For many people, Edinburgh is a top destination to visit while in Scotland, the Scottish capital has much to offer. Discover Edinburgh’s must-see sights and attractions.
The Royal Mile is an Edinburgh street that connects the Castle, to the west, with the Palace of Holyroodhouse, to the east. One of the most famous streets in Edinburgh, its length is 1814.2 metres, and gives rise to a somewhat unknown measure, the Scottish mile.
Along the entire street you will find dozens of alleys (closes) and courtyards (courts). It is worth visiting some of them to enjoy the medieval taste of the city.
The Royal Mile is divided into 6 relatively differentiated zones:
These two parts of the Royal Mile are the closest to the castle and the oldest in Edinburgh, as this was the origin of the city.
Castle Esplanade, an open space used in the past for the burning of witches and where the Tattoo Festival is held today is located next to the castle entrance door.
Lawnmarket is an area that constitutes little more than 100 metres that connects The Hub (church converted into the site of the Festival of Edinburgh) of Bank street, leading to the Bank of Scotland.
Due to its proximity to the castle, this part of the street is the most saturated with gift shops. At number 477b, is Gladstone’s Land, a 16th-century house that has been fully renovated for visitors.
Until the seventeenth century this street hosted a linen market.
The High Street is the best-known part of the Royal Mile. In this area there is the Cathedral of St Giles, the Tron Church, plenty of shops and a large number of restaurants and pubs that, although they have a certain tourist vocation, are also frequented by locals.
Although today it is something that goes completely unnoticed, until 1856 Canongate was an independent town. Along Jeffrey Street, between Edinburgh and Canongate, was the wall that divided the two boroughs.
Edinburgh is a fascinating city, steeped in history and culture, and yet offers attractions for all kinds of travellers and visitors, from historic tours to gourmet restaurants and world class shopping. To this end, there is a wide range of accommodation available from small bed and breakfast options, hostels, hotels and luxury Edinburgh apartments suitable for individuals and groups, able to cater for both short and long stay guests.
Edinburgh is also one of the top-rated city break destinations in Europe, so if you fancy a getaway to a vibrant destination rich in history and culture, and easy to explore on foot, offering a multitude of interesting, and often quirky, attractions for visitors, why not plan a short trip to Edinburgh.