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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. Add The Royal Mile and other attractions to your Edinburgh trip itinerary using our Edinburgh trip builder.
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  • Wear comfy shoes...its a long walk from the castle to the palace especially when you have numerous shops and bars in the equation...and the side streets..it really is beautiful. I loved everything abo...  more »
  • Worth a visit - some very interesting buildings, keep looking upwards to see the amazing Victorian structures. Lots of typical capital city shops but some fascinating small local speciality shops too....  more »
  • Take a stroll and promenade between the Castle and Castle, the best of the day! This road is all about sighting. Highlight of any Edinburgh visit
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  • You have to follow it not necessarily everything but at least the first part which is down from the Castle. There are obviously too many souvenir shops but if you get in the side streets you'll see the old ways and the old centre of Edinburgh. Recommended
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