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.
Tours to The Royal Mile
Edinburgh Private Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $43
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $21
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $32
Duration: 3 hours
The Royal Mile reviews
This is a great place, with lots of things to do and see. Due to the Covid restrictions some of the attractions either had to be booked in advance or you had to que. more »
Lovely street with some beautiful buildings. The street is on a slope so it's a bit of a walk. Parking nearby is hard to find and expensive. The gift shops are much the same as each other but at... 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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