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Royal Mile

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Stretch of road connecting Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland.
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Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Stayed 2 days in Edinburgh and we were able to get to everything by going up or down the mile. Lots of shops, restaurant and attractions from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood.

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Reviewed yesterday

This area is amazing. You could spend days walking along the street, exploring small streets and soaking up the atmosphere.

Thank Jonty52
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very busy and lots of shops selling the same stuff. Some interesting street performers though, and nice pubs and bars.

Thank debra w
Reviewed yesterday

This is a must see in Edinburgh. Loads of shopping, food, sites. Beautiful street with access to other attractions.

Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Royal Mile seems to have been given over almost exclusively to the tourist market and is the worse for it. Almost every second shop is a 'tartan' shop or a 'Scottish Gift Shoppe', all peddling much the same thing. A couple of street artists...More

Thank Fwombats
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is as you expect it to be, a mile (+) of tourist shops sprinkled with restaurants here & there. The farther you get from Edinburgh Castle, the better the food options get. It is something you can spend a good portion of time at...More

Thank WestCoastRagnar
Reviewed 2 days ago

Because every travel book talks about it, this street is covered with tourists and we didn't find anything spectacular about it other than when you try to imagine life a century ago. The first half of it, near the Castle is crowded even in September....More

Thank thefrenchguy2015
Reviewed 2 days ago

Even though it was rainy and cold at times, we enjoyed our walk of the Royal Mile. There is so much to see and so much history. Loved St Giles Church and the old graveyards.

Thank Jan D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great to walk during the day alot of people still around on a night but felt a bit scary alot drunks

Thank Leanned22
Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved the littles shops along the Royal Mile. The Castle is a must see. So mush history. Lots of restaurant and great food. So easy to take the train in town.

Thank Torontotravelingguy
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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October 12, 2018|
Response from Brenda D | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I don't have any contact information for them. Perhaps city hall for Edinburgh would be able to help?
August 14, 2018|
Response from Brenda D | Reviewed this property |
To get the authentic St. Andrews apparel, you'd most likely have to go to the golf course. That being said, it's a scenic ride from Edinburgh and well worth the trip!
August 14, 2018|
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Response from Lisa R | Reviewed this property |
Plenty of clothing shops on the Royal mile, we were surprised just how many.