Category Archives: Royal Mile

Think the Royal Mile is just for tourists? Think again. Even the most seasoned Edinburgh faithful will likely find something they haven’t yet encountered on this jam-packed street. So go on, brave the tourist crowds and see what you can find…

Fashioning a Reign at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

2016 marks the year of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, which is an important landmark event for Edinburgh. The Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official residence in the city, is marking the occasion by celebrating her 90 years of style with Fashioning a Reign – a special collection that charts The Queen’s life in beautiful outfits worn throughout her life.

The exhibition officially opened on the 21st April, The Queen’s 90th birthday, but I was invited along recently by the Royal Collection Trust to a special private viewing of the display, which I was absolutely delighted to attend.

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Drawing the Royal Mile with Edinburgh Sketcher

Anyone who has been in Edinburgh for any length of time and has a Twitter or Instagram account will no doubt have heard of Edinburgh Sketcher. The talented chap (IRL name Mark Kirkham) has accrued a formidable social media following and enchants folk from far and wide with his unique and charming hand-drawn pictures of the city.

I was excited to hear that he’s teamed up  with Mercat Tours (the same folk who do the Doomed, Dead and Buried Tour)  to offer a special storytelling and sketching tour of the Royal Mile. I’ve been a huge fan of his work as far as I can remember, so when I was offered a place on the tour through my work I absolutely leaped at the chance.

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Gladstone’s Land

It’s shameful the number of places in Edinburgh that I haven’t been to yet! Even though I run this blog, there are so many spots that I take for granted, and up until recently Gladstone’s Land was one of them.

I used to walk up the Royal Mile every day to work, and every day I would look at the Golden Bird above the doorway to Gladstone’s land and think “I must pop in there for a look”. Well, six years later, I finally did!

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Civerinos is still a relatively new addition to Edinburgh’s Italian/ pizzeria scene, which is enjoying a delightful boom at the moment. For a long time, the likes of La Favorita (quite rightly) dominated as the king of Edinburgh pizzas, but now there are lots of new players, and it’s great that there’s now a much bigger choice for those craving an Italian treat on a Saturday evening!

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The Dark Truth at The Real Mary King’s Close

As the crowds gather in Edinburgh for the festival season, lots of the city’s favourite attractions like to offer something a little bit special for the peak time of year. The Real Mary Kings Close have been quick to get in on the action, with their special addition recently launched for summer 2015: The Dark Truth Tour.

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The Scotch Whisky Experience

It’s true that a lot of visitors come to Scotland through their love of Scotch whisky, and this is particularly evident in Edinburgh, which is the first port of call for most tourists north of the border. Despite not having any distilleries here, there is plenty to satisfy the discerning whisky lover in the city, and one of the most popular attractions on this front is The Scotch Whisky Experience.

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Edinburgh Castle

If you’re asked to think of Edinburgh, no doubt the first thing to pop to mind will be the striking silhouette of Edinburgh Castle. Well, its understandable, what with it being one of the oldest complexes in Edinburgh and its domination of the city skyline.

This is THE Edinburgh tourist attraction, and  the vast majority of tourists make a beeline for it as soon as they are off the plane, train or tour bus! There’s no doubt that this is a must-see, and if you haven’t been to Edinburgh before, then it’s definitely worth exploring. But even if you are a local, don’t take this stunning landmark for granted. There’s plenty to discover in this fascinating complex, so let me take you around Edinburgh’s primary stronghold…

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