Named after its tradition as a processional route for kings and queens throughout the centuries, the Royal Mile is the busiest thoroughfare in Edinburgh's Old Town. Walk in the footsteps of Royals past, along the cobbled streets, surrounding yourself in the rambling architecture. Circle round the medieval St Giles Cathedral (it looks great 360!), and dip into the tight closes as you make your way up to the gates of Edinburgh Castle, where you can take it the city views and venture into the castle grounds themselves.
The Grassmarket, Edinburgh
Once a medieval market place, the Grassmarket is now a vibrant hub buzzing with lively pubs and eclectic shops. This route takes you along Victoria Terrace, where you descend the stone steps to the colourful Victoria Street. Packed with charming shops that wind round in a satisfying curve, it's easy to see where J.K. Rowling got her inspiration for Diagon Alley. Feel free to pop into the independent businesses along the way or take a photo at your favourite shopfront. End the session at the breathtaking Vennel, a perfect vista to Edinburgh Castle. The flight of stairs up it can be a little daunting, but this hidden gem is worth it!
Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Calton Hill is one of the most popular visiting spots in Edinburgh and it's easy to see why. Atop this UNESCO World Heritage Site you'll find multiple monuments and breathtaking views to Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh Castle, and the North Sea. It's home to the old City Observatory, which has since been reopened as the Collective,a centre for contemporary art. This circular route is the perfect way to absorb the city from above, just be prepared to embrace the elements.