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The Royal Mile (Edinburgh)

The Royal Mile

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Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is one of the most iconic streets in Scotland, with Edinburgh Castle at one end and Holyrood Palace at the other.

It was the heart of the Old Town and at one time, along with Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Cannongate and Abbey Strand,  housed 70,000 people.

It is thought it was called the Royal Mile from the time of King David I, who originally set out the High Street in the  1120s, often referred to as the Via Regis or Way of the King.

The buildings in the Royal Mile were originally constructed of timber, but were destroyed by the English in 1544 and replacement buildings built out of stone by the turn of that century.

But the more familiar lay-out and look of the Royal Mile and surrounding streets did not emerge until the mid-1800s, with the Cannongate particularly modelled on what it would have looked like 500 years previously.

Today the Royal Mile is probably the busiest tourist centre in Scotland, alongside its New Town equivalent, Prince’s Street.

It is the focus for many tourists visiting Scotland and for the annual Edinburgh Festival in the month of August.

Along the Royal Mile you can do everything from purchase a bag of Scottish fish and chips to a full kilt outfit, sample the water of life – whisky – from all parts of Scotland or eat in some of the most atmospheric venues in Edinburgh, seek out uniquely Scottish designer jewellery and clothes or join guided tours that take you beyond the tourist shops, sample museums of all kinds or just take in the atmosphere.

Of course one of the most modern buildings connected to the Royal Mile is the iconic Scottish Parliament, designed by the late Catalan architect Enric Miralles, who died before the building was completed.

Islay North

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Islay North is steeped in clan history as well as being home to the Royal Society for Protection of Birds nature reserve and farm at Loch Gruinart. The nature reserve is an important place for migrating birds – including 45 per cent of the world’s population of Greenland barnacle geese in winter –  and other wildlife, from butterflies to otters and hares to seals.

Finlaggan was the administrative centre of the Lordship of the Isles in the 1300-1400s.

The story can be followed at the Finlaggan Visitor Centre, while the ruined Kilnave Chapel overlooks the scene of a bloody clan battle between the McDonalds and MacLeans.

Five of the island’s eight distilleries can be found in the north, as well as the other main ferry port of Port Askaig. The Gaelic language has a strong presence on the island and Bowmore is home to Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle, the Galeic language and culture centre.

Compared to Jura, neighbouring Islay is overcrowded; there are only 180 people living on Jura but lots and lots more deer.

The island has a small village, Craighouse, and its west coast has no full-time inhabitants.
Jura is dominated by its three magnificent mountains, the Paps of Jura: Beinn an Oir Beinn Shiantaidh and Beinn a’ Chaolais, they can be seen as far away as Northern Ireland in the south and Skye in the north.

To the north of Jura lies the Gulf of Corryvreckan where, tidal conditions produce a whirlpool classed as the third largest in the world. The waves can reach 30 feet and the roar of the waters can be heard up to 10 miles away.

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