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Holyrood Park

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Address: Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)131 652 8150
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Hiking
Description: Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city...
Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within the park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. As well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points.
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Dazzling park, amazing hikes

This is, in my estimation, the highlight of Edinburgh. A truly stunning park on a dormant volcano. Be sure to hike up to Arthur's Seat for breathtaking views of the city... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is, in my estimation, the highlight of Edinburgh. A truly stunning park on a dormant volcano. Be sure to hike up to Arthur's Seat for breathtaking views of the city, countryside, and ocean. Dress well - wear good shoes, and, as you are in Edinburgh, be prepared for sun and rain. Can easily hike to Arthur's Seat, spend some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Wow! Expect a difficult hike but take your time and enjoy. The park is very large and the landscape is beautiful and practically in town.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

what is better than amazing hiking experience as a city park? Steps from Edinburgh city is the Scottish Highlands with an amazing park that combines the buttes of utah with the ridges of scotland , all easily accessible with numerous walking trails and amazing views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A delightful tour of a working castle. My friend had been there three times but had never gotten inside due to official business at the castle. We saw an archery tournament between the Queen's archers and the Woodsmen from Kent (I believe) in a contest that only takes place every two years. The gardens are manicured. The castle is beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

the beauty of the city can be seen from the top of the hills of the beautiful park. It is a great place to spend some quiet FREE time. It is so much more green and beautiful looking than the pictures and the hiking trails are so nice.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Holyrood Park is at the heart of the city and for hiking but you don't really need any extra support while hiking and its level 3 so easy to walk but be careful in winter because its renowned as the windy city with the prevailing wind direction coming in the highest summit but good experience.

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Grafenwohr, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Mesmerizing history and current surroundings entwined here at Holyrood. You can just imagine Mary, Queen of Scots walking through this enchanting place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We couldn't tour the palace due to Prince Charles being in residence but the palace was great to look at from the outside. The park was pretty and a nice place for a picnic. Totally a great time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful green space with three lochs where you can relax within walking distance of the centre of town. The park is next to Holyrood castle and has paths for walking or cycling. There are also paths to the top of Arthur's seat which is a lovely climb with beautiful views of the city. Swans and ducks can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A short hike to a spectacular view of Edinburgh. We walked up the path (in a bit of rain) to view this city from this high point. Definitely worth it!

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Address: Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)131 652 8150
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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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