Walking tour of Edinburgh’s Historic Royal Mile

Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Mile, see various old and new buildings, and visit St. Giles Cathedral.

Included in your cruise
  • Guided walk of the Royal Mile
  • Enjoy the old and new buildings.
  • Visit St. Giles Cathedral.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration


  • Max. passengers


  • Booking Code


  • Notices

    Appropriate clothing for inclement weather and comfortable walking shoes

Depart the pier by coach into the heart of Edinburgh’s old town. The Royal mile is actually 1 mile and 107 yards long. It is made up of five streets, which link the castle at the top to Holyrood Palace at the bottom. These are Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate, and Abbey Strand. Timber buildings were built and named after the landowners, and this tradition can still be seen in the present day. The gaps between the buildings are known as ‘closses’.     

Your guided walk along the cobblestone street of Royal Mile will take you past old and new buildings, including John Knox House, the Church of Canongate, and the Scottish Parliament. During the walk, a visit will be made to the majestic St. Giles Cathedral, standing midway along the Royal Mile. Its most notable feature is the famed crown spire on the tower. A restoration program began in 1977 to make essential roof repairs and to install a magnificent new organ.

Practical information:

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing for inclement weather and comfortable walking shoes

  • Walking information: Approximately 1.2 miles. Terrain is paved, some cobblestones and curbs The Royal Mile is on a gentle incline.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.