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Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

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A royal park in the center of Edinburgh, Holyrood Park is the best place to get an overview of the Scottish city. Just 1.6 km (1 mi) from Edinburgh Castle, the park features hills, lochs, glens, and basalt cliffs that were once part of the royal deer-hunting grounds. Walking trails etch the park: Follow one up to the highest point in Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat. The seat rises 251 m (823 ft) over the city and provides a breath-taking view. Nestled between the hills is St. Margaret's Loch, where ducks, geese, and swans float. Nearby stand the ruins of an Augustinian abbey that was in use until the 16th century. You'll also find a cairn, a man-made stone pile, that commemorates the murder of a long-suffering wife and a chapel with mysterious origins. Holyrood Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Edinburgh Edition.
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  • Holyrood Palace is at the opposite end of the Royal Mile. It seemed like a bit of a walk, due to the crowds. The castle was very crowded, so Holyrood was quieter. The castle is a fortress. The Palace ...  more »
  • Wonderful urban park with hiking trails through the Salisbury crags and up to Arthur's seat. Even if you don't do the climb up to Arthur's Seat, it's a wonderful park with many trails for all levels. ...  more »
  • Take a freash breath with a nice calm walk at this park.. a nature place within the city.. Get the steps to the top and enjoy Arthur's seat..  more »
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  • Stunning, panoramic views of the city from the mountain summit. We weren't expecting the hike up and down to be 2 hours total but well worth it as we made it in time for the sunset. Wish we went earlier to spend more time up there!
  • One of the best features of Edinburgh. Large open areas that are great for dogs, paths up the crags or Arthur's Seat that offer amazing views of the city, and bike routes for a fun ride. The road is closed on Sundays, making it even better to let dogs and kids run around, bur it's great any day of the week.
  • Definitely a relaxing shot in the heart of the city. You can climb, ride your bike, have a walk or just have a chat with friends in the park. Either way, of the weather is good, don't miss this spot. The park is also next to the Scottish parliament and Holyrood Palace if you fancy a visit
  • Wonderful views of the city if you hike up to Arthur's Seat! Beautiful park overall! Has a little for everyone- ponds with swans, ruins, and spectacular views! FYI- if it rains the rocks are slick, plan accordingly! And it is cold & usually windy up at the top!
  • We walked to the top using the rustic stairs rather than the greasy knoll that the tour busses stop at. Great experience.

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