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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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  • Holyrood had been the home to Scottish and British monarchs for hundreds of years. The queen of England still spends 1 month each year in residence. Well appointed old castle rooms. Enjoyed our visit ...  more »
  • The Park is located in a very convenient and easily accessible place (car). no need to pay for parking, so it's not a bad bonus. The hills themselves-mountains just neverojatngo picturesque, on top of each offers simply stunning views. It is not easy to climb, so it is better to stock up on water and required-camera. A great place for walking with dogs or just walk for the soul. The territory is huge, there is a small lake with ducks and swans, which can and should be fed!
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  • The authorities need to have a few minutes of grace period for visitors. We missed the last entry time by 3 minutes and the folks would not accomodate. Was not able to see inside as we were leaving th...  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.