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Royal Mile
The atmospheric Royal Mile thoroughfare cuts through the historic core of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, extending for slightly more than a mile from Edinburgh Castle all the way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Both sides of the partly pedestrianized street are bordered by historic granite buildings bearing shop display windows piled high with symbols of Scotland, from tartan to whisky to shortbread. In between the former tenements and taverns are darkened arm-width-wide alleyways, known locally as closes.

The Basics
Because it penetrates the very heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and is home to so many of the city’s star attractions, including St Giles’ Cathedral, the Scotch Whisky Experience, and Camera Obscura, the Royal Mile is a staple on Edinburgh sightseeing tours. Classic walking tours, Harry Potter–themed tours, and tours of the underground Real Mary King’s Close all cover portions of the Royal Mile, as do hop-on hop-off and ghost bus tours. Visitors based in Glasgow can take day tours to the city to see Edinburgh’s biggest attractions, among them, of course, the Royal Mile.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes as some surfaces are uneven and sloping.
  • To avoid an uphill slog, start at Edinburgh Castle and walk downhill to Holyrood Palace, then use public transport or a taxi to get back up.
  • The cobblestoned sections of the street can cause difficulty for some wheelchairs, strollers, and mobility devices.

How to Get There
The Royal Mile comprises a succession of streets, namely Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate, and Abbey Strand. It’s about a 5-minute walk from Princes Street tram station and even quicker from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

When to Get There
The Royal Mile is a much-frequented thoroughfare, and during the annual Edinburgh Festival in August, it is packed with visitors. If you can stomach the crowds, the atmosphere is truly something special with curbside entertainment courtesy of buskers and street performers.
 
Things to See on the Royal Mile
Many of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks are situated on the Royal Mile. In addition to the palace and castle at either end, you’ll find other centuries-old landmarks such as St Giles' Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and Canongate Kirk. It’s not all dusty old attractions, though—the Royal Mile is also the setting for the contemporary Scottish Parliament Building, a striking 2004-built concrete structure whose abstract shapes and forms take inspiration from such diverse references as Scottish landscapes and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s paintings.
Address: Edinburgh, Scotland
Admission: Free
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Edinburgh half day driving tour

Edinburgh half day driving tour

This tour is by local guides who treat it like showing a family member of friend our amazing city for the first time. We show you the best whilst avoiding the tourists traps and as it is a private tour we can customize it to suit your needs. A minimum of 3 people are required to book this tour.
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Learn about Edinburgh past and present on a private walking tour with an insider guide, who shares information about the city’s royal history and colorful characters, some of whom have inspired books and well-known stories. Get tips on where to eat and drink around the city, and see sights on and off the Royal Mile and near Greyfriars Kirk. You’ll enjoy one-on-one attention from a private guide on this tour that caters to couples, families and small groups looking for a more personal experience.
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Small-Group Sinister Old Town Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Small-Group Sinister Old Town Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Discover the sinister side of Edinburgh’s Old Town, from villains to aristocracy and slums, prisons and execution sites to the time encrusted architecture of the high and mighty. Our costumed guide will regale you with tales of Edinburgh’s chequered past. Travel in the footstep of our capitals most wretched characters who roamed these very streets, learn of the abominations they committed or received and the legacy they left. Hear the deprived antics of our ancestors at the Grassmarket, truly a place of grime and punishment, before we embark on the most macabre of destinations, Greyfrairs Graveyard. We’ll resurrect the dark deeds of this ancient cemeteries expired inhabitants. Blood curdling haunted, you might just encounter the infamous MacKenzie Poltergeist. Surviving that, we’ll unveil the sobering sinister secrets of the not always so majestic Royal Mile.
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