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Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Categories: Castles, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The UK knows how to do green space...and this is a beautiful park with wonderful paths. Edinburgh is such a walkable city. 
  • you will have to walk a little but is worth a lot worth recommend a circular route start or one side and down the other. If these are without a doubt the best views
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  • It's so common to see a natural site in the heart of a capital that is difficult from there to write. A first time you leave the city and the second time you have totally forgotten, you find yourself in the middle of a Scottish fairy landscape at will. The third time you reach the end of your climb and the view sue on Edinburgh is breathtaking. A definite must!
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  • 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.
  • Great hikes and views. Very windy at the top. Hold on your hat.
  • This is a quiet, green place with a road to the mountain track that will guide you to the top. There's a small lovely lake with swans and ducks. Adorable place!
  • Lovely location with some great views, though nothing that really makes it stand out from the rest of Edinburgh. Maybe it is unfair to make it compete with the rest of this magical city, but I just feel there are other places in Edinburgh you could better spend your time enjoying.
  • Spent a lot of time wandering through Holyrood when visiting Edinburgh, it's a lovely end of town and climbing the crags and hills gives a wonderful view of the city, as well as some quiet moments away from it all.
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