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Royal Mile

Listed under Squares, Streets & Urban Spaces in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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One Scottish mile in length this mile is royal because it runs downwards from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace – the Queen’s residence in Scotland. If you fishtail around to your right you’ll come to the buildings of the Scottish Parliament.

Lots of important buildings line the route – St Giles Cathedral and the Scottish Supreme Court for example – but the street is now pressed full of pubs and cafes for all the visitors who stream along the walk.

Here’s a spoiler folks – it’s not technically called the Royal Mile – but is made up of Castle Esplanade, Castlehill, Lawnmarket Street, High Street, Cannongate and Abbey Strand – but I’m sure I saw street signs proclaiming ‘Royal Mile’ as well - but they could just be for lost visitors. The buildings lining it are far older than Australia, which never fails to impress me, and the road is cobbled and uneven in places, with skinny doorways and alleys leading off at strange angles which makes me think interesting things must have happened here time and time again. The pubs are probably touristy and over priced but I did try my first haggis here – vegetarian though…could anything be more toruist friendly than that?

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Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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