I’ve long been in love with the powerful and majestic beauty of Scotland. There is nothing that can compare with the towering castle that appears straight off a rocky bluff, or the sight of fog rolling through the Highlands. The ancient city of Edinburgh lies in the south of the country, alongside the Firth of Forth. A city that welcomes travelers of every stripe with open arms, it boasts a rich cultural scene, gorgeous food, and is chock full of history and beauty. Go in the summer for the arts festivals, but consider a stay in the fall when most of the tourists leave and you are left with a real sense of the locals' fair city.