Hogmanay in Edinburgh

While the short glimpse we caught of the city through the tram windows at night-time was enchanting, walking through Edinburgh in daylight was magical. Below the skyline-dominating castle, the Old Town whisks you back to Medieval times with its gothic cathedrals, underground vaults, winding cobbled lanes a-la-Diagon Alley, and brick the colour of the plague. Within and around the Old Town are several beautiful, classically inspired buildings, that gave Edinburgh the nickname ‘Athens of the North’. Literally every corner you turn is a photo opportunity or the location of some significant historical event, and all of it is stunning – as well as more than slightly surreal.