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A journey along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is doused in medieval charm, passing captivating townhouses, hidden haunts, ancient alleyways and celebrations of the city’s past. Running downhill from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse through the heart of old Edinburgh, the Royal Mile is not one thoroughfare but a series of connected streets. A 16th century backbone of the city that delights in evoking the past, where traditional pubs occupy historic buildings and church chapels narrate a history of Scotland.

The Royal Mile is Scotland’s most famous walking route, as most of it has been pedestrianised. Coming from the castle, Castlehill winds past Assembly Hall and the Outlook Tower and Camera Obscura. Continuing downhill it swerves into Lawnmarket, where medieval merchant townhouses are now occupied by tourist shops and Dutch-style gables provide the iconic photo. Further down is High Street and the old Parliament House, an area full of pubs and the best-preserved architecture.

Heading towards the palace, the Royal Mile keeps descending, blending into Canongate and then Abbey Strand. Like Lawnmarket, these streets contain an eclectic mix of restaurants, buskers, pubs and townhouses that reveal Scotland’s regal past. They also have the largest collection of museums anywhere in the country. Perhaps the most interesting of all are the tiny side streets that jut out from the Royal Mile. Known as “closes”, these have an authenticity which can sometimes be obscured when there are thousands of tourists thronged outside shops selling tartan mugs and t-shirts. Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is just 100 metres away from the heart of Royal Mile and any bus service into Edinburgh Old Town will stop within walking distance of this famous Scottish attraction.

For a one-way walk, it’s well worth taking a bus to Edinburgh Castle and walking down. The Royal Mile is famously steep, rising 67 vertical metres as it heads to the entrance of the castle, where guards stamp their feet on the hour as they change position.

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Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Very Good, 8.5
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Located within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Bus Station, the hotel is an ideal base while in Edinburgh. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

Jurys Inn Edinburgh
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Good, 7.5
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Conveniently situated, Jurys Inn Edinburgh allows for easy access to Edinburgh's popular hot spots. The numerous amenities this modern hotel has to offer include laundry facilities, meeting rooms and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Address
Old Town, Edinburgh
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Very Good, 8.3
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Set in the heart of the city, Apex Grassmarket Hotel offers easy access to Edinburgh's main retail and sightseeing areas. It provides a sauna, an indoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
Address
Old Town, Edinburgh
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Fabulous, 8.9
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Conveniently located, Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel offers easy access to Edinburgh's best hot spots. It also features free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and a swimming pool.

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Conveniently positioned, Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh offers easy access to Edinburgh's best hot spots. It has a fitness centre, as well as valet parking, free Wi-Fi and a safe.

Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge - Royal Mile

Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge - Royal Mile
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Very Good, 8.5
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Set in the heart of the city, Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge - Royal Mile provides easy access to Edinburgh's popular retail and sightseeing areas. Only a short walk from University of Edinburgh, it offers modern rooms equipped with heating, an in-room dining area and ironing facilities.

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Address
Old Town, Edinburgh
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Very Good, 8.4
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Macdonald Holyrood Hotel provides an elegant setting while in Edinburgh. It also features an indoor pool, a Turkish steam bath and a sauna.

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Royal Mile

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Royal Mile
Address
Old Town, Edinburgh
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Very Good, 8.5
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Strategically located in the heart of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Edinburgh. It is within walking distance of the area's well-known restaurants and was awarded the IHG Quality Excellence Award.

Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile Hunter Square

Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile Hunter Square
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Very Good, 8.3
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Conveniently situated, Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile Hunter Square offers easy access to Edinburgh's best hot spots. A short walk from St Giles Cathedral, it provides contemporary rooms equipped with a bathtub and wireless internet access.

The Scotsman Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Very Good, 8.4
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Established in 1903 and situated in Edinburgh, The Scotsman Hotel features free Wi-Fi, plus views of Edinburgh Castle. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is within walking distance from Edinburgh Bus Station.

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