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Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Basics

Because it penetrates the very heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and is home to so many of the city’s star attractions, including St Giles’ Cathedral, the Scotch Whisky Experience, and Camera Obscura, the Royal Mile is a staple on Edinburgh sightseeing tours. Classic walking tours, Harry Potter–themed tours, and tours of the underground Real Mary King’s Close all cover portions of the Royal Mile, as do hop-on hop-off and ghost bus tours. Visitors based in Glasgow can take day tours to the city to see Edinburgh’s biggest attractions, among them, of course, the Royal Mile.

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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
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$26.75 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good tour!
Wet day but guide kept out interest and we enjoyed the tour. Definitely add on the Edinburgh Castle entry as you can skip the line and get tickets that sell out regularly.
Chris_M, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Magical mile tour
Barbara_K, Aug 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Davidwas our tour guide, and he did an exceptional job of showing us all of the secrets of the Royal Mile. His knowledge of the history, architecture, and legends made the tour captivating. He eagerly answered our questions and shared information that helped us understand more about Edinburgh and Scotland. A great tour to take if you are new to the city and want to learn more about the old town. Wear comfortable shoes and take a water bottle!
star-5
Nice tour, guide was excellent.
George_H, Jun 2022
Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour
Guide was very knowledgeable of the history and tales related to the Royal Mile. Spend just the right amount of time.
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History and architecture along the Royal Mile!
Janet_E, Aug 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Absolutely wonderful tour guide - Alison - who entertained us with the stories and histories of Edinburgh’s old town of the past! Not too physically taxing. Very entertaining overall and highly recommended!
star-5
Insider's Edinburgh
Karen_R, Aug 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Great "insider" tour of Edinburgh. Lot of great information about the places and people of Edinburgh. Thoroughly enjoyed our time with Stewart. Highly recommend tour and guide.
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Great walking tour
Richard_P, Jul 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Great tour, from beginning to end. It gave us a great, extensive tour of the Royal Mile, steeped in much history. It ends at the world famous Edinburgh Castle, where we continued to spend a good many hours afterwards. Highly recommended
star-5
Amazing tour of Edinburgh
NARELLE_C, Aug 2022
Edinburgh City Walking Tour, Discover Old Town, Royal Mile with a Local Expert!
Rishi is an amazing guide. He was so knowledgeable. This was an excellent tour and we highly recommend it.
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Worth the time and money!
Shirley_P, Jul 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Had a lovely tour with Nicky this morning. She was so informative with a great sense of humor. Would book again!
star-5
A tour to take
Rebecca_J, Jul 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Was better than I expected. Guide was knowledgeable. I’ve made several visits to Edinburgh and I learned several new historical facts.
star-5
Great guide, she made it...
DEEPIKAVINOD_J, Aug 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Great guide, she made it both intersting and enjoyable. The tour was well organised and it was an experience to be recommended to others
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An enjoyable morning tour learning history of area
Katharine_P, Jul 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
A fascinating morning tour of the Royal Mile with a very informative and knowledgeable guide. The small group enabled everyone to hear clearly what was being said. Would throughly recommend the tour.
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So much all in one Street!
Samantha_C, Jun 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Guide Stephanie was friendly, and very knowledgeable which made the trip a pleasure. So much to see on the Royal Mile, culminating with the Castle which was great. Crown Jewell’s not to be missed!
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Excellent tour. Do this on your first day in Edinburgh.
PHILIP_A, Aug 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Stuart was great, lovely man with great historical anecdotes, fun jokes, and a patient persona. The tour covered quite a lot more than we thought it would and was a great first tour to get to know famous or infamous parts of Edinburgh. Highly recommend you do this on the first day so you have a great orientation. Stuarts' family has had an amazing impact on Edinburgh. Stewart spoke very clearly.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear sturdy walking shoes as some surfaces are uneven and sloping.

  • To avoid an uphill slog, start at Edinburgh Castle and walk downhill to Holyrood Palace, then use public transport or a taxi to get back up.

  • The cobblestoned sections of the street can cause difficulty for some wheelchairs, strollers, and mobility devices.

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How to Get There

The Royal Mile comprises a succession of streets, namely Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate, and Abbey Strand. It’s about a 5-minute walk from Princes Street tram station and even quicker from Edinburgh Waverley train station.

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When to Get There

The Royal Mile is a much-frequented thoroughfare, and during the annual Edinburgh Festival in August, it is packed with visitors. If you can stomach the crowds, the atmosphere is truly something special with curbside entertainment courtesy of buskers and street performers.

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Things to See on the Royal Mile

Many of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks are situated on the Royal Mile. In addition to the palace and castle at either end, you’ll find other centuries-old landmarks such as St Giles' Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and Canongate Kirk. It’s not all dusty old attractions, though—the Royal Mile is also the setting for the contemporary Scottish Parliament Building, a striking 2004-built concrete structure whose abstract shapes and forms take inspiration from such diverse references as Scottish landscapes and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s paintings.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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