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Bookended by Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile (it's actually slightly longer than a mile) is the grand center of Edinburgh's Old Town. The Royal Mile is dominated by granite, giving it a dark, Gothic feel, and lined with majestic buildings - banks, churches, courthouses. 

It was first modeled in the 12th century, when it was called Via Regis (the Way of the King). It’s not many thoroughfares that can claim to follow a path carved out by a glacier!

Even though these days it's Tourist Central - it's jam-packed during the Edinburgh Festival, and year-round is heavy on the tartan'n' shortbread kitsch - it still somehow manages to maintain its feeling of splendor.

Practical Info

The Royal Mile is actually a series of streets, running from Castle Esplanade in the west through Castlehill, Lawnmarket (which used to be the old open-air linen market), High Street and Canongate. It finishes at Abbey Strand, which leads into Holyrood Palace. 

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Royal Edinburgh Ticket Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tours and Edinburgh Castle Admission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 69 Reviews

Explore Edinburgh with a hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket, and see the city's royal sights at your own pace. An easy and convenient way to experience the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $76.95

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 477 Reviews

With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this City Sightseeing tour is the best way to see the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $21.76

Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Royal Mile and Entry to Edinburgh Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 94 Reviews

Pack in history, mystery and local flavor on this 2-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Follow an informative guide into Old ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.08

Edinburgh Guided Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This guided walk with our unique guide, Stuart Usher, will entertain and enthrall you. His family have historic connections with Edinburgh (his great-great ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.31

Edinburgh Ghost Tour by Vintage Bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Prepare to be scared silly on a 1-hour ghost bus tour around Edinburgh’s ghoulish haunts. Under the guidance of a creepy onboard conductor, cruise around ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.87

Best Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

There are ghoulish goings-on in the ancient city of Edinburgh on this spine-tingling 1.5-hour tour, and the city’s spirits seem more restless than ever! Head ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 80 minutes (approx.)

From USD $13.99

Cupcake and Macaron Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Discover Edinburgh’s best cupcakes, macarons, shortbread cookies and more on a 2.5-hour walking tour with six samples included! Perfect for anyone with a sweet ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.19

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