Roam through a city park like no other. Holyrood Park’s dramatic hills and crags shape Edinburgh’s unforgettable skyline, and its history and archaeology span thousands of years.

Things to do

Before exploring Holyrood Park, find out about the history and learn about various walking routes that can be enjoyed. You can also treat yourself to snacks and souvenirs. Located opposite the Scottish Parliament and Palace of Holyrood House.

  • Climb Arthur’s Seat (251m) for 360-degree views of Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Take in the free exhibition about the park’s history, geology and archaeology at Holyrood Lodge Information Centre
  • Walk Sir Walter Scott’s Radical Road, the track that hugs the cliffs beneath the Salisbury Crags
  • Discover Iron Age forts and Bronze Age agricultural terraces
  • Visit St Anthony’s Chapel, a picturesque medieval ruin
  • Watch for geese at Duddingston Loch, a haven for waterfowl

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Rory O’neill July 9, 2018 6:47 am

Beautiful and conveniently located. The hilly landscape and swan pond gives a taste of the greater hikes Edinburgh has to offer. Located next to Parliament so take a tour here or attend an open debate session if you want. Must do while in Edinburgh, even if you’re there for just 2 days. Take your own provisions there isn’t any on offer, but also do take your own rubbish away with you (not too many bins up there!)