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Royal Mile

Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
0131 510 75 55
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Stretch of road connecting Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
Old Town
0131 510 75 55
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Reviewed today via mobile

On our first day, we just walked around to take it all in. There's so much to see and try. It wasn't very touristy when we went, but still a bit crowded. It was cold, so we stopped in as many shops as we could....More

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Outstanding people, shops, and historic landmarks in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh. No wonder Scotland voted "most beautiful country"

Thank Don B
Reviewed yesterday

The Royal Mile is full of history. From the narrow Closes and ancient buildings like John Knox's house to St. Giles Chapel right up to the Castle and right down to Holyrood Palace, you won't be disappointed. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for...More

Thank andie52
Reviewed yesterday

I was lucky to be in Edinburgh during the Fringe festival, which means the Royal Mile was PACKED with people and events and performers of all sorts. Visit for brilliant architecture and shops after a visit to the Castle.

Thank KoalAmy
Reviewed yesterday

Did the touristy bit and walked the 'Golden Mile'. It is very interesting how it has been 'touristified'. If you look beyond the façade of the souvenir shops,pubs and imagine what it was like, there is some very interesting architecture and history hidden away. Also,...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This the a fascinating and nostalgic trip through basically through old Edinburgh. Lots of shops, cathedrals, pubs, historical buildings, restaurants, small "market", buskers, etc. It stretches from Edinburgh Castle east towards the Palace (where the Queen resides when she's in Edinburgh) and Holyrood Park/Arthur's Seat...More

Thank PHLee7ca
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I don't think I would bother again. Edinburgh was confusing to drive around and parking was so expensive. When we eventually got to the mile, we where expecting Scottish shops being ran by local Scottish people......NOPE! There where loads of 'Scottish' shops all selling the...More

Thank bunny5770
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

as you would expect shops and pubs in the Royal Mile are priced accordingly, that said, it is an absolutely beautiful part of old town (definite must for newbies) If you are looking for overpriced cashmere, tartan, tweed or fridge magnets... there is no better...More

Thank LetmarElliel
Reviewed yesterday

This is a must for tourists as you will find every tourist in Scotland here. A mile walk between Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. there are a million shops/ pubs etc. so I suggest deciding beforehand which ones you want to go to. The traffic...More

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Can’t say I was too impressed. Some nice buildings but full of tourist shops selling tartan, whiskey and tat. Mind you, most city based tourist attractions are like that these days. A shame.

Thank Stuart H
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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27 July 2017|
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Response from david h | Reviewed this property |
The royal mile is very busy but I don't see why you couldn't get around on a mobility scooter.A large chunk of the mile is pedestrian only. The cobbles might be a problem but I'm not sure what the suspension on these... More
Brooke S
22 July 2016|
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Response from Tarainjag | Reviewed this property |
From Holyrood, it is all up hill. It is cobble stone, so shoes with heels or slippers/thongs/flip flops are not adviseable. Wheel chairs and walkers are very hard to push also because of the cobble stones. The sidewalks... More
Tammy D
21 June 2016|
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Response from rubyme | Reviewed this property |
The spurred or porridge stirrers will be available in most of the Scottish Shops.Just ask any of them if they don't stock it they will happily point you in the right direction