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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
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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
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$26.61 per adult
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A fantastic tour with...
A fantastic tour with Naomi. She was so knowledgeable about Edinburgh and its secrets. Her enthusiasm was infectious and we learnt so much about the history of Scotland and its culture.
Marion_R, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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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.
star-5
A delightful zig zag of the Royal Mile!
Jacqueline_B, Jun 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Alison was our guide, and I am delighted with my experience under her knowledgeable guidance. She wove the stories of Edinburgh and Scotland together skillfully so I could track the events. Thanks to her I now have command of the Royal Mile neighborhood, and I plan to return to zig zag close after close. Finally, she is a wonderful storyteller! Great job, Alison!
star-5
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!
star-5
A fantastic tour with...
Marion_R, Jul 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
A fantastic tour with Naomi. She was so knowledgeable about Edinburgh and its secrets. Her enthusiasm was infectious and we learnt so much about the history of Scotland and its culture.
star-5
Engaging and interesting
Debbie_L, Jun 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
David was very knowledgeable about Scotland's history and shared lots of interesting snippets. He was engaging and funny. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 3 hour walking tour!
star-5
Awesome tour
Gerardo, Jun 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Castle buildings cathedrals and history shared by your guide. Shops restaurants and stories. Happy we got yo complete tour.
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Great History Tour
Dixie_C, Jun 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Margaret Ann was a great tour guide. She is very knowledgeable and made the entire experience very interesting!
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Our guide was a great...
Craig_S, Jun 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Our guide was a great story teller and full of great history, knowledge, and information. A comfortable pace and great tour. A great way to get the details after a general “hop on hop off” overview of the city.
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Wonderful Tour of Edinburgh with Allison
Courtney_Q, Jun 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Allison is a fantastic tour guide and storyteller. I have been on tours of Edinburgh before, but Allison's depth and breadth of knowledge was far superior to others. She is also delightful and engaging, and made history "come alive." Tip: Bring an umbrella and a raincoat. Wear comfortable shoes. This is a 3 hour tour and oldtown Edinburgh is hilly and steep.
star-5
Must do!
Jodie_L, May 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Our guide was very informative and was engaging. It was great to get some history of the “Royal Mile” and also of the Castle. Being able to listen on the headsets was great, we were able to hear everything our guide said!
star-4
A very detailed tour and a kind guide
Dan_A, Jun 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
The castle on the hill and the guides explanation about it .also the emphasis on womans rights was very important
star-5
Alison was very...
Mariam_S, May 2022
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Alison was very professional, caring and friendly. We had my elderly mom with us and she kept making sure she was ok all along. 3 hours went by so fast. It was overall a wonderful experience. Learnt so much about Scotland’s history. If it’s one thing you want to do on Scotland then do the Royal mile. Highly recommend it.
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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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