The Royal Mile, Edinburgh. – 1
THE ROYAL MILE IS THE TITLE GIVEN TO A COLLECTION OF STREETS AND WAYS LEADING FROM THE ESPLANADE OF EDINBURGH CASTLE DOWN TO THE PALACE OF HOLYROOD.
it is not actually a standard mile. It is, in fact 107 yards longer. There, now you have a really useless piece of information ! It is connecting two former burghs Edinburgh and Canongate. the names of the streets are Castlehill, Lawnmarket,High Street,Canongate and Abbey Strand. 70,000 people lived within the confines of the Canongate alone and some buildings were 14 stories high. The gaps between the buildings were enclusures for the tenants animals /and came to be known as closes. I shall introduce you to some of these in my next blog.
The photos here are only of the principal places = Edinburgh Castle and St Giles Church for the area of Edinburgh and then Holyrood Palace and The Canongate Kirk as well as John Knox house in the Canongate. I have also included a couple of general street views to gibe you a taste of this remarkable part of the city of Edinburgh.