The good news is that the number of women and men looking to find love in Edinburgh is roughly equal.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Walking and talking on Carlton Hill is a great choice of first date. If you still haven’t been yet, then maybe try a date on the royal yacht at Leith.

The view from the top may even allow you a peek over the horizon and into the future. Or, if afternoon tea at Jenner’s is too obvious, what about Cuckoo’s Bakery on Dundas Street, or Loopy Lorna’s in Morningside?

With romance in the air everything feels fresh again and familiar parts of the city reveal new possibilities. If you are on a budget and you are looking for something you can do for free, Edinburgh offers plenty of opportunities.