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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 had five days in Edinburgh and visited the Royal Mile several times. First, we participated in a walking tour to get our bearings. Later, we walked up the Royal Mile to get to the castle. Lots of b...  more »
  • From shops, pubs, palaces and a cathedral, Scottish bagpipers, trained owls, this street is full of life no matter where you turn. However, Victoria Street and Cockburn street which are adjacent to it...  more »
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