"A great place to explore" Royal Mile - High Street Tip by stevemt

Royal Mile - High Street, Edinburgh: 73 reviews and 143 photos

by stevemt
  • A great place to explore - Edinburgh
  • The Heart of Midlothian - Edinburgh
      The Heart of Midlothian
    by stevemt

The Royal Mile is the popular name for the succession of streets which form the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh's Old Town. As the name suggests, it was equivalent to a Scottish mile between two foci of history in Scotland, from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock down to Holyrood Abbey.

By the West Door of St Giles is the Heart of Midlothian, a heart-shaped mosaic built into the pavement marking the site of the former Tolbooth (prison). Tolbooth prisoners used to spit as they entered the prison, and this tradition is maintained by some people, who spit on the Heart for good luck as they walk past.

There is so much to see and do here.

Address: The old town
Directions: Runs downhill from the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Phone: +44-131-202-9157
Website: http://www.royal-mile.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 23, 2007
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