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Why Go?

An elegant city buzzing with change, from Enric Miralles's parliament complex to the port of Leith

August, when five festivals—including the world's largest, the Fringe—are in town

Old Town, New Town (new as in 18th century), and gorgeous countryside nearby

What To Skip

Cheap kilts, "See you Jimmy" hats, and furry haggis souvenirs. They are tacky and won't endear you to the locals.

What For:

Arts + Culture, Design + Architecture, Family, Food + Wine, Golf, Nightlife

When To Go:

July, August, September, December


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