When you think of Edinburgh, you think of the cobbled streets, alleyways and nooks and crannies that wind around the city. You think of the iconic Edinburgh castle, sat on top of a rocky volcano. No doubt you also think of the Festival Fringe, which each year makes itself at home in the cultural and historical playground that is Edinburgh.
At the epicentre of Scottish history and culture is of course the infamous Royal Mile. Since the 12th century, this cobbled road has been the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, stretching from the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, all the way down to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. In short, The Royal Mile epitomises Scottish history, politics and culture.
The Royal Mile links several streets, including Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand. Strangely, the Royal Mile is actually one ‘Scot’s’ mile long, equivalent to 1.81km and longer than the ‘English’ mile. The Mile is packed with quaint shops, picturesque listed buildings, museums, and of course world-famous historical landmarks.
If you are lucky enough to visit the Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, you will be greeted by locals and tourist in their thousands. In August, the Royal Mile transforms from bustling historical street to full-blown Fringe mania, featuring street performers, circus acts, contortionists, market stalls, caricaturists, and buskers galore. You will also be inundated with flyers for the thousands of shows performed around Edinburgh during the Festival.
At PQA Venues, we are proud that the Royal Mile is also home to our Edinburgh venue – the beautiful, grade A listed merchant house, Riddle’s Court.
So whether you visit during the Fringe Festival or not, ensure you take a trip down these famous cobblestones to experience the historical and cultural heart of Edinburgh.