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

 

This Clues To Go route starts at the Castle Esplanade (the location every August for the famous Edinburgh Tatoo), goes down Lawnmarket and the High Street, finishing at the junction with St Mary's St. at the famous World's End pub - something of an Edinburgh institution. The route is all downhill. 

The pub's name relates to the remains beneath it of the 16th century wall built to defend the city, called the 'Flodden Wall', which didn't manage to keep out King Henry VIII's army in 1544, but marked the outer limits of the city and was the point at which the world ended and Edinburgh began.

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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