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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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  • A great place to walk and get fresh air. It's at the end of the Royal Mile near Holyrood Palace but feels as if you're out in the country. Gorgeous views.  more »
  • seems like a great place for locals to hike and take their dogs but unless you have a lot of time in Edinburgh you couldn't really do the place justice  more »
  • very nice and welcoming "Park", exhausting to walk, because the roads are very steep. But overcame the height, then there is a wonderful view on Edinburgh and the Harbour and the Bay
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  • Beautiful and conveniently located. The hilly landscape and swan pond gives a taste of the greater hikes this country has to offer. The view from Arthur's Peak is very scenic. For history buffs, there are ruins of an ancient kirk at the top. There are various trails and nooks/crannies I would've liked to explore further. Even if the rain/wind, not a hard trek. Located next to Parliament so take a tour here or attend an open debate session if you want. I skipped the Holyrood Castle but would've liked to entered the monastery if it were separate.
  • Great open space with excellent views of the city. The road around the seat is very popular with cyclists and runners, can be very popular on the weekend. Best views are of course on top of the seat but I think if you were less inclined a trip along the crags gives just a good view of the city with a little less effort (still an energetic walk!) Take your own provisions there isn't any on offer, but also do take your own rubbish away with you (not too many bins up there!)
  • Very big park with lovely views of the city, hills and sea, especially if you can climb to the top of the hills within the park. Just to note it's easier to go past Hunters bog and then down Salisbury crags rather than the other way round. Salisbury crags is deceptively steep (the path that goes parallel to Queens Drive)!
  • Is a must to visit if you go Edinburgh, sights are amazing and you can watch all the city and far away. Is a good route for hiking and if it's not windy you will have a great time there. 100% recommend
  • Brilliant place to get outdoors. You can hike to the top of Arthurs seat for an amazing 360Deg view over Edinburgh. You can see Bass rock out to sea and across the Firth and the hills to the north. Salisbury crags (the cliff faces) are a great place to practice some bouldering moves. Head round the far side and walk along Duddingston loch (lots of wildlife including large number of herons) Take your sledge/snowboard/baking tray when there's snow for some winter fun!
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