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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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  • It runs from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Essential to walk calmly to observe in detail the alleys (closes) that come out of it. Here are also the St Giles Cathedral, the statue of Adam Smith and Gladstone's Land.
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  • What a great place to enjoy the delights of Edinburgh nightlife. Our party started at the top beside the castle and worked our way down the mile visiting many of the interesting different drinking est...  more »
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