The Royal Mile Today

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  2. May 17, 2013 4:21 pm

The Royal Mile Today

The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the most traveled street by tourists visiting the Old Town. It passes directly by two of the most important buildings in Scotland’s long history, Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. When Her Majesty The Queen travels north to Scotland, she resides at Holyrood Palace.

The Royal Mile boasts enough of interest to impress the most jaded of history buffs, but there is much more to lure tourists than just ancient cathedrals, exquisite architecture and museums. The area is also known for its multitude of quaint shops, cozy pubs and stylish restaurants. Due to the array of small places tucked away on tiny side streets, this is a journey best taken on foot, so bring those comfy shoes.

Speaking of those side streets, don’t be afraid to wander off the main roads. Those ancient cobbled streets can lead you to amazing street performers, or an out-of-the-way little shop that you may have missed had you stayed on-course. The almost overwhelming diversity of available activities can be staggering. One thing is certain – your camera is going to get quite the work-out.

One of the nicest things about visiting this part of Edinburgh is that the Royal Mile is completely geared to providing the tourist with the most pleasant experience possible during their stay. Every business in the area is committed to assuring that their guests are comfortable and leaves the Royal Mile wanting to return.

Unlike most areas that are obviously dedicated to attracting tourist trade, the Royal Mile hasn’t lost its historic or scenic charm in the process. For anyone planning a trip near Edinburgh, a few days exploring the Royal Mile is a must.

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