It might only be a mile but you can easily spend half a day wondering the strip, particularly if you explore some of the tight alleys and passageways that branch out along the way.
The mile’s also dotted a few too many tacky tourist shops and numerous attractions and museums, big and small. Best among them are:
The Scotch Whisky Experience – an essential stop for whisky fans not bound for the Highlands (where better visitor centres exist).
St Giles – Edinburgh’s finest church.
The Scottish Storytelling Centre – which has an exhibition on Scottish stories from ancient folk tales to Harry Potter, but is more interesting for the 15th-century stone-and-timber building it’s in. It was the house of 16th-century firebrand protestant preacher John Knox and has a good exhibition on him.
The Scottish Parliament – an imaginative modern and controversial building, mainly for its cost and finicky design. Architecture fans should take an interior tour for a better look.