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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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  • I have visited Scotland several times and really enjoy Edinburgh in particular and it doesn't really matter what time of the year it is always a joy to visit the "Royal Mile" This visit was made more ...  more »
  • Whilst it's busy you have an array of modern shops and also old Scottish shops and we love this we also found some quirky bits for Christmas Scotland really has been an experience. 
  • We stayed at Fraser Suit within throwing distance from Royal Mile before and after Halloween. It was a wonderful place during this time especially in the night of Halloween when thousands of people in...  more »
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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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