When a city’s New Town dates to the 18th century, you know you’re in a seriously historic city; it’s Old Town is medieval by the way. This sophisticated Scottish capital has melded the ancient with the modern and is synonymous with its annual festival in August, that encompasses the legendary Tattoo to The Fringe; but it’s festival time almost year-round in Edinburgh. Join the spirited locals for celebrations of film, jazz and science, not to mention Hogmanay. Walk through history with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, towering above the Royal Mile. Then follow this famous thoroughfare down to the Queen’s Scotland address. Take a tipple of Scotland’s finest whisky en route or shop for your clan tartan.