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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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  • We enjoyed walking the Royal Mile. There are a lot of shops and interesting things to see. In fact, in one shop, a man will allow people to hold his eagle for a fee.  more »
  • We're in good extension of the Royal Mile. Has shops and attractions of all kinds. We found the best rate to Exchange Euros in Libra
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  • Beautiful Street between Edinburgh Castle and Holly red Castle. As they say, a Scottish mile, 1.8 km. full of attractions such as the St. Giles Cathedral, monuments, shops and restaurants. Wonderful atmosphere during daytime and in the evening. When the weather is nice, you can even see the coast as you towards Holyrood (down).
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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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