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
$24 BOOK WITH VIATOR Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
$24 BOOK WITH VIATOR Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option
Duration: 1 hour
$20 BOOK WITH VIATOR Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
Duration: 2 hours
The Royal Mile reviews
Must visit this place when you are in Edinburgh . Great location . Many good restra . Very famous pubs. Great sight seeing . Many good shops for whisky and wine more »
You can’t visit Edinburgh without walking by the Royal Mile. We took a free tour (not actually free of course) the first day we visited. The tour will let you know a lot about the history and places..... 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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