"When I forget thee, Auld Reekie, may my right hand forget it's cunning" R.L. Stevenson

    The Royal Mile

    The Royal Mile is thee don’t-miss part of Edinburgh for it is steeped in history and landmark attractions.
    The cobbled road is a string of historic streets that form what was once the main thoroughfare of medieval Edinburgh.
    Built on a ridge The Royal Mile slopes gently down eastwards from Edinburgh Castle to the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
    The city was enclosed within the Flodden Wall which resulted in the buildings of the Old Town getting higher and higher as the population grew.
    Over crowding and poor living conditions became a real problem until the development of the New Town, where all the wealthier residents moved to.
    It is home to some of the cities best known landmarks and packed with history and atmosphere making it the tourist hub of Edinburgh.
    The crowded streets are lined with medieval tenement buildings and gift shops as well as the Scottish supreme courthouses and City Chambers.
    The Royal Mile is a series of five streets with numerous narrow alleyways ‘closes’ and wynds running off it.
    Each of these closes lead into a courtyard and each tells their own tale of life in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
    The 5 streets that make up the Royal Mile are :
    * Castle Hill in the west
    * Lawnmarket
    * High Street
    * Canongate
    * Abbey Strand to the east

    "Absolutely love walking along the Royal Mile, I last visited on a cold, wet December night and it was still beautiful with so much to see and do."

    By David Hamilton

    21 Nov 2016

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