With its ancient cobbled streets, old historic buildings, romantic gothic architecture, and eerie looming Castle, there is no denying Edinburgh is one of the most romantic cities in the world. And while roses, candlelit dinners and cosying up in front of a fire may be the norm during the month of love, exploring the romantic underbelly of our beloved city is by far one of our favourite things to do in Edinburgh in February.
The Word On The Street
We all know how hard it is to put the wonders of Edinburgh’s long and illustrious past into words. But that hasn’t stopped Canongate Stars and Stories from shedding some light on the print and publishing history of the Canongate area. This new illuminated walking trail stretches from The Tron to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh’s famous Old Town, where 20 beautiful lightbox quotations are scattered throughout the city. Take note, it takes about 45 minutes to complete the trail and explore all the locations. Simply download the map here and find out how word got around in the early days of this great literary city.
The Shadows Of A Former City
When the bones of Edinburgh’s iconic Castle dates back to (at least) the Iron Age, anything less than 500 years old is considered “new” in Edinburgh. Which is why it is easy to forget that Edinburgh’s captivating New Town is not so new after all. In fact, this bewitching centrepiece of the city’s UNESECO World Heritage area is 250 years old. And to celebrate this significant event in Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, a most illuminating experience awaits. From the 23rd of February until the 26th of March, buildings around George Street will be bathed in light from 5:30pm every evening to draw attention to the city’s Georgian past and bring its ancient residents back to life. Simply follow the linkboys on your trail through Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows to experience the Edinburgh of 200 years ago today.
Whether you are visiting Edinburgh on a romantic break to our beautiful capital city, or you are simply looking to enjoy the chilly wonders of Edinburgh in winter before the Spring thaw, it is hard not to fall in love with Edinburgh in February.