Royal Mile

Royal Mile, EdinburghThis is one of the world’s oldest and most famous streets and it links Edinburgh Castle at the top of the hill, with the palace of Holyrood House at the bottom.

Walking “The Mile” as it’s known is an activity that visitors and locals have undertaken for hundreds of years.  To save your legs, it’s best walked down hill and along the way, you’ll see the castle, the Scotch Whisky Experience, St Giles Cathedral, the Scottish Parliament building and endless tartan-covered souvenir shops.

Most of the buildings in between though are jam packed full of history as the buildings on the mile have remained largely unchanged for centuries. Look out for the old toll house with its lovely clock and John Knox House in particular.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, the Royal Mile and the streets leading from it have become dotted with eateries ranging from traditional Scottish cafe’s to bistro style restaurants.  You’ll find restaurants chains, coffee shops and international cuisine around the Mile too. Different street names link up to make the Royal Mile, so you may find it called Canongate, High Street or Lawnmarket in places.

The Royal Mile is the starting point for many of Edinburgh’s Walking Tours.  The Murder & Mystery Walking Tour and the Secrets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile Walking Tour consistently get great reviews from tourists, but you can see the full list of walking tours available in Edinburgh here.


The Royal Mile runs from Holyrood House to Edinburgh Castle.

More on the The Royal Mile

Edinburgh City Guide – From our sister site,
Royal Mile – Official Website
Hotels near the Royal Mile – Best prices from
Murder & Mystery Walking Tour – This highly rated tour starts on the Royal Mile
Secrets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile Walking Tour – Also gets great reviews from tourists who’ve been on it
All Walking Tours In Edinburgh – See the full range of walking tours available
Edinburgh Guide Books –