Whilst Edinburgh is bursting at the seams with incredible attractions and amazing historical landmarks it’s also what’s outside the city that has equal appeal and getting away from the city for a day trip can give you another taste of Scotland if you are here on a holiday.
A visit to Edinburgh is not complete without a walk along its most charming street, the Royal Mile. As the main thoroughfare in the city’s Old Town, the Royal Mile is hard to miss. However, with so many shops, pubs and restaurants packed along the famous street, it can be easy to miss the places that are truly worth a visit. Though the Mile has its share of ‘tourist traps’, it also offers plenty of genuine, local hotspots. Check out our picks for where to eat, drink and shop along the Royal Mile:
Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is located at the foot of the south side of Edinburgh Castle, it was originally designed to accommodate the horse and cattle markets in Edinburgh between 1477 right un until 1911 when the last of the cattle trading was moved to Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange. Cattle would be brought to market from the local fields along the aptly named Cowgate. It would be no surprise to all those avid Edinburgh Festival goers that the Udderbelly venues are so well placed in and around the Grassmarket’s Cowgate!
Edinburgh is famous for the small winding streets and courtyards of the Old Town joining the Royal Mile to Princes Street Gardens. There are around … closes in the Old Town and this is still changing. The closes are normally named after memorable occupants who once lived in the flats down these Edinburgh Closes or overlooking the courtyards and this is case with Advocates Close