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  • Address: Edinburgh, Scotland
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  • Admission: Free

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 Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, null
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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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 $35.85
The Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour and Walking Overground Tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, ... 
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The Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour and Walking Overground Tour of Edinburgh

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Discover Edinburgh's hidden history with The Real Mary King's Close. Join this 2 hour tour and see and hear how Edinburgh's Old Town developed into the vibrant ...  Read more

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

From USD $24.97
Edinburgh Private Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Attraction Tickets
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Explore Scotland’s ancient capital and see a side to the city many visitors miss on this private 2.5-hour Edinburgh walking tour. Follow a private guide ...  Read more

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

From USD $32.01
Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour, Edinburgh, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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When your cruise ship arrives in Edinburgh, get to know Scotland’s capital on this full-day shore excursion. Board a comfortable coach and enjoy a panoramic ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.19
Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus, Edinburgh, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus

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Explore Edinburgh, which has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th Century and stands proudly on seven hills, from the comfort of your own private ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $422.58
Cupcake and Macaron Walking Tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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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 $51.22
Small Group Walking Tour of Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, Food Tours
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Small Group Walking Tour of Edinburgh Old Town

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See the best of Edinburgh Old Town with a local guide in a small group of other travellers to guarantee you aren't just a face in a big tour group. Enjoy being ...  Read more

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

From USD $28.17
Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Walking Tours
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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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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 $12.81
Private Edinburgh Sightseeing and History Tour, Edinburgh, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Private Edinburgh Sightseeing and History Tour

Tour guide Alan has worked in the Scottish tourist industry since 1991. He has a first class degree in Scottish History, and loves nothing better than showing ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.03
Edinburgh Smart Phone Photography Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Edinburgh Smart Phone Photography Walking Tour

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See the best sights in Edinburgh Old Town, hear stories you'll love and get photos you didn't think possible by just using your smart phone. Your guide will ...  Read more

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

From USD $38.42

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