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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%
  • Terrible1%
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“souvenir shops” (443 reviews)
Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
Old Town
0131 510 75 55
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Reviewed today

We were here during the fringe festival. Its an amazing place to be, have spent most of our evening time in Edinburgh walking down this amazing street full of fun! There is not a single moment of boredom, its full of street artists and live...More

Thank Ishwari09
Reviewed yesterday

Loved this walk and good shopping for cashmere and all things Scottish. Good pubs, so much history! Wandered down after the visit to the Castle and really enjoyed it all.

Thank Bakerfamily1956
Reviewed yesterday

Loved having a view of this from our apartment window. Lots of tweed, mimes and plaid everywhere. Perfect location for a stay in Edinburgh.

Thank kathy-TRIP
Reviewed yesterday

After completing the tour of Edinburgh Castle, we leisurely enjoyed a stroll down the Royal Mile, for shopping, sightseeing and lunch. Many choices. Great people watching. And many buskers also to entertain the tourists.

Thank trishtogo
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ever city has it, a mile of nothing but touristy shops, but some are so authentic. This is an old street leading from Hollyrood to the castle. Walk up the street, taking your time, to savior all it has. Stop and have lunch or a...More

Thank lizardMarquette_MI
Reviewed yesterday

We were fortunate to live on the 5th floor by the FILLING STATION. Many stores to choose from but sometimes overpriced. The local pubs kept the shenanigans down to a minimum for us to maximize our sleep.

Thank Chad L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This majestic street takes you back in the past. Absolutely magical. So gothic so beautiful and so Harry Potter!

Thank shiprapadhi
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots to do on Royal Mile. One of my favorite areas in Edinburgh! Lots of pubs, shops, and restaurants. Will miss it. Can't wait to visit again.

Thank ssmith302
Reviewed yesterday

Crossing through Edinburgh's old town, the Royal mile is a Scottish mile, a little longer than a standard mile. You will be going uphill from Holyrood palace, so if you want to walk it start at the Castle. Note there are no street lights so...More

Thank W V
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Normal shopping. Some good and some bad. I am nit a fan of these areas unless I am in search of something specific.

Thank James 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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Brooke S
Is the Royal Mile a flat comfortable walk from Holyrood Palace (we are looking at staying in an apartment near here) or is it all uphill. If it is uphill is it still comfortable to walk, like i seriously dont want to be puffing and panting all the way even though i am quite fit. I cant seem to find much on TA about whether the Royal Mile is flat or steep/hilly. Looking forward to your responses
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
Can anyone tell me what shops on the Royal Mile sell the wooden spurtles - (cooking utensils) - Thanks Tammy
21 June 2016|
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Response from C S | Reviewed this property |
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Tammy D
is there a map that tells you where all the shops are and what they sell ?? Also, can someone tell me the names of the ones with the tartans made in Scotland Thanks Tammy
21 June 2016|
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Response from D P | Reviewed this property |
To be honest the Royal Mile is full of shops that sell Tartan so you won't have any issues finding any Tartan or Whiskey just walk the road.