Official Guide to Edinburgh

Why

More than just a Castle.

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Explore this unique medieval town with its hidden pends and wynds. Home of many visitor attractions, tours, and a myriad of souvenir shops.

This is where it all started. The Royal Mile - the backbone of the Old Town that leads from Edinburgh Castle down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament - has seen centuries of Edinburgh life. 

An easy walking distance from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, the area is a must-see for every Edinburgh visitor.

Nestled in between the shops, restaurants, bars and pubs are closes, wynds and pends leading to hidden, tranquil gardens, gorgeous views over the city and pubs and eateries just waiting to be discovered. Filled with remnants and artefacts of the past mixed with the contemporary, this is Old Edinburgh, blending charmingly with the 21st century.

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The Castle at the top of the Royal Mile affords panoramic views across the north and south of Edinburgh, while in the summer it's the setting for concerts and music acts, as well as the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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Every August the Royal Mile is filled with entertainers and comedians as the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe fill the city with the most exciting and diverse talent from across the planet.

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The Royal Mile has also provided the backdrop for big screen adventures, the most recent being Avengers: Infinity War, which saw a fight scene culminate in Edinburgh Waverley train station. If you're an Outlander fan, a quick detour down Bakehouse Close near the old Tolbooth will find you retracing Jamie and Claire's season three footsteps.

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