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The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

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Historic Walking Area Landmark
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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  • From Castle to Holyrood, the Royal mile just oozes history and interest for those who want to know such things; St Giles Cathedral, John Knox's House, the City Chambers and the oldest buildings in the...  more »
  • Interesting walk, all lined with shops of every kind. Goes right to Holyroodhouse. Stop for a beer, look through the weaving mill, have some fish and chips, or watch (your wallet) one of the many stre...  more »
  • The royal mile is a lovely walk with great restaurants and pubs and your quintessential souvenir shops. There are charming little side streets to explore as well. The mile is very much tuned into the ...  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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