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Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
(4.8/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Definetly worth taking a trip up the mountain, the view is....... stop at the tea rooms at Holyrood before hand, top up on fluids before embarking the ascent well worth the effort. 
  • Although you have to climb a steep hill in some areas, is sighted across Edinburgh, the high and low zone of the city, including across the estuary from the North Sea that bathes the city from above. It is worth going to the sunset and watch the sunset from here.
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  • There are several ways to reach the top (Arthur's seat); some are longer and others shorter. We started from the path next to Holyrioodhouse Palace and in a few hours we walked around the park to Arth...  more »
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  • Breathtakingly beautiful. Give yourself a few hours to hike around this park. There are plenty of accessible trails. There also are some more challenging climbs. All give superb views of the city and the harbor. Stunning natural beauty throughout the park.
  • Probably the nicest park in Europe. Bring food and drinks and go to the toilet beforehand if you need to go, as there are no facilities of any kind once you get off the road. If you have kids keep an eye on them, as there are a lot of sheer drops.
  • A beautiful park with amazing views. It's a pretty wild place and terrain can be treacherous though, so make sure you bring appropriate gear and hiking shoes. If you're looking for a more relaxed walk, there are also fairly easy paths.
  • Great views are guaranteed from this beautiful place. Easy accessed half day get away, just outside of the city centre. There are many ways to get to the top, which offer variation. Recommended to go in different times of the year.
  • A must visit. The views from the top (and even from part way up) were fantastic and let you see the whole town and out to the sea. This hike isn't for the faint of heart, so be sure you've got enough strength for it, but for the average healthy adult it shouldn't be a problem. Try to avoid if there has been a lot of rain, as it can get slippery. If you just want to hike to the summit, it should take about an hour each way, maybe a bit less if you're quick. There are several additional trains to explore other peaks and things of interest, including an old chapel. Get out and enjoy some fresh air.