Fall in love with Edinburgh

A stunning backdrop for the latest royal wedding, explore the picture-perfect Scottish capital with our romantic city guide

A Highland fling

With the excitement surrounding the first royal wedding of 2011, it’s no surprise we couldn’t wait for the second to get underway! Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall said ‘I do’ on 30 July in Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk – the parish church of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. So to celebrate we’ve rounded up five of our favourite romantic city hotspots (with a little royal inspiration) to help you plan your own loved-up mini break.


First stop…

No doubt Edinburgh’s vibrant Hotel Missoni will appeal to Zara’s eclectic fashion tastes – she’s already well known for her bold use of colour at royal engagements. Statement suites in zingy shades of fuchsia, aqua and lime feature panoramic views of the city skyline and snuggly Missoni bathrobes, while Bar Missoni is a cool, cosmopolitan hangout serving Italian-style signature cocktails. The Biennale includes homemade vanilla and fig conserve with Prosecco – and is as smooth as it gets.

Hotel Missoni, suites from £400 and doubles from £200 (B&B), 1 George IV Bridge, Scotland, EH1 1AD (0131 220 6666)

Final touches…

Take home a pretty little token of your stay with a visit to one of the bling-out accessory boutiques Edinburgh is fast becoming famous for. Add some pizzazz with to any W-day outfit with Rock Candy Gallery’s (find it on Rose Street) blow-out cocktail rings (pictured), or Rene Walrus’ sparkling, princess-pretty tiaras, available from their boutique on St Mary’s Street.

Vendetta ring, from £105,000, Rock Candy Gallery, 111 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DT (0131 225 4109) and Rene Walrus, 30 St Marys Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU (0131 558 8120)

The witching hour

As its deeply Gothic name suggests, The Witchery by the Castle isn’t your usual city restaurant. Oozing romance, charm and enough nooks and crannies to live up to its more than 400-year-old history, this fine-dining restaurant serves Franco-Scottish food like pig cheek terrine and saddle of venison. Old-fashioned royal-ites should take their evening supper by candlelight in either the Secret Garden or the richly draped and downright romantic Witchery itself. There are also seven decadent, velvet-strewn suites to book if – like Zara and Mike – you might want to hide away from the crowded streets outside.

The Witchery by the Castle, suites from £295, Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF (0131 225 5613)

Meet the family…

The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which stands at the end of the Royal Mile, was host to Zara and Mike’s wedding reception. You can visit the Queen’s Gallery and linger of the collection of precious paintings and artifacts.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Holyrood Road, EH8 8DX (0131 524 1120)

A highland safari

We know that both Zara and Mike are lovers of action-packed, adrenaline-seeking fun, which is why we thought we’d finish with an escape to the wilds of the Scottish highlands and the Alladale Wilderness Lodge and Reserve. Hire out one of the lodge’s new bothies for two for some serious romance. These remote, mountainous hideaways are perfect for getting away from it all. Combine snuggling-up with your other half beside a roaring log fire with an action-packed 4×4 safari, where you’ll search for elusive elks and boars on Alladale’s 23,000-acre highland estate.

Alladale, from £400 per night, including a fully stocked fridge and a personal ranger (01863 755 338)

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Image: Alladale