Wednesday, November 11, 2015


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Cutting through the heart of Edinburgh, The Royal Mile is the most visited street in Edinburgh. It is always buzzing with energy, jam packed with a lot to see, do and eat. Here, I've summarized a quick guide for those who are planning to "Walk the Mile"!  

Tourist Information
Address: 3 Princes St, Edinburgh, Edinburgh & The Lothians EH2 2QP, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 131 473 3868
website: Edinburgh
Opening hours: 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Sat. 10.00-17.00 Sun. 

Getting Around 
It is named the Royal mile because the street is indeed a mile long! Edinburgh old town, being World Heritage site, is a very compact place, perfect to explore on foot. Some wyde are worth exploring so make sure you allocate at least a half day for the Royal Mild!

The Lothian Bus
There are bus routes serving the Royal Mile. Check the timetable and route planner Here. 
Recommendation: If you need to travel on buses quite often, buy a Day Pass.

The Edinburgh Pass
its used to be a brilliant way to travel because it includes Airlink Bus fare. However, it cease to operate so stop trying to look it up online. 

Recommended Sight Seeing:
  • Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse 
  • Mary King's Close 
  • St Giles' Cathedral 
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Camera Obscura 
  • Museum of Scotland and Royal Museum of Scotland
  • Arthur's Seat
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Recommended Cafe, Restaurant, Stores
  • Colonnades by the Signet Library
  • Witchery Restaurant (Nice but expensive!)
  • The Last Drop

Recommended Tour
Sandeman Edinburgh Walking tour (a more personal experience!)

Recommended Hostel
St. Christopher's Inn Hostel
I always and ONLY go with St. Christopher's Inn whenever I am in town. 
1. Near to everything: just opposite the main Waverley Station, easy access to the Royal Mile and Princes Street.
2. Free continental breakfast included in the already-low room rate. 
2. They offer 25% discount on drinks and food.

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1. Tablet and Fudge
2. Crahachan
3. Short Bread
4. Edinburgh Rock
5. Porridge 
6. Black Pudding

1. Royal Mile
2. Victoria Street
3. Cockburn Street 

Tesco Metro: 0.5 Kilometres away on Nicolson Street, opposite Edinburgh University Old College.

Post Office
Address: 46 St Mary's St, Edinburgh EH1 1SX, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 131 556 6351

Police Station

Address: 188 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 131 226 6966

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AugustEdinburgh Fringe Festival (largest arts festival in the world) Where: High Street and Castle Esplanade
What to see: Taster performances of highlighted Shows, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 
SeptemberRiding of the Marches,
OctoberSamhuinn Fire Festival
JanuaryNew Year’s Day fun run.
Others: Edinburgh Foodie Festival
             Royal Highland Show

Scotland rains quite often. Rain is usually accompanied by strong wind so a rain coat is recommended rather than an umbrella. 

Thank You for Reading! 
This post is based solely on my honest opinion or personal experience. 
 If you have a different opinion, feel free to share your thoughts with me by commenting below!

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