Royal Mile Edinburgh, Photos, Buildings, History, Architects, Images, Old Town

Royal Mile, Edinburgh : Architecture

Edinburgh’s most famous street, Scotland, UK

Royal Mile Architecture

The Royal Mile is a historic street in Edinburgh Old Town, stretching from the Castle to the Palace.

Royal Mile
photo © Adrian Welch

Contents of this page: Royal Mile Architecture + Conference + History

Royal Mile Buildings: Edinburgh Old Town Architecture Tour
selection at base of this page

High Street Edinburgh
Royal Mile, Edinburgh: historic plan, usage approved by Charles McKean

The famous Old Town ‘herringbone pattern’ drawing (above), shows the skeletal structure of the High Street. It’s backbone follows the glacial crag-and-tail ridge line from the volcanic plug of Edinburgh Castle rock down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. There are hundreds of vennels or closes running off it.

Notable buildings on the Royal Mile include, from the top (west):- Edinburgh Castle, Parliament Square, St Giles Cathedral, Tron Kirk, John Knox’s House, Canongate Kirk,Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Royal Mile is named Lawnmarket, Hig Street and Canongate from west to east. The street is mostly cobbled and used to be much wider, especially around St Giles Cathedral.

St Giles Cathedral: middle of Royal Mile
St Giles Cathedral
St Giles Cathedral photograph © Adrian Welch

Lady Stair’s House: top of Royal Mile
Lady Stair's House
Scottish Writers Museum picture © Adrian Welch

Riddle’s Court: top of Royal Mile
Riddle’s Court
photo from EWHT

Edinburgh Castle: top of Royal Mile
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle photograph © AW

Tron Kirk: middle of Royal Mile
High Street Edinburgh
Tron Kirk, Royal Mile Edinburgh: image © AW

Gladstone’s Land – Lawnmarket: top of Royal Mile
Gladstones Land
Old Town Merchant’s building photo © Adrian Welch

City Chambers – former CEC Headquarters
City Chambers Edinburgh
image © AW

Edinburgh Court buildings
Edinburgh Court building
photograph © AW

Royal Mile building – John Knox House: middle of Royal Mile
Royal Mile historic building
picture © AW

The Hub
The Hub Royal Mile
The Hub, Royal Mile: image from Ben Tindall Architects

Royal Mile hotel : Radisson Edinburgh
Royal Mile hotel
building picture  © AW

Canongate housing
Old Town Housing: Royal Mile frontage, image © Adrian Welch

Holyrood North site

Scottish Poetry Library

Under 5’s Centre

Former Royal Mile building – George IV building : middle of Royal Mile
Former Royal Mile building
building photo © Adrian Welch

Scottish Architecture

Royal Mile Edinburgh : Buildings

Primary School, Canongate
photo © AW
Royal Mile school

79-121 Canongate
79-121 Canongate
photograph © AW

Whitefoord House
Whitefoord House
picture © AW

Whitehorse Close
Whitehorse Close
photo © Adrian Welch

Waterman House
Waterman House
Royal Mile building photo © adrian welch

Hotel Missoni

Royal Mile Regeneration : Comments from Cockburn Association Director, 2002

Scottish Castles in Edinburgh & Lothian
Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Restaurants

Royal Mile building – Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh Walking Tours

Buildings / photos for the Edinburgh Royal Mile Architecture pages welcome

Royal Mile Edinburgh Buildings : page