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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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  • Lots of tourist shops and lovely architecture along the Mile with views of the castle. Worth a stroll to get a feel for the city  more »
  • The Royal Mile is Edinburgh's most famous street, captivating and meanders eastward from the castle to Holyrood Palace. In addition to the Castle, the major attractions along the road lined with restaurants, pubs and shops of souvenirs and cashmere are: the Scotch Whisky Experience, offering different packages of tour and tasting of whiskey, the Cathedral of St. Giles, the Scottish Parliament and several historic buildings. Don't overlook alleys and streets that branch off from the main road, which preserve a historic atmosphere not to be missed.
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  • It is impossible not to walk along this road, since it supports everything that is old. In addition to the large number of shops, restaurants, pubs and historic areas, the street has its own history, so take a walk and try to find all the mysteries hidden worth.
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Edinburgh hides a maze of cobbled streets dotted with boutique hotels offering inexpensive rooms and outstanding restaurants. Many of the city's Gothic buildings house chic hotels with easy access to most of the city’s main tourist sites. For a uniquely Scottish experience, consider staying in the famous old town. Despite being in this historical district, many hotels here feature contemporary decor with lots of glass walls and muted color schemes. They’re also known for offering spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and restaurants serving classic European cuisine, with a modern Scottish twist.
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