The Old Town is the name for the original and oldest part of Scotland’s capital which naturally evolved around the fortified Edinburgh Castle. The castle sits at the top of what is known as the Royal Mile which leads in a downward slope to Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British Monarch when in Scotland.
Construction of the Palace as we see it today was largely complete by the late 17th century, but it is believed monastic buildings existed on the site from as early as the late 12th century. Highlights of any visit to the Palace and grounds include the State Apartments, Throne Room, Great Gallery, the ruined Holyrood Abbey and a host of treasures including tapestries, object and paintings.
If you are planning on exploring the city’s green spaces, Holyrood Park is only moments from your front door, leading up to Arthur’s Seat, the highest point of what is an extinct volcano. Allow approximately two hours for a round-trip walking expedition to the top.
It’s about a 10-minute walk to reach the main Old Town area where you’ll find an extensive range of restaurants, bars, shops and other attractions guaranteed to keep you busy during your visit. You will also not struggle to find somewhere to sample Scotland’s arguably most famous export, whisky. Ask our team for their recommendations, or you can download the Cheval App which includes some of our all-time favourites.