The Royal Mile (Scots: Ryal Mile) is the name given to a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. The thoroughfare, as the name suggests, is approximately one Scots mile long and runs downhill between two significant locations in the history of Scotland, namely Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.
Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. From the 15th century the castle’s residential role declined, and by the 17th century it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison.
With a lot of war memorials, war museums, guns, cannons, swords, and models of battle tanks, we had realised that this castle must have served more of a cantonment than a residence to some royal. Therefore, the souvenir that we got from there was a battle tank.
After spending 3 hours at the castle bearing with the heavy rain and running after the kid who was determined to make most of the rain and the resultant puddles we decided to move down the Royal Mile, grabbing a quick lunch and exploring the festival activities. We soon realised to stop is to peril when with a kid. This meant keep moving.
At the lower end of the Royal Mile was the Scottish Parliament which is open to the public but we missed it since we were already past its closing time.
While our day trip was coming to an end and we were reiterating nothing can substitue an experience Dhruv was struggling to get his stroller enroute.
We then headed for the train station to return back on the Trans Pennine Express this time since a train is never just a train.