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Directions for the Edinburgh walk

Updated Wednesday 3rd December 2008

Want to try the Edinburgh walk for yourself? Follow our directions.

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These directions will guide you along the route of the Edinburgh audio walk. Why not print out this page and take it with you?

The walk takes roughly 1 and a half hours if you're listening to the audio.

The route is on roads and pavements, but the Royal Mile section is quite steep. So the walk is possible for wheelchair users, but may require a bit of muscle.

Start

The walk begins on the path, at the point where it crosses the railings around St Margaret’s Well.

Point 1: Holyrood Park

Cross the road and car park ahead. Follow the palace wall around to the side gates of the palace.

 
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Point 2: The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Continue to follow the palace wall around to the main gates.

 
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The main gates of the palace

Point 3: The main gates of the palace

Turn your back on the gates, and walk up the Canongate until you reach the Tolbooth.

 
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Tolbooth

Point 4: Tolbooth

Continue walking until you reach the junction with St Mary’s Street.

 
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Netherbow

Point 5: Netherbow

Cross the road and continue walking up the Royal Mile on the right side of the road until you reach John Knox House.

 
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The John Knox House

Point 6: John Knox House

Continue walking up the Royal Mile to the Cathedral. Look out for the Market Cross. It’s just before you reach St Giles’ Cathedral.

 
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St Giles' Cathedral

Point 7: St Giles' Cathedral

Continue walking further up the hill. The Lawnmarket is part of the Royal Mile.

 
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Lawnmarket

Point 8: Lawnmarket

Walk to our final stop on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

 
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Edinburgh Castle

Point 9: Edinburgh Castle ramparts

Interactive map

Here's a crude Google Map with the points marked. Click on the points for more information.

History of Scotland: Walk 5 - Edinburgh

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