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The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

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The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare in Edinburgh's Old Town. Actually a bit longer than 1 mi (1.6 km), this succession of multiple streets spills downhill from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Stroll past stately Victorian buildings that now house restaurants, pubs, and shops, and stop to enjoy a street performance or two. The streets are steep in some places, so you can take a bus tour uphill to the castle and walk back down if you prefer. The Edinburgh Festival, a collection of smaller outdoor arts festivals, takes place throughout August with this area as its nexus. This might be the most exciting, if crowded, time to be on the thoroughfare. Plan to visit The Royal Mile during your Edinburgh vacation using our convenient Edinburgh trip planner .
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  • This very busy between Edinburgh Castle and the royal palace, street immerses us in beautiful historic buildings to the almost ever-present sound of bagpipe players. The Cathedral St-Giles, the Observatory and the Castle exhibits give us the desire to discover Scotland. Don't forget to enjoy a pint of beer and try the haggis.
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  • from castle to castle you and so many other tourists takes this superb city mile under you feet’s. There are so many nice stops on the way between the castles and make sure to see the heart of Edinbur...  more »
  • Fun pubs, amazing infrastructure and buildings, and lots of culture. Yes it is very touristy and high prices with lots of shops selling touristy things. Still, it is free to walk it!  more »
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  • Wonderful place. It's a great blend of tourists, students and locals. Restaurants are almost always good, people watching is phenomenal and the street performers are fascinating. (Note that my experiences have been from April to July; the Fringe Festival is a whole other world)
  • So worth a walk along this road in Edinburgh all the sites along the way incorporates many shops sites and unique street shows good cafes bars and it is vehicle free though it could be a bit hard if you have a problem walking due to the cobbled street, the many varied shops selling from simple fridge magnets to full blown traditional Scots attire. Always worth a wander as you never know what you will find
  • It's the main walk way for all things tourist and leads right up to Edinburgh Castle. As you get closer to the Castle the road becomes a walkway making the sidewalk a little less crowded. This walk is where you will see street preformers and there are plenty of restaurants and stores to suit everyone.
  • Visiting this section of town in Edinborough Scotland is a must, but staying there presents a lot of difficulties. Next time I would try to find a place within walking distance so I could enjoy some of the restaurants there, but access to it and parking where an issue sometimes.
  • Edinburgh is a lively friendly City which we very much enjoyed will be back
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