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Historic Edinburgh 15 July 2022

Edinburgh boasts an impressive legacy of educational achievement in medicine, literature, philosophy, the sciences, engineering and Scots law. It is home to the Scottish government, parliament and the highest courts in Scotland.
View of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, in the evening.

Edinburgh boasts an impressive legacy of educational achievement in medicine, literature, philosophy, the sciences, engineering and Scots law. It is home to the Scottish government, parliament and the highest courts in Scotland.

It is also known for the Edinburgh International Festival and the largest annual international arts festival, the Fringe.

But what makes Edinburgh truly magical is its history. The old town and extensive Georgian new town are together listed as a UNESCO world heritage site plus there is Edinburgh castle, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate.

The royal mile in Edinburgh connects two royal residences, the Castle and the palace of Holyrood House. Based in the old town it is a cultural gem of the city with multiple sites to enjoy.

A wonderful opportunity to explore the city in all its glory, the royal mile house, the old and new parliament buildings, law courts, cathedral, churches, visitor attractions, walking tours, shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Explore the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

A medieval maze awaits you along the royal mile in Edinburgh. Starting at Edinburgh castle which is perched at the very top of the mile and offering glorious views over the historic city. This is where every August the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place on the castle esplanade.

The perfect blend of history and modern world, along the royal mile you will find gorgeous gardens, breathtaking views and an array of eateries to feast in.

An absolute must visit for anyone visiting Edinburgh and just an hour’s drive from the Waverley Castle Hotel in Melrose, it’s the ideal day trip.

Attractions on the Royal Mile Edinburgh

The royal mile offers far more than the castle and palace. There is enough along this Scot’s mile to keep you entertained besides the castle and the palace of Holyroodhouse.

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

A wacky Victorian attraction of mind tricks and interactive light experiences. Six floors of discovery await you finished with the camera obscura on the top floor which is 150 years old!

Museum of Edinburgh

A full programme of exhibitions throughout the year including secrets of Edinburgh’s past. Free to enter and a must-visit to glean historical insight!

People’s Story

This museum tells the story of the people of Edinburgh including oral histories, interviews and alternate records. Hear about how life has changed on the royal mile in Edinburgh over centuries.

Writer’s Museum

The holy trinity of Scottish writers; Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott are celebrated here with rare objects of literary history.

Dunbar’s Close

The perfect haven for a rest. Dunbar’s Close is a 17th century secret garden that has been recreated. Idyllic for a moment’s peace in the old town.

Gladstone’s Land

Look into the luxurious past via this ornately decorated 500 year old building that has been fully restored to how it looked in yesteryears.

The Scottish Parliament Building

Since 1999, Scotland has had its own parliament and it meets here along the royal mile in Edinburgh. There is a visitor center where you can learn more about how the government works for the Scottish people.

Mary King’s Close

Originally a street that connected the royal mile in Edinburgh, when the Edinburgh city chambers were built, it was partially covered and later abandoned and closed in 1902. Now you can visit the fully intact street and peek into the past.

Museum of Childhood

A jovial celebration of childhood throughout history. Exhibitions including games and toys can be viewed. Offering something for all ages, this is a must!

Scotch Whisky Experience

Enjoy a guided whisky tasting right next door to the castle, a wonderful way to end off your royal mile in Edinburgh experience! A five star journey through the whole production process, not to be missed.

Spend a day revelling on the royal mile in Edinburgh and drink in all the cultural offerings this spectacular city has to offer. If you’re resting your head at the Pitlochry Hydro Hotel then it’s a mere hour and a half to the treasures you’ll find on the royal mile in Edinburgh.

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