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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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  • From Edinburgh Castle to the House of Holyrood Palace the Royal Mile is a top destination for tourists visiting Edinburgh. While there are many chain tourist stores lining the Royal Mile you will...  more »
  • A very touristy Royal Mile (1.6 kilometres) between the Castle gates and the Palace gates. Lots of shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes.  more »
  • Walking down the Royal Mile is walking in the footsteps of history, it is simply breath-taking and not to be missed.  more »
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  • Such a delight walking up and down here. Some great pubs including, the Royal Mile Tavern and the pub next to it. Both do very good food. At top of the mile is a Nicholson pub, the Deacon and the Brodie where RLStevenson gained inspiration for his horror classic. Further up is the castle.
  • Great walk and loads of history. Architecture is amazing. Downside is too many tourist shops selling the same thing.
  • A nice one day walk through. What I didn't like - most of the shops had all the same products to sell and looked Chinese made. They need more stores that sell local handmade items that are unique to Scotland.
  • Such fun in a beautiful town. Great for everyone. Absolutely stunning. The people of Scotland are the absolute best.
  • So much to see and shop. Hundreds of unique quaint little shops. All kinds of interesting things and everyone we met were so friendly. I wish we had more time there to just explore them all.

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