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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 found a great whiskey shop near the Castle, cashmere scarves, lots of fun items of various qualities. We enjoyed Holyrood palace our first day out. Nice tea shop, Clarinda's, near Holyrood. St. Gil...  more »
  • Full of history and atmosphere Lots of variety. I highly recommend the Scottish national trust shop one of the oldest buildings on the mile 
  • Great shopping! It's in the middle of everything and if some store doesn't have what you're looking for chances are its only a store or two down the street. One shop owner even helped us by calling ot...  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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