Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland located in the Central Belt region of the country. With a population of approximately 450,000 (1 million in the city region), "Auld Reekie" (Edinburgh) manages to combine both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere. Watched over by the imposing Edinburgh castle, the symbol of the city, Edinburgh combines medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and a powerful layer of modern life with contemporary avant-garde.
Bagpipe music is playing all the time! It's probably my favorite thing about this city. The castle is very cool and the shopping near it is amazing so definitely check that out. DO NOT climb Scott Monument! I can't stress this enough. Its not monitored and gets super congested and a bit stressful to get down from.