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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.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
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0131 510 75 55
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Reviewed today

Really enjoyed walking up & down the Royal Mile, so much to see & do. As you have the old city, as well as the new. So very quaint. Prefer here than London !!!

Thank snoopy92
Reviewed today

We rarely ventured off because we were only there for a weekend and most of what we wanted to see or eat was off the Royal Mile. Loads of restaurants and bars. The castle and palace are at each end. Bring good walking shoes and...More

Thank nicmccormick
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Edinburgh is a beautiful city the royal mile is mostly shopping with a few attractions thrown in if you want to spend the money. Definitely worth walking along and getting g a feel if the city

Thank Heather R
Reviewed yesterday

Wear your walking shoes! Lots of great shops and historical sites along the route. You will also see many street performers. Bring your camera....many opportunities for great photos.

Thank Kristi J
Reviewed yesterday

We thoroughly enjoyed walking the Royal Mile - it's VERY touristy, but hey - we're tourists! The shopping was fun and there are many historical attractions and lots of whiskey and pubs. Lots of cathedrals too - all well worth the visit.

Thank Euell
Reviewed yesterday

The Royal mile...some interesting history in the buildings that are on it, but it's very,very busy during the peak times. The usual touristy trap kinda stores. We do enjoy the little alley ways to discover and the names they have.

Thank Windsong76
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Plenty of shops pubs & restaurants very nice place to walk with dogs Always some kind of activities knocking about & everyone always happy

Thank Dean C
Reviewed yesterday

The Royal mile is full of shops and cafes. St. Giles cathedral is worth stepping in. Buildings are mostly 17th century. I recommend going at night at doing a ghost tour. Very fun and a great way to see the sites with some good stories.

Thank kcverbist
Reviewed yesterday

It's very touristy and shop-heavy but it's also worth a visit if you're in town as so much of the history happened here. We avoided the August festival crowds, which we understand to be very busy.

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed yesterday

Very touristy, but a few really good street performers. At the bottom of the mile near Hollyrood Castle is a great hiking area.

Thank Philly S
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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26 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