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The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

About the film

Three overseas servicemen take a tour of the Royal Mile - visiting the sights between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, and learning about the sometimes gruesome history of Scotland.


Release year
Terence Egan Bishop
Production company
Merton Park Studios
Cyril Jenkins
William Alwyn
C. Beaumont
Sound recording
Al Rhind
Running time (minutes)
13 mins 15 secs

Original Description

Historic Edinburgh
'A tour of Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood House and the intervening ‘Royal Mile’. Here lived Robert Burns, John Knox, and Adam Smith. The tour ends at the Palace, historic Holyrood.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1944)


  • Troops from a number of countries can be seen in the Overseas Service Club at the beginning of The Royal Mile, Edinburgh. The various nationalities present include servicemen from Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, and the USA.
  • ‘Skrzydła’ - the name of the periodical being printed in Tweedale Court - translates to ‘Wings’, and was the periodical of the Polish Air Force until the end of 1946.
  • All but one of this film’s production team had previously worked together on another Merton Park production, Steel Goes to Sea.