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Royal Mile, Edinburgh

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.

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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
star-4.5
$27.65 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommended
Great way to start seeing Edinburgh and finding out about its history. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer any wide ranging questions asked.
markwharris, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh History come to life
Angelle_C, May 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Margaret Ann was very knowledgeable and did a great job bringing the story of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh to life. I really enjoyed it. The only downside was that I misunderstood where the meeting point was and went to castlehill. Luckilyi had arrived 15 minutes early and the people in the booth directed me down the hill and one of the lovely ladies giving tourists help took me to the meeting point.
star-5
Great Introduction to The Royal Mile!
Shauna_R, May 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Wonderful introduction to the Royal Mile! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. I would recommend this tour!
star-4
Mr Usher was very...
Greg_W, May 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Mr Usher was very entertaining and informative. We loved the personal touch of a fine scots gentleman.
star-5
Royal Mile Walking Tour
Mary_D, May 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Excellent tour! Very knowledgeable about the area and it’s history! Took several breaks along the way and made quite easy to keep up.
star-5
Tour of the Royal mile
Beverly_E, May 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Stewart was very knowledgeable about the history of Edinburgh, he told us so many interesting stories. We also went to many out of the way places that we would have never found on our own. Well worth our time.
star-5
A must do in Edinburgh!
Jodie_b, May 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
What a fabulous man Stuart Usher the guide is. Highly entertaining and knowledgeable. Absolutely loved this tour.
star-4
Historical stories about old Edinburgh
Judy_F, Apr 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
A friendly and engaging guide who told stories linked to various locations from Usher Hall along the Royal Mile. These stories covered the early days of Robert Bruce, St Margaret, Mary Queen of Scots and various denizens of the closes located off the Mile.
star-5
Good choice
Janet_J, Apr 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
As the tour description states, I learned "behind the scenes" things that I would not have otherwise heard about. It was a fun tour and not horribly time consuming.
star-4
Good walking tour of the royal mile
Jeffrey_L, Jan 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Good walking tour that the tour guide explains the history on the royal mile. You don't go into the cathedral or the castle with this excursion. It is 2 hours worth your time.
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The remarkable knowledge...
David_M, May 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
The remarkable knowledge and friendly nature of our guide. The variation of the locations visited. The amusing anecdotes that our guide shared with us.
star-5
We really enjoyed our...
Cynthia_F, May 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
We really enjoyed our tour with Stewart.. he has a good sense of humor and truly know his history of Edinburgh and Scotland. He went at our pace and encouraged questions. Stewart showed us the nooks and crannies of the city that we never would have experienced in our limited time, we thought the price was worth every penny. Thank you Stewart!
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This tour was a perfect...
Keith_F, Apr 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
This tour was a perfect start to our trip. We learned about the history of the city presented in a very entertaining format. Nicki was our guide and she was wonderful! Very entertaining! And the castle was amazing

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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