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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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“souvenir shops” (441 reviews)
Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
Old Town
0131 510 75 55
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Reviewed yesterday

What you want to do in Edinburgh you can do it on the Royal Mile. Shop, eat, visit, sightsee? it is all here. Don't miss it

Thank DollyNcUsa
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can't do Edinburgh without doing the Royal Mile. Print out Rick Steves' excellent walking tour ahead if time and follow it. You won't miss anything, and you'll know what your seeing.

Thank Ryan L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We love the 'Royal Mile' from the street entertainment to the shops and bars. The atmosphere is buzzing. Loads of people from all nationalities. We took a FREE walking Ghost Tour in the evening. Not really a ghost tour more like a lot of information...More

Thank helenmcveigh
Reviewed yesterday

Many shops, some lovely restaurants and a great bit of history. Great fun to see the sights on the old roadway. Tip - start at the top at the Castle, then it's all downhill!

Thank Bill C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The royal mile is a lovely and popular tourist attraction in Edinburgh City. I recently walked the length of the royal mile for the first time. A very nice thing to do for tourists. There's nice shops, cafes, restaurants, old architecture and bag pipe players...More

Thank Marie B
Reviewed yesterday

An architecturally beautiful street jammed pack with tourist and souvenir shops of varying quality. Some with high end cashmere and some with pure tat. Don't miss the little lanes leading off it that are little historical gems.

Thank Margaret D
Reviewed yesterday

Lovely to walk down,historical,plenty of shops and cafe's, though shops expensive, street artists, lots going on

Thank L0uanne
Reviewed yesterday

You will hear about it so go see it. Located in downtown Edinburgh. Full of history, shops, bars and restaurants.

Thank 55Traveller55714
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really interesting architecture. Great little walk with some interesting shops. A lot of scotch bars and restaurants knocking around.

Thank Jasonblob
Reviewed yesterday

The royal mile was great- 30 years ago. The top near the castle is now so full of tourist shops- cheap souvenirs made in china and cashmere sweaters, it's depressing... The lower half of the mile closer to Holyrood is better-more of the old authentic...More

Thank DJL_59
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.