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The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

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Must see · Landmark · Tourist Spot
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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  • Fabulous walk up with lots of shops and entertainment, well worth the walk up to the castle for the views and wandering around the Royal Mile was most excellent with the little passageways.  more »
  • Nice place to wander around. Alot of touristy tartan shops, but all adds to the atmosphere. Plenty of nice cafes, bars etc to rest. Interesting historic buildings, with, of course, the lovely castle.....  more »
  • 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.

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