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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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  • There's a million and one cashmere shops but it's a lovely walk too have a browse in the tourist shops and get a drink in a nice bar! The buildings surrounding are beautiful! 
  • Quite a busy stretch surrounded by cathedrals and old structures. Very picturesque. Busy over the holidays and typical meeting points for the free city and ghost tours. My opinion is that the mile cou...  more »
  • Another visit here for us, unusually in winter. There was still plenty of activity here with walks and tours taking place. Atmosphere very good. Weather helped - cold and crisp, but the Christmas mark...  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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