The Royal Mile

Historic street in Edinburgh filled with visitor attractions

The Royal Mile is Edinburgh's historic highway and synonymous with the Old Town. At 1 mile and 107 yards it connects two of Edinburgh's most important attractions -- Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House. Along the way there are countless specialized shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and many places of historical and cultural interest.

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The Royal Mile is actually made up of several streets though it is generally known as the 'High Street'. These are from top to bottom:

  • The Esplanade
  • Castlehill
  • Lawnmarket
  • High Street
  • Netherbow
  • Canongate
  • Abbey Strand

The Royal Mile is the backbone of Edinburgh's Old Town and key moments in Scottish history have been played out in the area. Being such an intensely populated street, legends of ghosts and mystery have been around for hundreds of years. Today the Royal Mile is Edinburgh's hottest tourist spot.

When to visit the Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is far too extensive to explore in detail in a single day. However, if you're short on time you can just visit the highlights as presented below.

You can split your Royal Mile tour in 2 days as follows. On the first day start from the North Bridge and make you way up on the right hand side to Edinburgh Castle and then down on the left hand side to the Tron Kirk. You can have lunch and refreshments on the way.

Start your second day of the Royal Mile tour by walking down from North Bridge along the left hand side of the Royal Mile, visit Holyrood Palace and then start making your way up again until you reach to the Tron.

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