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Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh oozes charm and beauty aplenty, but it's also got a bolshy character that you will be unable to get out of your head after you leave.

Sprawled as it is across seven hills, spectacular views of the surrounding countryside are available from many points in the city. The local authority has done well to ensure the preservation of many historic buildings, from the heights attained by the ominous-looking castle to the tunnels that can be explored on one of the many ghost walks.

As such, visitors often remark on the abundance of beauty, both natural and manmade, but it's also worth knowing that Edinburgh has an exciting nightlife and bar scene thanks to its prominent university. Dance the night away in one of the many clubs or sit back in a traditional pub and sample some local whisky.

Must-see attractions include the picturesque Holyrood Park, the lovelorn statue of Greyfriars Bobby and the Elephant Cafe where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel. If you can, visit during the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which plays host to performers from all around the world.

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