Set against rugged hills on the edge of the sea, Edinburgh is a capital boasting dramatic vistas and one of the most stunning skylines in the world. Built under the shadow of the imposing Edinburgh Castle, the city is renowned for its longstanding tryst with the arts. The Edinburgh Art Festival, held here every year is the personification of this wonderful love affair. Within the Old Town's paved streets, lies a world waiting to be unlocked. The 15th-century St Giles Cathedral invites visitors to pause and offer a moment of silence under its massive vaulted ceiling, while the subterranean passages of Real Mary King’s Close promise equal parts thrill and terrify visitors with stories of the Black Death. The Royal Mile with its tightly packed series of bars, clubs, attractions, and shops is Edinburgh in a nutshell.