It says something significant about a country when its enduring icons are men in kilts, bagpipe marching bands, castles and whisky! Scotland is no ordinary place - and its capital, Edinburgh, is a city that just begs to be explored. Edinburgh is so steeped in history that its centerpiece is a medieval castle, and the section of town called "New Town" - in spite of its name, dates back to the golden age of the 18th century.But this city doesn't live in the past - in the summer it puts on one of the biggest party venues in the world with a calendar of festivals - including some avant guard displays of art that are very in vogue. Samantha Brown heads out with an umbrella in hand to share some of her favorite sights. She'll stop by Edinburgh Castle just in time for the One O'clock Gun.take a stroll in Princes Street Gardens.get a taste of the Fringe Festival along the Royal Mile.sample some single malt whisky at the Bow Bar.head three stories underground for a chilling look at the city's plague ridden past.scout out a hip hotel in New Town that is truly an original.and join friends for an evening of traditional Scottish music at a local watering hole.Samantha meets up with plenty of "city smart" locals and discovers what makes for a perfect trip to Edinburgh, Scotland.