Distance: 8.6 miles
Drive time: 26 minutes
Edinburgh's Royal Mile is the historic heart of Scotland's capital and just a short walk away is the eclectic Grassmarket, a vibrant area steeped in the city's colourful history.
The Royal Mile runs through Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the beautiful Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world.
With excellent attractions such as The Real Mary King’s Close or the Scottish Storytelling Centre, historical sites including St Giles' Cathedral and some of the best eating and drinking spots in the city, the Royal Mile offers much to see and do.