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Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is a stretch of celebrated medieval landmarks located in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. Pacing down the east shoulder of a dormant volcano, this historic thoroughfare is actually longer than a single mile, and truly royal in scope. The Royal Mile’s proud status as a designated UNESCO World Heritage site attracts thousands of admirers from all over the world to walk amongst this timeless stretch of Scottish history. Though the area has become more commercialized over the years, visitors strolling the Royal Mile can still sense the Middle Ages amongst its surrounding architecture and ancient landscapes. This enchanting part of Scotland is divided into several holiday destinations but is generally made up of four distinct sections—Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, and Canongate—each infused with its own distinct medieval charm.

  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, the birthplace of James VI of Scotland and Edinburgh's oldest castle that dates back over 1000 years.
  • Enjoy the Scotch Whisky Experience tour, which demonstrates to visitors the whisky-making process and includes an official tasting of Scotland’s national drink.
  • Admire a breathtaking panoramic view of Edinburgh atop Camera Obscura, one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions.

Couches available for rent in London, Manchester, and Glasgow can transport travellers efficiently to Edinburg. Visitors travelling by couch should get off at the St. Andrew Square station, which is only a 10-minute walk from the Royal Mile. Visitors travelling by train should get off at the Waverly Railway Station, located a mere 5-minute walk from the Scottish thoroughfare. Regular shuttle buses are available at the Edinburg airport for quick, convenient transport to the Waverly Station. The 1, 6, 34, and 35 bus lines also regularly serve the Royal Mile vicinity.

Hotels in Royal Mile

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From US$112

1 Edinburgh First

3 stars
3.9 / 5 9 reviews

18 Holyrood Park Road Map

Hotel Edinburgh First provides budget-friendly bed and breakfast accommodations suitable for leisure travelers or corporate visitors visiting the Scottish capital. From this Edinburgh property,... More

Great base while house hunting
Had a small hiccup when I arrived as I was given the wrong room. Problem was quickly sorted out with no fuss. The place was great, the food was great, the staff also were great. This is the only...
27 Jun 2015
From US$153

2 Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.7 / 5 50 reviews

23-27 Waterloo Place Map

FREE WiFi

The Apex Waterloo Place Hotel Edinburgh enjoys a prestigious location at the east end of Princes Street, just minutes from both transport links and city amenities. The recently opened luxury... More

Central location but impersonal stay
pros: - easy to find - central location for sight seeing Edinburgh - large rooms make it easy for international travelers with many suit cases Cons: - when we received our room most of the lights...
24 Jun 2015
From US$128

3 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 35 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, the Apex International Hotel Edinburgh is the perfect place for a city break. The Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is... More

Excellent location in Edinburgh
Nice hotel with friendly personell, centrally placed in the old town of Edinburgh. Excellent full scottish breakfast
4 Mar 2015
From US$104

4 The Place

4 stars
4.2 / 5 9 reviews

34-38 York Place Map

FREE WiFi

Whether in Edinburgh for a business trip or a much-awaited break, discerning travellers find it convenient to stay in the comfortable and ideally located accommodations of The Place Edinburgh.... More

Great location for the Fringe
We stayed in one of the top floor rooms during the Fringe Festival in 2015 and the room was lovely - very small, but cozy. Modern amenities, quite a spacious bathroom, great shower and a beautiful...
6 Apr 2015
From US$186

5 Haggis Hostel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

5West Register Street Map

Advance Purchase Rates!

The hostel is newly refurbished, modern and high-spec, but more importantly, right in the heart of Edinburgh! You can see Princes Street, Edinburgh's main shopping thorough fare, from the... More

From US$194

6 The Scotsman Hotel

5 stars
4.5 / 5 32 reviews

20 North Bridge Map

Late Deal - 10% OFF

The Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh is an ideal base for exploring the city's cultural, historical and renowned shopping facilities. Places of interest including the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland,... More

weekend break
Very friendly staff. Good location for train station. Clean tidy room.
1 May 2015
From US$103

7 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

Stay 2 Save 15%

Located in one of Edinburgh's finest old streets right in the centre of this beautiful city, The Inn Place boasts 27 newly built bedrooms. Some have spectacular views of the city and the olde... More

Great location, but noisy!
The location was fantastic, the room size was more than adequate, bed very comfortable and other amenities were great. The biggest drawback was the lack of double glazing to stop the street noise -...
20 Jun 2015
From US$109

8 Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

81 Holyrood Road Edinburgh Map

A quite haven, yet just a stone's throw from Edinburgh's bustling old city centre, the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh provides ideal accommodation for those on vacation as well as business.... More

From US$122

9 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 25 reviews

61 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

The Apex City Hotel Edinburgh is located right at the heart of the Old City on Grassmarket - an area famed for its vibrant restaurants and nightlife. On the doorstep are Edinburgh's must see... More

Great location, comfortable room but poor bar and limited parking
This hotel is located right in the middle of Grassmarket in Edinburgh which is ideal for exploring the city and a very nice location. The parking spaces were limited which meant that once you had...
3 Sep 2014
From US$103

10 Ballantrae Albany Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 12 reviews

37 - 49 Albany Street Map

FREE WiFi included

Ballantrae Albany Hotel Edinburgh is a classic retreat equipped with modern comforts set centrally in this heritage-rich and vibrant Scotland capital. Ideal for a short visit or long-term stay,... More

Great hotel
Me and my partner loved hotel, good location and great sized room, will definately book hotel again
7 Jan 2015
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