the centre of Edinburgh, this hotel offers luxury apartments housed in a restored bank. It’s also within walking distance of almost all the city’s major attractions.

Old Waverly Hotel: Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh, this hotel seamlessly blends Victorian charm with modern comforts. In a fantastic location on Princes Street, it’s just a 10-minute stroll from the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace.

Edinburgh Castle
Next, let’s dive into planning your weekend in Edinburgh
With an abundance of places to see, things to do, and popular foodie spots to try it can be pretty difficult to decide what to do each day. So, we’ve made it a whole lot easier with our brief itinerary below. You can also find more information in our Couples Weekends Away UK Guide Book.

Day 1: Exploring the Heart of Edinburgh

Afternoon: A Royal Start

After arriving in Edinburgh, begin your weekend with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high on Castle Rock. This iconic fortress offers breathtaking views of the city and is home to the Crown Jewels. Take the guided tour to delve into the castle’s rich history.

After exploring the castle, stroll down the Royal Mile, the historic heart of Edinburgh. This mile-long street stretches from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, lined with shops, pubs, and historic sites. Don’t miss St. Giles’ Cathedral where you can admire its stunning architecture and beautiful stained-glass windows.

Evening: Ghostly Adventures or Romantic Cinema

Later on, why not embark on a ghost tour to explore Edinburgh’s dark side. The Real Mary King’s Close offers a fascinating underground tour, revealing the city’s hidden streets and stories of plague, murder, and mystery.

Or if ghosts aren’t your thing, opt for a romantic evening at the Dominion Cinema instead. This charming venue showcases a mix of modern and classic films, with cosy sofas, privacy screens, and evening table service – perfect for a memorable date night!

Royal Mile

Day 2: The True Scottish Experience

Morning: Discover Edinburgh’s Vibrant Arts Scene

Start with a visit to the Scottish National Gallery to admire some of its impressive art collections. If you have a little more time, take a short walk to the Royal Botanic Gardens. With beautifully landscaped gardens and diverse plant collections, it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Afternoon: Scotch Whiskey Experience

Located near the Royal Mile, this attraction offers tours where you can learn about Scotland’s iconic whisky-making heritage. More importantly, you can enjoy tastings of various whiskies and engage in interactive experiences to learn the history behind this celebrated spirit. It’s a must-visit for whisky enthusiasts, and those curious about Scotland’s cultural traditions!

Evening: Culinary Delights at Timberyard Restaurant

Nestled in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and housed in a converted warehouse, Timberyard Restaurant blends rustic charm with contemporary design. Indulge in their seasonal menus showcasing the best of Scottish produce for a truly memorable dining experience.

After dinner, catch a performance at the Edinburgh Playhouse or explore the lively nightlife in the Grassmarket and Cowgate areas. Here you’ll find a variety of pubs, clubs, and live music venues (Stramash Live Music Bar is one of our favourites).

Day 3: Take in the Sights

Morning: Scenic Strolls

Start your day with a hike up Arthur’s Seat, that offers stunning views of Edinburgh and beyond. The hike is moderately challenging but well worth the effort for the breathtaking views of the city.

After your hike, enjoy afternoon tea on the Red Bus Bistro. A vintage red bus serving homemade treats whilst passing some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Afternoon: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Located in the heart of the city, this attraction offers a unique blend of optical illusions, interactive exhibits, and panoramic views from the rooftop. It’s a fascinating experience for all, perfect for adding a touch of magic to your Edinburgh weekend adventure.

Evening: Get ready to go home after a wonderful weekend away!


Find easy to follow itineraries, must-see locations, and the very best places to eat, drink and stay!

Edinburgh’s rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture make it an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. With this itinerary, you’ll experience the best the city has to offer, leaving you with unforgettable memories! If you’re looking for more UK weekend getaways, shop our Couples Weekends Away Travel Guide.


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