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The Old Town and Royal Mile

Stretching between the Castle and Holyrood Palace with St Giles Cathedral at its centre, the Royal Mile is the ancient heart of Edinburgh. Every street close vennel and pend that feed off the Royal Mile are steeped in history and folklore.

  • The view of the Royal Mile and the Adam Smith Statue in the sunrise hours

Discover The Historic Heart of Edinburgh


Nestled amidst Edinburgh’s historic landmarks, the Royal Mile isn’t just a journey through time; it’s also a shopper’s paradise. Here, traditional craftsmanship meets modern flair, offering a delightful blend of old-world charm and contemporary trends. From quaint boutiques to bustling market stalls, every turn unveils a treasure trove of unique finds. Explore the vibrant array of tartan shops, where you can indulge in Scotland’s iconic patterns and textiles. Seek out artisanal goods and handmade crafts in the charming side streets, or peruse the eclectic mix of souvenir shops for the perfect memento of your Edinburgh adventure. Whether you’re in search of fine jewellery, bespoke gifts, or simply soaking in the lively atmosphere, the Royal Mile promises an unforgettable shopping experience for every taste and budget.

This historic region has often served as a cinematic backdrop, its ancient facades and cobblestone streets providing a rich canvas for filmmakers, writers and artists. From the wizardry of Harry Potter to the intrigue of historical dramas, the Royal Mile has played host to countless cinematic tales, breathing life into a number of fantastic and mysterious settings.  Beyond the silver screen, the Royal Mile pulses with cultural vibrancy. The annual Edinburgh International Festival, hosted at venues like The Hub, brings together artists and performers from around the globe, celebrating the diversity of human expression.

Away from the entertaining ghost tours, there is much culture to be discovered from The Hub which is home to the Edinburgh International Festival and the Camera Obscura. Victoria Street and the Canon Gate are amongst a myriad of fascinating distractions.