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Royal Mile
The atmospheric Royal Mile thoroughfare cuts through the historic core of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, extending for slightly more than a mile from Edinburgh Castle all the way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Both sides of the partly pedestrianized street are bordered by historic granite buildings bearing shop display windows piled high with symbols of Scotland, from tartan to whisky to shortbread. In between the former tenements and taverns are darkened arm-width-wide alleyways, known locally as closes.

The Basics
Because it penetrates the very heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and is home to so many of the city’s star attractions, including St Giles’ Cathedral, the Scotch Whisky Experience, and Camera Obscura, the Royal Mile is a staple on Edinburgh sightseeing tours. Classic walking tours, Harry Potter–themed tours, and tours of the underground Real Mary King’s Close all cover portions of the Royal Mile, as do hop-on hop-off and ghost bus tours. Visitors based in Glasgow can take day tours to the city to see Edinburgh’s biggest attractions, among them, of course, the Royal Mile.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes as some surfaces are uneven and sloping.
  • To avoid an uphill slog, start at Edinburgh Castle and walk downhill to Holyrood Palace, then use public transport or a taxi to get back up.
  • The cobblestoned sections of the street can cause difficulty for some wheelchairs, strollers, and mobility devices.

How to Get There
The Royal Mile comprises a succession of streets, namely Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate, and Abbey Strand. It’s about a 5-minute walk from Princes Street tram station and even quicker from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

When to Get There
The Royal Mile is a much-frequented thoroughfare, and during the annual Edinburgh Festival in August, it is packed with visitors. If you can stomach the crowds, the atmosphere is truly something special with curbside entertainment courtesy of buskers and street performers.
 
Things to See on the Royal Mile
Many of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks are situated on the Royal Mile. In addition to the palace and castle at either end, you’ll find other centuries-old landmarks such as St Giles' Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and Canongate Kirk. It’s not all dusty old attractions, though—the Royal Mile is also the setting for the contemporary Scottish Parliament Building, a striking 2004-built concrete structure whose abstract shapes and forms take inspiration from such diverse references as Scottish landscapes and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s paintings.
Address: Edinburgh, Scotland
Admission: Free
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Private Half Day Edinburgh City Tour in a VIP Minibus

Explore Edinburgh in the comfort of an air-conditioned VIP Class Mercedes minibus on this private tour. Admire Edinburgh Castle, perched atop an extinct volcano, and hear tales of attempts to capture it. See the Old Town and hear from your guide about what life was like there in medieval times before contrasting it with the elegant Georgian buildings of the New Town. Includes hotel or port pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Edinburgh's Royal Mile - Private Walking Tour

Explore the backbone of Edinburgh's medieval city with this fully private walking tour along the length of the Royal Mile with a local Edinburgh tour guide. --- Avoid the crowds and get off the beaten track to uncover the secrets of the lanes and alleys - the 'closes' and 'wynds' - of the Old Town, and hear stories of the people who have lived and died here.--- With a wide range of architectural interest - from the modern Scottish Parliament to houses dating back to the 1560s - and over 900 years of history to explore, this is the perfect introduction to this side of Scotland's capital city.--- Your guide is Gareth, who set up Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours in 2014, and was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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Edinburgh Old Town public guided tour in French

This Edinburgh Old Town tour in French is ideal for first-time visitors. Get your bearings of the city, find out local tips, and hear stories about Edinburgh’s history. A walking tour takes you down cobbled streets, inaccessible by vehicles, and eliminates the hassle of having to get taxis or public transport. See the Parliament buildings, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and much more.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Free walking tour - Burke an Hare

This tour delivers the unvarnished, REAL story of Burke and Hare and what became known as the 'West Port murders'. Learn the truth about the pair of Irish migrants that are commonly mistaken for grave robbers and not the cold blooded killers that they actually were.Visit the locations in Edinburgh's Old Town where they carried out their grisly murders.The walk is narrated by a fully insured and licenced local tour guide.If you enjoy my tour you may wish to tip. Thanks
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Edinburgh City Centre Private Driving Tour including Edinburgh Castle & Rosslyn Chapel

Maximize time spent in Edinburgh with this full-day private driving tour in a traditional London taxi. With a group of up to four people, set out to see popular landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, the Royal Mile, and the Scottish Parliament. Learn about history and Scottish culture from your private guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Edinburgh

Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Edinburgh and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Edinburgh, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Edinburgh

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Edinburgh and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Edinburgh, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Edinburgh

Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Edinburgh and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Edinburgh, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Gory Stories: The Kids Tour

Learn about the real history of EdinburghEnjoy a family friendly walking ghost tour in a small groupSee artefacts found in Edinburgh’s secret undergroundHear about the grisly things that were once commonplace in Edinburgh life
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Edinburgh

