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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. Put Holyrood Park into our Edinburgh vacation generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Edinburgh.
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  • This whole area with palace and gardens and park is a must do . I always am a bit upset when we can't take photos inside . But one gets to see the inside of the palace and the bedrooms ... dining hall...  more »
  • This is a nice park with a good view of Arthur's seat. Good for photos. Would be a good place for a picnic or just to relax and walk away from the city.  more »
  • Time spent in Holyrood Park is well worth it. The terrain and views vary. There are gentle grassy slopes, hilltops, clifftops, and trails. The views around and away from Edinburgh are outstanding.  more »
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  • Great place for a nature escape in the city. The highest peak (Arthur's seat) is great for views of the city and a nice climb. The craggs (sharp cliffs facing the centre of Edinburgh) are also a great walk with beautiful views. Yet the smaller peak closer the shore direction is where I spend most my time. It is peaceful, generally with just a few locals walking dogs or running. And you can divert from the paths just a little bit, to find a secluded spot. I often head up here to sit, draw and relax.
  • A big part where Arthur seat can be found. Very windy when I was there during summer. Hike up is not too tough with gentle slope save for the final part towards Arthur seat where it's quite steep. The views up there is totally worthy of the climb!
  • Stunning view over the city. Main ways usually crowded during weekends but some alternative and wild ways make it much quieter. Loving it.
  • We walked up to Arthurs seat after visiting The Scottish Parliament (free tour) and I am so glad I did that first as our tour master was wonderful, explaining everything that we needed to know, saving us time and much research. We actually parked half way up the hill on the south side and walked up one of the many wild footpaths. It is very open so if you have younger children it is a good idea to keep tight hold of them as it can get very windy up there (the day we visited it was not windy at sea level). My children (10 & 9) loved every minute. We climbed up a different peak which had equally as stunning 360 degree views but my children (no surprise to me) decided that 'as ninjas, we would not be beaten' and climbed the final ascent to Arthurs seat. It was fabulous!! Breathtaking views and fortunate enough to witness the sunset it was an amazing experience - one I recommend to anybody visiting Edinburgh
  • A very windy and steep climb to Arthur's Seat! Gorgeous view from the summit! Wear the right shoes!