Stand on the upper level of Edinburgh Castle, where you can see the whole urban sprawl of New Town and the mountains in the distance, and you'll feel it—magic.

Okay, maybe we drank a little too much whisky or became delirious after walking up Edinburgh's many hills. Maybe, even, the constant bagpiping on the Royal Mile did something to our heads. Regardless, we think there's truly something magical about the Scottish capital that can't be denied by even the most haggis-scorning skeptic. If you do need convincing, walk through the cobblestoned Old Town, where all the architecture has a bit of castle in it, go to a museum or festival (this is an artist's paradise), or pick up something by Sir Walter Scott at a secondhand bookstore. There's so much to see and do, but merely being in Edinburgh is an experience in itself and not a wee one at that.


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