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Address: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Stretch of road connecting Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the...
Stretch of road connecting Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland.
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Just like the whole Old Town, the Royal Mile is a must! Even just for a walk. You feel the history with every step!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Just like the whole Old Town, the Royal Mile is a must! Even just for a walk. You feel the history with every step!

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This area of Edinburgh has all the pomp and elegance that you'd expect, only you can walk around and take it all in, imagining with great ease what it was like hundreds of years ago to see royalty head through these streets to the castle.

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Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Shops, visitor attractions and street performers. Lots going on and something for everyone whether it the castle, camera obscura, St Giles cathedral, Mary Kings close, watching a street performer, eating out, shopping for a Scottish souvenir and so much more, the royal mile has it all.

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Anglesea, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Mostly all the same but we did have a nice cheap lunch next to the Edinburgh museum. Definitely nice area and a few bagpipe buskers to make it more Scottish. Needed a bit of sunshine as all the walls look a bit drop.

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

A street worth visiting in Edinburgh! Bustling and in the heart of the city the Royal Mile has lots of restaurants and shops. Perhaps slightly overpriced as it is a very tourist orientated location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

You have to go to the Royal mile if you want to visit the Castle and Holyrood Palace, and it is a fun street. However, like so many places it is now just too touristy. Not to be missed though.

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Oxted, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I started from the Castle and went down the whole length to Holyrood House. Very vibrant and full of life at the top with lots of interesting buildings, architecture and nooks and crannies to explore. Many bars, restaurants and tourist shops to make the walk interesting. These peter out towards the end of the road where it is much quieter.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

With the castle at one end and the palace at the other, this 1.2 nautical mile street is full of shops, pubs, churches, history, restaurants and attractions. Great area to stroll around and just enjoy the Scottish life.

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Tarbert, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The shops have improved a bit from my last visit - less tat than before, and better for browsing. Avoid the tourist shops, and check the prices before you buy.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Nice gentle walk with great rewards at either end! Lots of quaint Scottish shops to wander in and out of. plenty of places to rest your legs and take in the atmosphere.

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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-flavored 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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.