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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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