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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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  • A great place to walk and get fresh air. It's at the end of the Royal Mile near Holyrood Palace but feels as if you're out in the country. Gorgeous views.  more »
  • seems like a great place for locals to hike and take their dogs but unless you have a lot of time in Edinburgh you couldn't really do the place justice  more »
  • very nice and welcoming "Park", exhausting to walk, because the roads are very steep. But overcame the height, then there is a wonderful view on Edinburgh and the Harbour and the Bay
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  • Stunning, panoramic views of the city from the mountain summit. We weren't expecting the hike up and down to be 2 hours total but well worth it as we made it in time for the sunset. Wish we went earlier to spend more time up there!
  • One of the best features of Edinburgh. Large open areas that are great for dogs, paths up the crags or Arthur's Seat that offer amazing views of the city, and bike routes for a fun ride. The road is closed on Sundays, making it even better to let dogs and kids run around, bur it's great any day of the week.
  • Definitely a relaxing shot in the heart of the city. You can climb, ride your bike, have a walk or just have a chat with friends in the park. Either way, of the weather is good, don't miss this spot. The park is also next to the Scottish parliament and Holyrood Palace if you fancy a visit
  • Wonderful views of the city if you hike up to Arthur's Seat! Beautiful park overall! Has a little for everyone- ponds with swans, ruins, and spectacular views! FYI- if it rains the rocks are slick, plan accordingly! And it is cold & usually windy up at the top!
  • We walked to the top using the rustic stairs rather than the greasy knoll that the tour busses stop at. Great experience.

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