Edinburgh, situated on the Firth of Forth on the east coast, is Scotland’s capital city and grabs the attention of travelers and tourists alike. With the famous castle perched on its basalt shelf at the heart of the town, peering over the New Town to the north and the Old Town to the south, Edinburgh is one of the world’s most visually stunning cities. It was the epicenter of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century and has a rich literary and philosophical history. Edinburgh remains one of Europe’s cultural and artistic centers, described perfectly by the author Alexander McCall Smith as; “A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”
11. Victoria Street, The Grassmarket and The Cowgate
Tucked away behind the Royal Mile is Victoria Street. A beautiful collection of colorful craft shops, galleries and restaurant fronts, sat on a cobbled slope which gives way to the expanse of The Grassmarket. In this area, it’s not easy to choose where to eat or drink as the choice is pretty comprehensive. Once you’ve made your decision, many of the pubs offer live music indoors, or a view of the Castle towering overhead outdoors. If you’re on a tighter budget, go along the Cowgate to check out the backpacker hostels. The bars don’t stop either, Dropkick Murphys on Merchant Street just behind the Cowgate is ideal for a drink or 2 (or 3 or 4…).