If I had just one day in Edinburgh, I’d spend it walking the Royal Mile. I would start at the Castle, spend a few hours seeing the crowning jewels and the Destiny Stone, then make my way down to the Whisky Experience. I would walk in and out of every alley way; in Scotland, they call those narrow passages “closes”. I would visit all the tiny museums along the way and learn about the history of Edinburgh. I would pick up a souvenir or two at the colorful shops that line the street. I would finish the day at Holyrood Palace – the official residence of the Queen during her stay in Scotland.
Most guidebooks divide Edinburgh in two: Old Town and New Town. Separated by Edinburgh’s main shopping road – Princess Street, the opposing sides of the street give off different impressions of the city. While New Town has much more contemporary buildings, I much prefer the rustic feel of the Old Town. Walking down the Royal Mile in Old Town is like journeying back in time. I love the medieval feel of the architecture and the haunted stories weaved into the city’s history.
If I had just one day in Edinburgh, I’d spend it walking.