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Edinburgh and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Edinburgh, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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Glencoe, Loch Ness, and The Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

See the best of Scotland in one action-packed day on this Glencoe, Loch Ness and the Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Pass Stirling Castle on route to Kilmahog with a guide, then continue through Rannoch Moor to the soaring Highland peaks of Glen Coe. Head along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and gaze over Ben Nevis — Scotland’s highest mountain. Enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, and learn the famous legend of Nessie! Visit Inverness, then travel through the mighty Grampian Mountains to Edinburgh.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Save valuable vacation time with skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle on this walking tour. Listen to your guide's commentary about the Scottish landmark's history as you walk through the fortress.
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at 14 strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart approximately every 20 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh this walking tour with skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence, and pass iconic locations like St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square and John Knox House.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

See the sights you want to see in Edinburgh on this independent day trip from London. Travel to the Scottish capital by train, and then make use of an included Edinburgh hop-on hop-off bus tour to set your own sightseeing schedule. Visit Edinburgh Old Town; wander along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Royal Mile; and choose to visit the St. Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland, and a whole host of other top attractions. An entrance ticket for Edinburgh Castle is also included.
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Duration: 16 hours
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Edinburgh Old Town Evening Tour, Including Blair Street Underground and Dram of Whisky at Megget's Cellar

Edinburgh is notoriously one of the most haunted places in the UK, making it a prime destination for ghost-hunters. Dare to discover the city’s dark side on this evening tour and visit the eerie Blair Street Underground Vaults, follow in the footsteps of the infamous Edinburgh Mob, then settle your nerves with a dram of Scotch whisky in Megget's Cellar.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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The Royal Military Tattoo, Edinburgh City Tour, Rosslyn Chapel Tour and Dinner from Edinburgh

Edinburgh is at its busiest during the Royal Military Tattoo but you can get away from the crowds on this private guided tour. Traveling in minibus in the company of just your party and a guide, explore the city streets from the medieval Old Town to the Georgian New Town before heading out of town to Rosslyn Chapel. Enjoy a 4-course dinner back in the city before taking your reserved seats for the spectacle that is the Military Tattoo, an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, and dance.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

Experience the grandeur of Scotland’s brooding capital with a full-day shore excursion of Edinburgh. With an expert guide, journey by coach to the city’s main attractions such as the formidable Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Yacht Britannia, owned by the British Royal Family for more than four decades! Accompany your local guide on a stroll along the Royal Mile and through Old Town, the city’s oldest quarter strewn with historic landmarks.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets in Edinburgh on this walking tour. Explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a guide, and gain insight into famous writers and inventors who have called the city home such as Sir Walter Scott, Alexander Graham Bell and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hear tales of Scotland's national bard—Robert Burns—and discover top landmarks such as St Giles’ Cathedral and the National Galleries of Scotland. Capture Edinburgh through the eye of your camera as you go, and find out what makes this ancient city tick.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Edinburgh Famous Underground Ghost Tour

Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Edinburgh Night Walking Including Underground Vaults

Explore a sinister side of Edinburgh on this late-night ghost walking tour that includes the Blair Street Vaults under South Bridge. Stroll mysterious alleyways as you listen to your guide’s grim and ghastly tales of treason and torture. Then venture underground for a candlelight tour of the 18th-century chambers and hear haunting stories of supernatural forces lingering in the city's darkest corners.
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales with a 2-hour haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.
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Edinburgh Real Fear Ghost Tour: Old Town, Cemetery, and Underground Vaults

Edinburgh’s stately streets hide a darker, more mysterious side of the city, rooted in its 18th-century slums, ‘wynds,’ (alleyways), and vaults. This 75-minute tour takes you back in time to this shadowy world, exploring dark cobbled lanes, a haunted cemetery, and underground vaults. As you explore, your costumed guide shares captivating tales of the city’s history, along with stories of ghosts, murders, crimes, and more.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Sightseeing Excursion with Chauffeur

Your Edinburgh Private Sightseeing Excursion takes in the stunning capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is our hometown, and like a lot of locals we're proud of our cityAs your excursion is private you call the shots, enjoy the sights & attractions of Edinburgh at your pace. You will take in all the major sights & attractions our capital has to offer, from our mighty castle and cobbled back streets to The Royal Palace along with stunning views from Holyrood Park and over the Forth of Firth we can cover all locations and as it is your day if there is something you want to see Aura will ensure it is added to your itineraryWith so many places to visit our tour allows you to visit the parts of Edinburgh you want to see, just remember this is Your Day, Your Way!With Door to Door service from Edinburgh and customisable your day is planned in advance to ensure you visit the locations you want, the itinerary lists the possible locations and must be agreed prior to arrival.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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