One of the most beautiful cities in all of the UK, Edinburgh rises from the wide Firth of Forth to a high, rocky pinnacle crowned by the stone walls and towers of Edinburgh Castle. The Scottish capital is a center of culture and the arts, and is especially well-known for its festivals. These include the Edinburgh International Book Festival, to the sparkling Christmas Markets and the Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest festival of the arts. Edinburgh is known for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, its historic attractions, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and rich history. Edinburgh’s nightlife scene is a unique blend of old and new, with traditional, dark, subterranean pubs in the Old Town, and trendier, more upscale clubs across the bridge in New Town. With an endless trove of stressed-out university students, it’s no surprise Edinburgh is one of the most fun places to party in the UK. Edinburgh punches well above its weight with a slew of chef-driven openings, more Michelin-star restaurants than anywhere else in Scotland (there are four, Number One, The Kitchin, 21212 and Restaurant Martin Wishart). Edinburgh’s shopping scene may be compact, but it’s excellent. Not only will you find one of the world’s first department stores, plus British institutions like Harvey Nichols, but you’ll also discover boutiques that are helping to ensure the survival of Scottish textile traditions like tweed and cashmere.