Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland is a country of natural beauty, cheerful people, lively pubs and stately castles. Edinburgh is one of its two major cities and it brings to life the essence of Scotland. Anchored by Edinburgh Castle at one end and Holyrood Palace, you can feel the history from just about every point in the city. The Royal Mile, filled with shops and pubs runs through the center of the old town, ending at the Castle. At night, this street comes alive with tourists and locals heading out for the evening. As you wander along, you hear the live music from the pubs streaming into the streets. Edinburgh is more than just castles and pubs - it has beautiful gardens, modern shops and is the home to some of the world's best festivals.