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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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  • The road to Arthur's seat is incredible. nothing is easy in this park and the adventure is challenging but my god , the feeling after you reach the summit ! Every time you look up you can see why nature is such a power. The road to pallace is funny and you can actually try to imagine how was the terrain in the medieval times and how people were galloping on horses to deliver some message to the king or another important person. It is fun trip.
  • 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.
  • Great for walks and short hikes. Wonderful views of the city and the sea (weather permitting ;) ) very windy at the top, so bring a jacket even on a warm day. Many different paths to explore which give you very different views/experiences!
  • 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!
  • Beautiful beautiful beautiful place. Nature is at its best. Didnt have enough time and energy to climb up. But very relaxing environment. I personally collecyed a few plastic bottles that have been thrown around. Please leave only your foot prints and no rubbish. Places like this keeps some people alive.

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