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February 13, 2020

With Valentine's Day less than 24 hours away, many of us will be scratching our heads over the eternal mystery of romance.

It is a tricky subject because one person's romantic reverie might be another's panic-inducing passion-killer. And vice-versa.

Some might thrill at a tandem skydive. Others might look forward to clutching hands on a hair-raising ghost and horrors tour. After all, the couples that scream together are perhaps more likely to dream together.

Some might relish a spa day for one or two people. More hardy souls might look forward to getting wet and wild with a canyoning adventure.

Falling for you? Action Adventure Activities can provide a less conventional date.

Falling for you? Action Adventure Activities can provide a less conventional date.

For those still working hard at the anxious, early days of a relationship - I believe grafting may be the current slang term, m'lud - then a drink or two may help calm nerves.

A gin master class or a cocktail master class could be just the ticket.

If Bill Shakespeare is to be believed then music is the food of love.

Especially when bundled up with fizz and flappers. This Big Deal is for a night of 1920s jazz and frolics at Arta's Bang Bang Club in Glasgow on Friday 28th February. Main pic is from previous speakeasy nights.

Over in Edinburgh, St Giles Cathedral is hosting a candlelit Valentine's piano recital by Annie Yim. Hankies ready for renditions of passionate scores by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Liszt.

Romantic meal

Going out for a meal remains a steady favourite for anyone looking to add a little romance to their routine.

Of course, 5pm Dining has a large number of Valentine's offers at restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

You could spice things up with a curry or re-enact the spaghetti-sharing scene from Lady and the Tramp at a city centre Italian.

If you want to document your romantic night out on Insta then you could book in to somewhere like Bibimbap in Glasgow's West End.

Plenty of neon always makes an arresting backdrop for those carefully curated selfies.

And if the idea of going out for a romantic meal on Valentine's Day, at the same time as everyone else, feels a little clichéd then rest assured that the nation's restaurateurs will be delighted to take your booking next week instead.

Spark up a candle

We hope that this blog have given you some useful pointers for romance.

As noted at the beginning, one person's romantic red rose is another's asthma trigger so it is all subjective.

However, we do have one cast-iron idea.

For those of us who are perhaps a little longer in the tooth, the blog has only one firm recommendation for romance: candles.

Gently flickering candlelight both sets the mood and helps gloss over the more cruel ravages of time.