Best places to get engaged in edinburgh

If you're planning your engagement shoot in Edinburgh, congratulations! It's quite honestly the best city in the world to get engaged, or have your engagement photos taken. The history, the architecture, the views and the light all make this city one of the most photogenic in the world. All you need to do is add yourselves into the mix!

I've compiled a list of all my favourite spots in the city to capture the uniqueness of your relationship. If you're planning your engagement and are looking for a photographer to help you create the most perfect images - I can't wait to hear from you! Whether you're already engaged or you're looking for help popping the question and it's a big surprise, I've got 12 years experience creating the most magical proposals, so allow me help you.

My two most popular packages are my one hour/one location and my two hour/two location options. I've given suggestions below of which locations pair well together but you can create a custom day to suit your own style and personalities. You can find more information about my engagement packages here.

calton hill

You can't go wrong with engagement photography on Calton Hill. The iconic 360 degree views coupled with the historical monuments make it a perfect slice of Edinburgh. And it's MUCH easier than climbing up Arthur's seat... From here expect unobstructed views of Arthur's seat, the Firth of Forth, Princes Street and Edinburgh's newest landmark, the W Hotel.

Pairs well with: Holyrood Park or Old Town.

circus lane

No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a stop in the historic Stockbridge, including the quaint and beautiful Circus Lane. There's a reason this spot is loved by Instagrammers and photographers alike, it truly is like stepping back in time. Stockbridge is also filled with many gorgeous cafes, bars and restaurants as well as cute independent boutiques.

Pairs well with: Dean Village and Water of Leith

dean village

Once called Edinburgh's best kept secret, I'm pretty sure the cat is out of the bag. Dean Village is simply magical and I've never brought anyone here who didn't fall in love with the fairy tale buildings and the stunning architecture. Best visited first thing in the day to avoid the crowds, it's a must see on your Edinburgh list.

Pairs well with: Circus Lane and Water of Leith

holyrood park

If you're craving a bit of the Highlands within a 10 minute walk of the Old Town, I've got you covered. Holyrood Park contains the majestic Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crag, along with St Antony's Chapel Ruins and St Margaret's Loch. You'll also find incredible views of Edinburgh City while still feeling like you're in the middle of nowhere. The perfect wild location for your engagement photography.

Pairs well with: Calton Hill or Old Town

water of leith

This magical little walk is a hidden gem, connecting Stockbridge with Dean Village and a favourite amongst locals for a leafy green stroll and plenty of dog spotting. Our Lady of Leith takes centre stage, protecting the water way and delighting all who find her. There's also hidden steps down to the river for quiet moments of calm and reflection, and gorgeous photos of course.

Pairs well with: Circus Lane and Dean Village

the pentlands

A short drive south west of Edinburgh, takes you to the Pentland Hills, a series of connected walking paths. They take you past rolling hills, spectacular views and reservoirs - perfect for outdoor enthusiasts looking to get a flavour of Scotland away from the city centre and the more touristy areas.

Pairs well with: Calton Hill or Old Town

old town

A visit to Edinburgh wouldn't be complete without a walk up and down the Royal Mile, the cobbled street that connects Holyrood Palace at the bottom to Edinburgh Castle at the top. Along the Mile you'll find hidden 'closes' perfect for exploring, ancient grave yards, plenty of medieval architecture and the instantly recognisable Victoria Terrace.

Pairs well with: Circus Lane or Calton Hill

Vennel Steps

This iconic view of the castle is one of my favourites and I almost always recommend it if someone is looking for that castle view but doesn't want the crowds! The walk to it and the steps down to the Grassmarket from it, are peak quintessential Edinburgh.

Pairs well with: Old Town or Circus Lane