Royal Mile aka High Street, Edinburgh

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    ~ Walk a Mile ~

    by RavensWing Written Apr 15, 2015

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    The Royal Mile has many different attractions, historical buildings, cafe's, restaurants, pubs and of course souvenir shops.

    It is a very popular place, it is always packed with people day and night. It's great though as you can find anything you wish on this street. Whether you're out for supper, looking for that special trinket to bring home to your family/friends, looking for a ghost tour, a pub to rest your feet for a few minutes before you head out again, maybe a Whiskey tour, the fun interactive Camera Obscura World of Illusions or the underground Mary's Close. There is no shortage of things to do along the Royal Mile.

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    History, Tartan and Ghosts

    by EasyMalc Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    First impressions of the Royal Mile might lead you to the conclusion that the most famous thoroughfare in Scotland is just one long street encouraging swarms of tourists to part with their hard earned money on buying ‘Tartan Tat’, but scratch below the surface and it will soon become apparent why this spinal chord that joins the castle with Holyrood has played such an important part in Edinburgh’s - and Scotland’s - history.
    The history goes back a long way too - about 340 million years in fact. This was around the time when volcanic activity, followed by glaciers during the ice age, helped to form a classic example of what geologists call a ‘Crag and Tail’. Obviously the crag is where the castle sits, and the tail is the ridge that has become known as the Royal Mile.
    This famous artery is not just one street but five - Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand, and if you’ve not been here before it helps to know where each one is and what it has to offer.
    It’s worth mentioning though that the city grew down from the castle, and up from the Abbey of Holyrood and eventually met somewhere in the middle. This will help to explain how the different streets evolved.
    The busiest end is the top half from the High Street, through the Lawnmarket and up to Castlehill. Excluding the Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House, there are still plenty of places to visit up and down here, so it’s best to try and work out in advance what interests you most before you start out.
    Each of the streets are lined with tall tenement buildings interspersed with ‘Closes’. These courtyards and alleyways are an integral part of old Edinburgh and abound with stories that will make your hair curl and a dream location for ghost tours.
    The Royal Mile has everything from history, architecture, attractions, shops, and pubs, so don’t expect a quiet time here. You probably won’t have time to see everything so it’s worth having a bit of a plan to make sure that you see what you want to - and then head for the shops, pubs and ‘Tartan Tat’.

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    Royal Mile

    by solopes Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    The Royal Mile connects the castle with Holyroodhouse, and is the main touristic path in Edinburgh.

    Lined with services to tourists (gift shops, bars and restaurants), here and there we see a classified building or a church, with evidence to St. Giles Cathedral.

    A nice walk for everyone of us, except Fernanda who was sick.

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    Royal Mile

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 14, 2014

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    The Royal Mile is a name for the main street of the Old Town which runs on a downwards slope from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace and the ruined Holyrood Abbey.

    You can watch my 2 min46 sec Video Edinburgh walking along out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    The Royal Mile - La Milla Real

    by elpariente Written Nov 11, 2013

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    The Royal Mile is the road linking from West to East the Old Town of Edinburgh, from the Castle to the Palace of Holyrood. The mile consists of several streets with different names, starts at the Castle with Castle Esplanade and continues with Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand when it arrives at Holyrood House
    Here you can do a lot of things, so you can choose what you like best :
    - Visit the Castle and Holyrood House
    - Visit interesting sites such as the Scottish Wisky Center, The Weaving Mill, the Camera Oscura, the Writers Museum ...
    - Churches such as St. Giles Cathedral, Tron Kirk, Canongate Kirk...
    - Pubs: Ensign Ewart, Deacon Brodie's Tavern, The World's End ...
    - Look for ghosts in the "Closes and Wynds" such as Mary King's Close
    - To buy souvenirs, they say that is not good bargain , because all the shops belong to the same company

    La Milla Real es la vía que une de Oeste a Este la Old Town de Edimburgo , desde el Castillo hasta el Palacio de Holyrood . La milla está formada por calles con distintos nombres, empieza en el Castillo con Castle Esplanade y sigue con Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate e Abbey Strand hasta que llega a Hollyrood House
    Aquí puedes hacer un montón de cosas , asi que puedes elegir lo que más te guste :
    - Visitar el Castillo o Holyrood House
    - Sitios interesantes como el Centro del Wisky Escoces , El taller de Hilatura , La Cámara oscura, Museo de los escritores...
    - Iglesias como la Catedral de San Gil, la Iglesia de Tron, la iglesia de Canongate
    - Pubs : Ensign Ewart, Deacon Brodie's Tavern, The World's End...

