Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is a mile long gorgeous street in old town Edinburgh that runs between Edinburgh Castle and Palace Holyroodhouse.  
This is basically the succession of streets that features the Edinburgh Castle and the Holyrood Palace. The Royal Mile is The most crowded street in the old town and there are thousands of tourists who come here every year. 

What a charming city! 
The Royal Mile is the historical place of Scotland. The name is given by W M Gilbert's based on his popular guidebook Edinburgh in the 19th Century. The Royal Mile is about one Scots mile long and it consists the streets of Castlehill, the High Street, the Lawn market and Abbey Strand. The Royal Mile goes between two important places in  the history of Scotland, the Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Royal Mile is the most popular tourist street in Scotland.

Lined with charming townhouses and historic landmarks, this splendid thoroughfare is a great first stop in Edinburgh with its fine shops (including kilt makers), numerous inns, museums, cafés and restaurants.

There are also some stores to get souvenirs, restaurants and even a museum is located in this mile if you want to learn more about its history.

Bank of Scotland

One of the great street musicians

Many of the buildings are tall, averaging six to 15-stories and referred to locally as "lands". Narrow little alleys, called "winds" with the hidden backyards "closes", weave in and around them.

St Giles' Cathedral

The St Giles' Cathedral was built at the beginning of the 12th century. From 1559, John Knox Served here as a minister until 1572  when he guided the reformation in Edinburgh. It has a significant collection of stained glass windows. The amazing Thistle Chapel, which was finished in 1911, is famous for its decorative wooden carving and the angels playing bagpipes.

Those stairs are really great for exercises.  I chose to walk up those stairs whenever I got a chance.

On my way to Edinburgh Castle

Museum of Edinburgh
You can see a large number of artifacts varying from glassware and silverware in the Museum of Edinburgh. You can also enjoy the  Greyfriars Bobby’s Bowl and the collar.

The Real Mary King's Close Tour on The Royal Mile
Admission £11.45 with my student ID

Some of the most popular attractions are to be found at the upper end of the Royal Mile - commonly called Castle Hill - and include Outlook Tower and the Camera Obscura with its outstanding views; the Tolbooth (St John's Highland Church) with the city's tallest church tower; Gladstone's Land, a six-story merchant's house with pretty ceiling paintings and original furniture; and Lady Stair's Close, home to the Writer's Museum displaying manuscripts, portraits, etchings and memorabilia of the poet Robert Burns and writers Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

You will love walking around in this area while admiring all the beauty of each location, all in a very safe and friendly environment for you to visit alone or with your family.


  1. I have family in Scotland and its an ultimate goal of mine to meet them one day.