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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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  • If you have the lucky to visit Edinburgh with good weather, it's a good place to have a nice walk! There are different tracks and you can go to the summit to have a nice view of the city!  more »
  • Think we took the long way up when you see the ice cream van if you want a longer hike go to the right, but as we found out it would have been easier to go to the left of the ice cream van then follow...  more »
  • A wonderful walk and a beautiful place to view Edinburgh. A place to walk and exercise, a place to picnic when the weather is nice and a place to look over the spectacular architecture of Edinburgh. I...  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.