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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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  • We started our trek up the royal mile from the ugly parliament buildings. It is a steady steep walk to the end which is the castle. Edinburgh is a very old town so it’s a great walk. It does get a... 
    We started our trek up the royal mile from the ugly parliament buildings. It is a steady steep walk to the end which is the castle. Edinburgh is a very old town so it’s a great walk. It does get a...  more »
  • Visited as any tourist would as a must see on walk to castle. Lots of the same tourists shops so get your gifts then enjoy the architectual wonders that surround you on your walk to the castle. 
    Visited as any tourist would as a must see on walk to castle. Lots of the same tourists shops so get your gifts then enjoy the architectual wonders that surround you on your walk to the castle.  more »
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  • Absolutely magical and stunning street. The buildings really make you go back in time and all the different pubs and shops give a very nice atmosphere to the area. It's also a splendid walk to get to the castle. One of the top things to do in Edinburgh
  • Incredible part of the old city. Edinburgh castle itself would take almost the whole day to visit. The Scottish whiskey experience is not to be missed. The tartan weaving mill is excellent and loved the bagpipes being played on the road. I would love to visit again.

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