Holyrood Park
Holyrood Park
4.5
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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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Neighborhood: 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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  • diswix
    Gloucester, United Kingdom527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trail and path runs and walks
    Perfect for runners and hikers. You can run or walk the fairly flat circular loop about 4k around the whole hill (small ascent from main road) or take the gravel/rocky trail to Arthur's seat. Go early to avoid overcrowding on the path to Arthur's seat. Views are rewarding
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom987 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holyrood not to
    Beautiful area of Edinburgh well worth a visit simply for the lovely walks in the peaceful surroundings. Arthur's Seat is a must see if you're in the city and Holyrood Park is certainly the place to walk, have a picnic and spend some quality time in the fresh air with gorgeous scenery all around you. The views are stunning and second to none. You'll be in no hurry to leave and have every reason to return.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2024
  • Kintija S
    Riga, Latvia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The view is worth it!
    Hike was very steep, at some distances even needed to stop for a breath, but the view was worth it! Definitely recommend sport or hike shoes and dont forget water even in sunless days. Also dont forget some jacket as up there the wind sometimes is very cold.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2024
  • dee090
    803 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Historic Environment Scotland walk
    I have just done a Historic Environment Scotland guided walking tour round Holyrood Park & it was excellent. The Tour is called Take The High Road. You have to book in advance online but the tour is free. We were a small group. Our guide was called Gordon and he was outstanding. Can not praise him enough. The tour lasts around 3 hours, starting & ending at same spot at Broad Pavement carpark (tho noone knows that's the name of the car park) which is the car park in the park closest to Holyrood palace Gordon covered history, literature, art geology, flora & fauna. It was all so very interesting. We all learned new stuff even although several of us have spent many years in Edinburgh. Thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend this tour and if you are lucky, you will have Gordon as your tour guide.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 15, 2024
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Alan M
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We took a leisurely stroll around the grounds of the park. The Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat offering spectacular scenery right in the heart of the city. We walked around the site to Duddingston Loch which offers excellent wildlife viewing and is another fantastic sight.
The walking routes although uphill, depending on the direction of travel, is on pavements so are comfortable and there are benches along the way to rest.
The amazing thing is just how quiet the area is, considering it sits in a capital city.
Written August 30, 2020
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Epic-Traveller
Rushden, UK4,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A must-do if you're in Edinburgh.

Holyrood park is a little bit of the countryside in the middle of the City of Edinburgh. Climb Arthur's Seat to the summit and be blessed with 360 degree, bird's-eye view of Edinburgh as far as the eye can see.

Be careful, the rocks are jagged and steep in some places! We've all heard of the man from China who wasn't a very good climber, here was where he slipped on a rock.
Written July 24, 2020
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madaboutravelsp
Edinburgh, UK910 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Huge, beautiful park in the middle of the city. Once you start exploring its paths you'll forget your right in the heart of the Scottish capital. Holyrood Park is an absolute haven and the best place to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the city. Pack a picnic and make a day out of it.
Written September 27, 2020
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Matthew P
Brighton and Hove, UK783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
What a gem just at the edge of the city next to Holyrood Palace. Acres of open land with running track and path around the edge with woods, manicured fields and various lakes and ruins to spot on route. If you're feeling energetic this is also the starting point for a climb up to Arthurs seat, a 250 meter climb to the summit of a long extinct volcano.
Written October 12, 2021
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Braindamagedbaron
Newark-on-Trent, UK987 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful area of Edinburgh well worth a visit simply for the lovely walks in the peaceful surroundings. Arthur's Seat is a must see if you're in the city and Holyrood Park is certainly the place to walk, have a picnic and spend some quality time in the fresh air with gorgeous scenery all around you. The views are stunning and second to none.
You'll be in no hurry to leave and have every reason to return.
Written April 2, 2024
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alfie50
Southwold, UK2,752 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Large expansive green area in the centre of the city. Lots of parking, some free, available within the park.
Lots of trails all over the park including the climb to Arthur's Seat. I went on a wet and windy day in January and thete was lots of people making the climb to the top at Arthur's seat. Can get a bit muddy. Wear some good boots. Grest place for your pup. Grest views if the city from the top.
Written January 19, 2023
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Martin
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This park has a serious traffic management problem.
There are more car parks than pedestrian crossings across what is a very busy road.
Traffic laws cease to exist within the boundaries of this park.
Not at all what I expect from an organisation that are supposed to be promoting Scotland's environment.
Written February 1, 2020
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matthew p
Edinburgh, UK99 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This park is near Salisbury crags which is a hill which you can walk up to the top and get good views of edinburgh and beyond. Other then that the "park" is just somewhere that has not much on offer. And if you want snacks it's best to bring your own as your be paying a lot of money for something as simple as a ice cream from one of the ice cream sellers.
Written December 8, 2023
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dee090
edinburgh803 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I have just done a Historic Environment Scotland guided walking tour round Holyrood Park & it was excellent. The Tour is called Take The High Road. You have to book in advance online but the tour is free. We were a small group. Our guide was called Gordon and he was outstanding. Can not praise him enough. The tour lasts around 3 hours, starting & ending at same spot at Broad Pavement carpark (tho noone knows that's the name of the car park) which is the car park in the park closest to Holyrood palace

Gordon covered history, literature, art geology, flora & fauna. It was all so very interesting. We all learned new stuff even although several of us have spent many years in Edinburgh. Thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend this tour and if you are lucky, you will have Gordon as your tour guide.
Written June 15, 2024
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highimpactuk
Welwyn Garden City, UK984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We visited the park during our short trip. Although there were protests outside (lockdown/restrictions-related), the park itself was very serene and we could have spent the entire day there. We did not do the hard hike to Arthur's seat as we did not have the time (or the energy :)) to do it this time.
Written October 14, 2020
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