Gotta love those shops with the bagpipe music blaring out, selling genuine tartan! :o)
28 reviews of Walk along the Royal Mile in English
Enjoyable walk up and down the Royal Mile. Predictably many souvenir shops but buskers good, St Giles Cathedral a highlight (try the jacket spuds there instead of the pizza chains). Fringe shop excellent.
I always enjoy walking along the Royal Mile when in Edinburgh. I found a wealth of unusual shops such as a mystical/witchcraft shop, Christmas shops and a Russian shop just off the Royal Mile in St. Mary's Street. I was not impressed by the tacky tartan shops however. It is a wonderful place for those interested in history, I was fascinated by the spot at the Castle where they used to burn witches and David Rizzio's grave. I did a whisky tour and plucked up the courage to visit Mary King's Close. I also visited the People's Museum and the Scottish Parliament before heading down to Holyrood Palace. This is a truly wonderful little corner of the world and a must see for all visitors to the capital.
I do a lot of recommendations for out-of-town academics & businesspeople visiting the city and I've never hesitated in keeping it simple, and sending guests here when they first arrive. It gives you a great feel for the city, it's history and it's development. I think it's so easy to take the street for granted when you live here, but look through the eyes of a tourist and you're quickly reminded. You've got a number of great museums, exhibition spaces, pubs, restaurants, public spaces, gift shops, and some of the most important public sector headquarters - all before even mentioning the Castle & Palace. Enough for a full day of sightseeing without ever leaving the street!!
I love to walk down the Royal Mile because there is always so much going on. Stretching from the castle to Holyrood palace, the mile is lined with a variety of shops, cafes and pubs. There are places to visit along the way as well like the underground Mary King's Close and lots of street stalls and performers. Always a great atmosphere.
A lovely sedate stroll down the Royal Mile is a must for those just visiting the city of Edinburgh. You can spend the entire day in this one small part of town and not satisfy your curiosity, it is literally crammed all the way with awesome little shops, pubs and restaurants.
It has the Castle at the top and Holyrood is at the very bottom, which are both rather essential touristy things to see, and also there's a lovely park at Holyrood as well. After missioning all the way down it's a good place to chill on a nice day.
And for those who've already been there ,done that, a suggestion: try cycling up the Royal Mile. Hefty.
The Royal Mile is a great place to have a walk along as it is full of history. The street itself is old and cobbled and stretches from the castle at the top right down to Holyrood Abbey. Along the way are lots of closes which are small narrow streets to explore. There are plenty of attractions to see including the castle, camera obscura, John Knox’s house, Museum of Childhood and St Giles Cathedral. There are also lots of shops and cafes to stop and have a look in or a drink on your way. If you want something stronger then there are also lots of pubs!
The Royal Mile is a great place to stroll down if you were in Edinburgh. Its a very long open street where they usually host annual events and festivals there and its a popular destination for the big Edinburgh festival. There are a few boutique shops there and there are many old historic buildings there too! There is lots of things to see and do, during the Royal Mile which is great for the family and there are a few souvenir shops as well, so worth getting something.
The Royal Mile is a great place to visit when your in Edinburgh, at first when someone told me what the Royal Mile was I didn’t think 2 seconds of it, but after being there and seeing the old buildings, it has really given me an insight to Edinburgh and that they keep there old historic building safe and nice. The Royal Mile goes all the way for to the bottom of the town and you can see sights such as St Giles Cathedral and the old Toll Boot Prison. I would definitely say this is the main place where they hold there Festivals, because it is rather spacious and open for tourists to visit.
The Royal Mile is a great part of Edinburgh for those who want to see the more historic side of the city. If your looking for scottish gifts this is the place to come. Going for a walk along The Royal Mile is great on a sunny summer’s day especially during August with the festival. The only bad thing i really find is that when you approach the parliament towards the bottom of the hill it gets a bit diorty and grubby which is a pity!
Love the atmosphere, quirky closes, ghosties lurking round each corner. Very evocative of Edinburgh’s dark past. Some great spots and buzz in the air, but a bit over the top tourism. Quite romantic nevertheless…
The Royal mile can’t be missed - it gives a good idea of ’ old EDINBURGH’ walking up and down the cobbled streets is lovely - especially on a summers day .
The royal mile is always buzzing , particularly during the festival. There are lots of lovely boutique type shops and a lot of shops filled with nasty tartan tat!! The royal mile leads up to the castle and is always very busy with tourists.
Be warned its a steep walk , but there are many small cafes and coffee bars so you could always stop for a break on the way up and watch the passers by.
A good walk along the royal mile is just something that you cannot do if you are a visitor or tourist.It has a lot pubs aswell so you can pop in and have a drink and a meal.It also offers shops to go into.
A walk down the Royal Mile is a must for any visitor. I recommend starting your walk at Holyrood House and walking towards the castle, poppoing into the Museum of Edinburgh, Peoples Story & Museum of Childhood on your way!
Do it soon, as new construction plans on the mile may change its facade forever!
You have to walk down the Royal Mile to get a real flavour of the Old Town of Edinburgh. On foot you are able to go into the little openings called “closes”. Some are connections to other streets, others reveal an entrance to another house behind.
At the top you have the Castle, part way down St Giles Cathedral and at the bottom Holyrood Palace and the Parliament. It will tkae a bit of time to walk down, but in this direction you are going downhill, so it is easier. And there are numerousl bars and cafes en route if you need to break for a little. Good spots are Always Sunday and Spoon, in particular.
A walk down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle is a good way to see a snap-shot of the life in this part of the city. I think if it is convenient you should start at the castle, from here you’ll get a view north over the Princess Street Gardens or South to the Meadows.
Near the castle is generally mobbed with tourists, I would recommend if you can don’t visit anything in Edinburgh during the main festival season of August, the rest of the year it can be very busy but not crazy busy.
Heading down the mile towards Holyrood Palace is strange as you get further from the pure tourist attraction of the castle and closer to Holyrood, a working royal residence , you also get further from the shops selling a load of rubbish and passing it of as authentic, traditional and Scottish, beware any tiny shop describing itself as a factory outlet or clearance sales.
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ContainsMildPeril, 27 November 2008:
The Royal Mile is a lovely piece of Edinburgh’s architectural history.
I wish there weren’t so many shops lining it selling utter 'tat’ though. it spoils the ambience.
Lots of nice buildings, a cobbled road and a castle at the top - what more could you want?
If you are a tourist visiting Edinburgh this is a must. Lots of traditional Scottish shops. Fun day for all the family. Theres an observation tower where you can spy on people! Nearby the Edinburgh Dungeons! As well as Games Workshop and old town museum i think.
This is a nice walk (would recommend walking down it rather than up if you are a bit unfit though!) and it is full of a few quirky little places on the way down. At practically each step there is a bit if history facing you - the closes have many a tale to tell as does the John Knox House and Heart of Midlothian. And then, further on, you get the more residential area, a bit off the tourist track, where you get odd shops like the christmas shop and the posh sweetie place. This bit is, for me, the real heart of the Royal Mile -the fine old buildings stand tall and strong and the old town comes to life as you head towards Holyrood. A lovely walk.
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