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Royal Mile

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10,275 Reviews
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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$27.08 per adult
Traveler Favorite
An amazing afternoon
William was an excellent guide with vast knowledge about the history of this amazing city. His little antidotes had us in stitches Excellent tour
David_A, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Helped understand the history
Shaqeel_H, Aug 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Really informative guide took us around bits of the Royal Mile and pointed out obscure parts of the town. He had to leave us at the entrance of the castle due to Covid rules which is a shame. Enjoyable experience though!
star-5
Excellent tour of the city
Dana_S, Sep 2021
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Our guide was wonderful. He knew such detail into the history of the city and its characters-good and not so good. He spoke clearly and allowed for questions at all times. We did a lot of walking. He found clean restrooms and made sure our group was always safe and comfortable. He is an expert on Usher history and wrote a wonderful book he shared with us. Highly recommend this tour!
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Walking Tour
GillianJohn, Sep 2021
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about the history of Scotland. I found this tour very interesting.
star-5
Perfect guide
Karin_E, Sep 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
The guid was perfect. Such a nice person and she explained everything we asked for. The tour was also perfect not to long and not to short.
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Small Group Size with More Attention to You!
Matthew_T, Sep 2021
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Stuart for sure helped me get a good bearing of where to visit at Edinburgh. It was also great having a small group visiting various sites. Even though I was there for a day, I now have a game plan the next time I come back. Thank you very much, Stuart!
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Great tour guide
Victoria_C, Sep 2021
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Loved this tour. Stuart was very knowledgable of Edinburgh. You can tell he really enjoys showing tourist around this great city. I would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Fantastic service and knowledgeable guide
stalacharalambous, Aug 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
We were running late to the pick up point. Viator organised for a rep to wait for us and take us to meet the others and guide. The guide, Charles, brought history to life.,and was very informative. Fantastic. Well worth it.
star-5
Great tour, great guide
Samantha_C, Aug 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Charles was a great guide. So knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour too. Would thoroughly review.
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Informative
Teresa_R, Aug 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Simon was brilliant, a very informative tour, I enjoyed all of it- good pace, kept us all together - all ages.
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Wonderful experience
Ellen_K, Aug 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Castle is amazing Our guide was very entertaining, we had a wonderful experience and learnt a lot about Edinburgh and Scotland history
star-5
The Royal Mile tour is really interesting
Vincent_B, Aug 2021
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
The views of Edinburgh Castle. The stories of notable people who hailed from Edinburgh The stories of the British Monarchy and the civil war The old town and the new town
star-5
Fantastic
Andy_W, Aug 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
The tour was awesome and Simons insightful commentary made it really special. Highlight of our day - Andy & Nic

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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