The Royal Mile - a series of streets in Edinburgh

The Royal Mile - a series of streets in Edinburgh

The Royal Mile is a series of streets in Edinburgh, Scotland that connect Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyrood house. It is the main thoroughfare in the Old Town of Edinburgh and is lined with many shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. The Royal Mile is also known as "Castlehill", "High Street" and "Canongate".


The Royal Mile is made up of several streets, including Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, and Canongate. Along the way, visitors can explore a variety of historical sites, including the Scottish parliament building, St Giles' Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and the Canongate Kirk.

The Royal Mile is also home to many shops and restaurants, offering visitors the opportunity to purchase traditional Scottish goods, such as kilts, tartan, and Scottish whisky. Visitors can also find many traditional Scottish pubs and restaurants along the way.


One of the most popular attractions along the Royal Mile is the Edinburgh Dungeon, which offers an interactive and immersive experience that takes visitors through the darker side of Edinburgh's history.

The Royal Mile is also the location of several annual festivals and events, such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


Visitors can walk the Royal Mile from the Edinburgh Castle all the way down to the Palace of Holyrood house, it's a great way to explore the city and its history. The Royal Mile is easily accessible by foot and many bus and tram lines pass through it. The Royal Mile is a must-see attraction for visitors to Edinburgh, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and shopping.

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Let's look at some more Edinburgh attractions and things to do.

St. Giles Cathedral
Tour Calton Hill and the Scottish National Monument
The Museum of Edinburgh is a great place to learn about the city’s history
Greyfriars Church and Greyfriars Bobby
Edinburgh Zoo
Edinburgh’s Science Centre’s Dynamic Earth etc.

In the multimedia display Dynamic Earth, visitors travel through 500 million years of Earth history. With the aid of cutting-edge technology and top-notch special effects, its displays accurately recreate natural disasters like volcanoes, tropical rainstorms, and glaciers.

This fascinating scientific facility is housed in a cutting-edge tent-like structure and is best enjoyed by children. It is positioned close to Holyrood Park at the foot of Arthur's Seat. The excellent 360-degree Showdome, with its 3D movies and other conveniences, makes it as exciting as it is educational.
Pay a visit to the Mary King’s Closet
One of Edinburgh's newest sights, The Real Mary King's Close, offers a fascinating look inside one of the Royal Mile's earliest sections.

Under the storied Old Town neighborhood was Mary King's Close, which was partially destroyed in the 1700s to create room for the Royal Exchange. This network of narrow lanes, which is now underground, used to be a busy neighborhood full of tenement homes and has long been the setting for ghost tales and murders.