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Propose to your Valentine at Edinburgh Castle

8 February 2012

Flowers & Champagne       Kenneth & Edel

Valentine’s day is on the horizon and love is in the air.  What could be more romantic than proposing to your partner in the iconic, historic location of Edinburgh Castle?

Edinburgh Castle has a proposal package to ensure that the  special moment when you ask your partner to marry them is a memory to be treasured forever.

Kenneth Kibb came to Edinburgh on a three day trip from Ireland with his girlfriend Edel, having arranged with staff at Edinburgh Castle to propose to her.    

He said: “I  searched high and low for the best proposal setting that wouldn’t raise any suspicion from my long term girlfriend.  I wanted an intimate and significant landmark location to create a memorable and surprise proposal setting.

“Having visited Edinburgh before, I knew how beautiful the castle is and how fantastic the views are from the castle overlooking the entire city and beyond. With the location idea in mind I contacted the Edinburgh Castle team to enquire if they facilitated marriage proposals at the castle grounds. The events team responded that they had numerous different options and locations throughout the Castle that are perfect settings for marriage proposals.”

However the path of true love does not always run smoothly.

Lynn Paddock, Historic Scotland’s Event Sales Manager added:  “We had everything planned to make sure that Kenneth’s proposal was just as he wanted, with exclusive access to the historic Argyle Tower, the upper part of the Portcullis Gate within Edinburgh Castle, with its beautiful window alcoves and views over the city and beyond.  

“The one thing we couldn’t control was the weather.  Kenneth had arranged to propose to his girlfriend on the day when Edinburgh experienced the worst weather in decades and the castle was closed due to unprecedented high winds.”

Kenneth said: “I was so disappointed when I realised that I would have to wait another day to ask Edel to become my wife, however the staff at Edinburgh Castle went out of their way to reassure me that everything would work out just as planned.

“Lynn was on hand to make sure everything went well and Edel didn’t suspect a thing. When we entered the Argyle tower the room was perfect. There was a beautiful bouquet of flowers, champagne already poured into two glasses presented on a tray of rose petals and the card I had previously posted over to Lynn two weeks before the event. The setup and scene was better than I imagined. While Edel was looking at the flowers and the card I asked her read, I got down on one knee and proposed. My girlfriend was completely surprised and thankfully she accepted my proposal.

“We are still getting a kick out from the reaction of our friends and family to our proposal story. The setup and location exceeded all my expectations. I cannot thank Lynn and all the Edinburgh castle team enough. It was the perfect day, the perfect location, the perfect setting and as my now fiancée describes it, the perfect proposal.”

For information:

If you are interested in the Proposal Package you can either purchase your entry tickets on-line in advance from the Edinburgh Castle website, or in person on the day from the ticket office.

We will then work closely with you in the run up to the day itself to formulate the all important plan, and confirm the exact timings etc for the use of the Tower during your visit.  You can also order champagne and flowers from our menu to be waiting for you there.  The historic Argyle Tower, the upper part of the Portcullis Gate will be closed for your private use for a period of 30 minutes.

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.


  • The Year of Creative Scotland begins on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL.


                                             Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk