The Royal Mile runs from Edinburgh Castle down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Starting at the bottom, we stick with royalty at Holyrood, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh. When none of the Royals are staying, it’s open to the public as a museum. The building’s history is as rich as it is fascinating. Home to Scotland’s kings and queens for more than 400 years, the palace is well worth a visit.
After that, head past the Scottish Parliament and meet up with a guide from Mercat Tours. Exploring Edinburgh’s Old Town with one of these storytelling tours (either by day or at night) is fun and informative and brings the city’s dark history to life.
This should take you up to the Castle Esplanade, where you can enjoy a fabulous view of the city before going on to visit Edinburgh Castle. If you’re tired from all the walking, pop into The Scotch Whisky Experience for a ‘wee dram’.
Explore Edinburgh's dark history through story telling with a tour beneath the Old Town.