Extraordinary Settings for a Romantic Proposal in Edinburgh

Rocco Forte Hotels

Edinburgh is blessed with a host of standout locations for a romantic proposal, yet often its most romantic spots are the lesser-known, quieter corners of the city.


Come summertime, our cobbled streets and striking architecture spring to life as the city prepares for its world-renowned festivals. This year in particular, there is a heightened sense of affection and appreciation for our wonderful city as it slowly reopens with a renewed sense of playfulness and charm.


Blessed with an abundance of parks and open spaces, Edinburgh is a perfect destination for stealing a private moment during a romantic walk. Blossom trees in Princes Street Gardens create a beautiful backdrop for whiling away the afternoon together, while the slightly more tropical Royal Botanic Gardens are a luscious treat for plant lovers and a memorable location for popping the question. For adventure seekers, there couldn’t be a more beautiful or rewarding spot to propose than atop Arthur’s Seat. Climb the rugged hillside to enjoy a well-deserved picnic with unrivalled views across the city to the Pentland Hills beyond. A beautiful alternative for a less intensive hike is the top of buzzy Calton Hill, with views stretching across the city to the Firth of Forth. West of Edinburgh, South Queenferry’s cobbled streets have a film-set quality to them, perfect for a proposal with views of Scotland’s symbolic Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a well known Scottish landmark.

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When it comes to your privacy, the capital is brimming with unusual places to rest your heads. Nestled right in the heart of Edinburgh on Princes Street, The Balmoral is widely regarded as Edinburgh’s most luxurious hotel, making it a popular choice among the royals. One of the most romantic suites in the hotel, Castle View Suite, is blessed with incredible views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens offering a breathtaking view to wake up to after a special evening. For a feminine touch, luxuriate in the Scone and Crombie Suite, palatial in both inspiration and spirit. Over in our Glamis Suite, named after Scotland’s most beautiful castle and the childhood home of The Queen Mother, the in-room record player adds a vintage ambiance to your proposal. 

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Edinburgh is home to hundreds of unusual local jewellers, florists and artists who can add that special twist to make your proposal truly unique. Our extensive little black book of contacts will help you plan a seamless proposal from start to finish, and beyond - just say the word! From choosing and engraving your ring at renowned jewellers Hamilton & Inches to arranging bespoke tasting menus at Michelin-starred Number One, we can even source your partner’s favourite flowers to decorate your room or suite and provide a rose petal turndown service, with champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered to your door.

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As the world opens up again, we are delighted to welcome guests back to our magical hotel and celebrate a Summer of Love with a host of memorable experiences to treat your loved one to. Try our award-winning Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court - one of the most photogenic spots in the hotel. For 360 degree views of the city, ascend to our secret rooftop where our expert team can help you craft a surprise champagne proposal.

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Guests can book a two night stay with our Time Away for Two experience available until 30th June 2021 and receive an additional night of luxury with our compliments. We'll give you a category room upgrade and a half bottle of Charles Heidsieck Champagne on arrival to toast to time together and good times ahead. Wake to a full breakfast in the comfort of your room or at Brasserie Prince. The offer also includes our famous Afternoon Tea for two to be enjoyed in the spectacular surroundings of Palm Court, now featuring an extended collection of 88 thoughtfully curated loose leaf teas.


When you book one or more night’s accommodation with our Anniversary Experience, available all year, we’ll ensure that you and your partner are suitably spoilt with Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Champagne accompanied by a delectable selection of macarons. Retreat to your room for a romantic rose petal turndown and wake to a delicious daily breakfast to be enjoyed in the comfort of your room or at Brasserie Prince. 

If you’re dreaming up a romantic proposal or special get-together do get in touch with our expert team at reservations.balmoral@roccofortehotels.comor call +44 131 556 2414 and we’ll craft a memory you can treasure forever.

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