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5. Edinburgh

Edinburgh is so much more than its world famous castle and its staggering landscape. The Athens of the North or Auld Reekie, as Edinburgh is sometimes nicknamed. The city claims a cast of near mythic characters including Rebel leader Sir William Wallace aka Braveheart, the tragic Mary, Queen of Scots, the Enlightenment thinkers David Hume and Adam Smith, James Bond actor Sean Connery and prolific writers Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and J.K. Rowling. If your impression is confined to bagpipes, tartans and kilts, you’d be wrong. The second most visited city in the United Kingdom after London, Edinburgh offers an abundance of things to do. History buffs will enjoy Edinburgh Castle, Holyroodhouse Palace and other attractions found along the Royal Mile. Those in search of an authentic live-as-the-locals experience will find it in the outer-lying neighborhood pubs, shops and parks. Shoppers will get their retail fix in New Town and art aficionados will enjoy the free National Gallery of Scotland. Arts and entertainment junkies and theater hounds will get more than their fill at August’s Edinburgh Festival.