    - Puedes buscar fantasmas en los "Closes y Wynds" como el de Mary King's Close
    - Comprar recuerdos , por cierto dicen que no hay que buscar mejores precios , pues todas las tienda son de la misma compañía

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    A nice street to stroll about.

    by Askla Updated Dec 20, 2012

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    The Royal Mile must by right be one of the most famous streets in the World. It's stuffed with history as well as nice little modern shops in a delightful mix. Along the street there is, amongst other houses, of course the Castle, the Cannonball House, St. Giles Cathedral, Camera Obscura, the City Chambers, Riddle's Court, Moubray House which is said to be the oldest house in the city dating back to ~1450, the Moray House, the Scottish Parliament, the Palace of Holyrood House and last but not least, the Holyrood Abbey.

    Next time in Edinburgh I will have to spend a lot more time to fully explore the street....

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    Royal Mile

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 27, 2012

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    The Royal Mile is a collective name for the streets connecting Edinburgh Castle, at the top end, with Holyrood House at the bottom. The official names of these streets are Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate, and a short stretch called Abbey Strand leading up to the entrance of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    Along the Royal Mile there are at least two dozen buildings that could with some justification be described as tourist attractions, so it's no wonder you can find lots of tourists along here. In fact if you have lost some tourist acquaintances and can’t reach them on their cell phones, this would be a good place to start looking for them.

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    A nice hike back to the middle ages

    by geetamallya Written Jul 15, 2010

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    The royal miles is quite a long road, startin from the Holyrood Palace which is the official residence for when Queen visits Edinburgh and ends at the Edinburgh Castle. The entire strech houses a lot of shops selling local eats and drinks (ofcourse), soveigner shops, antique shops and many other places of interest.

    Some times, you would also find small time artists selling their art, or doing street shows.

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    THE ROYAL MILE

    by hevbell Updated Jul 4, 2009

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    The so called 'Royal Mile' is the road which takes in Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, High Street and Cannongate and leads from Edinburgh Castle at the top to the Palace of Holyrood (the Queens official Scottish residence) at the bottom.
    Its very touristy, this is the place to go to get all that tartan and stuff like that as there are a whole heap of gift shops. There are, however, also a lot of interesting sites along the way - the Whiskey Heritage centre is at the top near the castle, there is also John Knox's House, Gladstones Land, St Giles Cathedral, the Museum of Childhood and various pubs and eating places dotting the road. The buildings are varied and make for an interesting walk.

    Me in front of John Knox House

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    The Royal Mile - Souvineers, churches, pubs

    by littlesam1 Written Mar 20, 2009

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    While in Edinburgh every visitor will want to walk the Royal Mile. There are shops, restaurants, churches, junky souvineer stores, and other tourists. It will lead you to the Edinburgh Castle. And its great fun to explore the many sights on your way to the cliff top castle. We spent an afternoon walking with our host Sue (Suet). She knew a lot about the city and was a wonderful guide. We walked through the shops, had a drink at a pub, explored some churches and had many laughs. If you don't have a host to guide you, grab a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide and start you walk. The guide has a map for exploring the Royal Mile and then the castle area.

    Souvineer shop on the Royal Mile

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    The famous street of Edinburgh

    by dhina Updated Aug 3, 2008

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    It is my fave street with its coblestone and old buildings. A beautiful street which lead us to Edinburgh castle. There are lots of cafes, restaurants, hostels, shops and tour providers along the street.

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    A great place to explore

    by stevemt Updated Jul 23, 2007

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    The Royal Mile is the popular name for the succession of streets which form the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh's Old Town. As the name suggests, it was equivalent to a Scottish mile between two foci of history in Scotland, from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock down to Holyrood Abbey.

    By the West Door of St Giles is the Heart of Midlothian, a heart-shaped mosaic built into the pavement marking the site of the former Tolbooth (prison). Tolbooth prisoners used to spit as they entered the prison, and this tradition is maintained by some people, who spit on the Heart for good luck as they walk past.

    There is so much to see and do here.

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    Royal Mile with wynds & closes

    by himalia11 Written Jul 5, 2007

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    The Royal Mile connects Edinburgh Castle with the Hollyrood Palace. Along this street, you'll find several nice old buildings for example St Giles Cathedral, the old parliament building, the High Kirk and the Canongate Church. And of course there are lots of shops, pubs and restaurants – it's a very touristy street!

    But what I found most fascinating were the "wynds" and "closes", little alleys between the buildings that diverge from the street. You'll find really a lot at the Royal Mile! Wynds are open at both ends, whilst closes are open at only one end and will lead you to some courtyards. It's really interesting to follow a such alley and I can imagine that in the dark with these ghost tours this is really scary!

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    A Walk Down the Royal Mile

    by monkeytrousers Written Apr 16, 2007

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    A great way to pass time and to see the old town is just to go for a stroll down the Royal Mile. You will see some great and intersting buildings and architecture. It takes about 10-20mins to walk from the castle down to Holyrood to walk the length of the Royal Mile.

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    Royal Mile

    by jeoren Written Feb 9, 2007

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    The Royal Mile is a road to walk after visiting the Castle on the hill. Feel the atmosphere, have a coffee at the Starbucks and finally have a look at the modern Parliament building in the east of the city.

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