Clues To Go   -    Edinburgh's Royal Mile - The Castle to Holyrood



Described by the writer Daniel Defoe as "the largest, longest and finest street for buildings and number of inhabitants, not only in Britain, but in the world", Edinburgh's Royal Mile runs from the city's castle, the location every August for the famous Edinburgh Tatoo, to the Palace of Holyrood, now also accompanied by the modern Scottish parliament buildings.

This Clues To Go route takes in the whole length of the Royal Mile. To make it easier, you start at the top, by the Castle and then its all downhill to Holyrood. 

The Royal Mile is actually several streets joining up with each other and were the original centre of Edinburgh’s old city, so history is to be found along every stretch and down every side street.

Leading off the main streets are a multitude of Closes & Courts - each with its own story to tell.

If you are coming from outside the city by train, then you will probably alight at Waverley Station, by Princes Street. Its then a 20 minute walk to the start of the route, with an  up-hill climb from Princes St Gardens to the Castle.

Car parks for the Castle, Princes St & Holyrood are signposted as you approach.

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