The name was given to the main thoroughfare in the Old Town of Edinburgh, the Royal Mile is formed by the succession of streets. It runs downhill from Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, two iconic landmarks of the city.
Start exploring the Royal Mile at Edinburgh Castle. There has been human activity on the rock since the 2nd century with the current royal castle a 12th-century addition. Allow two hours to explore the castle and its story, although you could spend much longer here.
Edinburgh is a city with secrets. The Blair Street underground caverns are magnificent and breathtaking. Dating from the 18th century, this dark, damp underworld became the home of some of Edinburgh’s poorest. Is this why they were built? Was it a way of expanding the city and hiding the destitute?
After the dank of the underground vaults, enjoy the fresh air in the large public park, The Meadows. Enjoy a picnic on the vast open grassland of this beautiful park. Enjoy the tree-lined paths, watch sports on the tennis courts and recreational sports pitches.
Founded in 1670, the Royal Botanic Garden is the second oldest botanic garden in Britain. It is a physic garden, a blend of herbs and plants for medicinal use. But it hasn’t always been here – the original gardens were moved several times.
With so much to do in Edinburgh, where will you start?
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