On the eastern edge of Scotland, Edinburgh is an easy drive from England's border. Though the roads aren't the most exciting on the way there, southern Scotland offers its own, more peaceful brand of culture. We didn't realize it before our first ATM stop, but Scotland issues its own pound notes with different images, though they are technically the same value and accepted in the same places as traditional English pounds. We first arrived in Edinburgh and checked into our B&B in the early afternoon, and decided to make the most of our long evening in the city. We hopped right on the bus and headed to the city center to explore. Its a lovely, clean city with loads of beautiful old architecture and the people are friendly, though decidedly cosmopolitan. In fact, the population is so diverse, we hardly ever heard a true Scottish accent. From the center of town, most attractions are within walking distance, and the rest are a short bus ride away. Make sure you have either a bus pass or change to make getting on and off the bus easy and quick. We used our Google Maps the whole time and were amazed how well they kept up with the buses, tracking to the exact minute! This took so much of the stress out of exploring a new city. With pubs on every corner and museums and historical sites for days, you won't run out of things to do in this gem of a city.