Have you ever yearned for space and light in which to flourish and prosper? Then the Old Town of Edinburgh knows just how you feel. And what Edinburgh singles can learn from their city is that change is possible while staying true to yourself.
Heritage is at the heart of modern Edinburgh, and aspiration continues to drive it forward, creating a vibrant and accomplished city that is home to nearly half a million people.
Edinburgh is a prosperous city with a higher proportion of well-educated, high-earning professional singles than anywhere else in Scotland.
Approximately one quarter of Edinburgh’s population live in single-adult households, and there is a relatively low proportion of single parents in the city. In addition to those Edinburgh singles living in the city or its immediate suburbs, Edinburgh attracts commuters and professional from all over Scotland and other parts of the UK.
Recently, Edinburgh has bucked the trend in the rest of the UK, and its marriage rate has increased while its divorce rate has declined.
The good news is that the number of women and men looking to find love in Edinburgh is roughly equal. However, because of long hours at work and the pressures of commuting, Edinburgh singles can have it tough when it comes to dating. And, paradoxically, the sheer number of pubs and bars to choose from doesn’t make it any easier. Even if you had the time and money to do it, you could spend your whole life in Edinburgh bars and always be a step behind Mr or Ms Right.
While we all know friends who have met their matches thanks to a dinner-party invitation, there has to be a better way to find love in Edinburgh.
Dating websites provide the perfect solution, and increasingly, Edinburgh singles are finding that online dating has many advantages.
Online dating in Edinburgh works so well partly because those that live here already have a forward-looking attitude. Many enjoy using the internet to keep in touch with friends and family further afield. So it’s a small step from online socialising to the convenience of online dating.
With online dating it is possible to enjoy the pleasures of dating and find love in Edinburgh while continuing to juggle professional demands.
So, what makes eHarmony the best first choice for online dating?
Reviewing your matches is just the beginning. Once you’ve spent some time getting to know each other online, you are likely to want the thrill of some real-life dating to take your relationship to the next level.
Dating in Edinburgh is an adventure in which the city comes alive as if JK Rowling herself had written the script. With romance in the air everything feels fresh again and familiar parts of the city reveal new possibilities.
As a general rule, keep it simple on a first date. If you are on a budget and you are looking for something you can do for free, Edinburgh offers plenty of opportunities. Whatever you may have heard, time is not money – it’s time spent getting to know your date that’s vital to the success of a relationship, even among busy professionals. Walking and talking on Carlton Hill is a great choice of first date. The view from the top may even allow you a peek over the horizon and into the future.
Try something different on a second date. If you still haven’t been yet, then maybe try a date on the royal yacht at Leith. Or, if afternoon tea at Jenner’s is too obvious, what about Cuckoo’s Bakery on Dundas Street, or Loopy Lorna’s in Morningside? It’s always good to choose somewhere convenient that’s easy for both of you to get to.
As anyone who has tried to read a fringe programme from cover to cover will know, there is a huge range of exciting possibilities for dating in Edinburgh during August. Luckily, we don’t have to try to pack it all into one month during the summer. Once you are in the swing of things, new ideas will just suggest themselves. Your choice of dating location is likely to be influenced by the direction of the wind as much as by what’s on offer. A south-westerly means wet-weather dating in Edinburgh and a lazy afternoon at the Cameo Picturehouse. While an easterly wind, and its accompanying haar, could signal time to head for the whisky club for a couple of single malts.
Fine dining is less dependent on the weather. If you are hungry for love, then local foodie options unveil a veritable feast. All budgets and tastes are catered for. Gourmet singles can choose from a host of Scottish steakhouses, Italian pizzerias, Chinese restaurants, Thai cafes and modern fusion eateries.
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eHarmony has been the start of many wonderful relationships. Sue and Mike from Ilkley are just one of the couples eHarmony has successfully matched. They were married in February 2009, changing their lives forever. When they finally met each other's friends and family, they knew that "this was the way to walk."