Holyrood Park (also called the Queen's Park or King's Park depending on the reigning monarch's gender) is a royal park in central Edinburgh, Scotland about 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) to the east of Edinburgh Castle. It is open to the public. It has an array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of gorse, providing a wild piece of highland landscape within its 650-acre (260 ha) area. The park is associated with the royal palace of Holyroodhouse and was formerly a 12th-century royal hunting estate. The park was created in 1541 when James V had the ground "circulit about Arthurs Sett, Salisborie and Duddingston craggis" enclosed by a stone wall.
Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano and the highest point in Edinburgh, is at the centre of the park, with the cliffs of Salisbury Crags to the west. There are three lochs: St Margaret's Loch, Dunsapie Loch, and Duddingston Loch. The ruined St Anthony's Chapel stands above St Margaret's Loch. Queen's Drive is the main route through the Park, and is partly closed on Sundays to motor vehicles. St Margaret's Well and St Anthony's Well are both natural springs within the park. Holyrood Park is located to the south-east of the Old Town, at the edge of the city centre. Abbeyhill is to the north, and Duddingston village to the east. The University of Edinburgh's Pollock Halls of Residence are to the south-west, and Dumbiedykes is to the west.
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Richard Scott | Mar 23, 2018
Some amazing views of Edinburgh, nice walk up although windy at times. The park was well kept and clean with no visible rubbish. Plenty of free parking was available from the bottom of the climb and sufficient parking further up. Good walk for the dog, plenty of exercise. Looked very popular with the locals who were jogging and dog walking.
Susan Dunn | Mar 17, 2018
Fantastic large park very close to city centre. Lots of different areas to walk in. Well worth going up to the trig point at the top of Arthur’s seat where the views are tremendous. Nice 5 km circular walk around main roads which are helpfully closed to traffic on Sunday making the walk very pleasant. No refreshments in the park as such but lots around the various bits on the edge of the park including the now trendy parts around holyrood and the Parliament.
Lisa M | Apr 3, 2018
Amazing hike - we took a very steep route, was a great exercise - make sure to wear proper shoes/ clothing. We didn't and got a bit dirty. But the view is totally worth all the climbing
Tatiana Fonseca | Dec 28, 2017
Quite possibly the best part of Edinburgh. You don't expect to find such a vast park that makes you feel like you're in the countryside right outside the city. Take the hike up to Arthur's Seat, but if you enjoy a challenge, take the path along Salisbury Craig. If you have time, get off the main path and travel through the less walled areas. They park is big enough that you'll feel like you're away from society, but small enough that you won't get lost. You'll also get some great landscapes by walking through the less popular areas. Take water and lunch with you, and really make a day of it, and don't forget to have your camera ready! You won't regret giving this park your time, but be ready to spend 3/4 of a day there if you really want to take it all in.
Susan Mooney | Mar 21, 2018
I am very lucky to have this as my view from my living room window. It is also an excellent place to walk up with the dogs, they love it! The views are absolutely stunning.
Erik Rodrigo Salazar Cortizo | Apr 20, 2018
Is a must to visit if you go Edinburgh, sights are amazing and you can watch all the city and far away. Is a good route for hiking and if it's not windy you will have a great time there. 100% recommend
Sohel Khondaker | Apr 24, 2018
Very big park with lovely views of the city, hills and sea, especially if you can climb to the top of the hills within the park. Just to note it's easier to go past Hunters bog and then down Salisbury crags rather than the other way round. Salisbury crags is deceptively steep (the path that goes parallel to Queens Drive)!
Peter Adshead | May 4, 2018
Great open space with excellent views of the city. The road around the seat is very popular with cyclists and runners, can be very popular on the weekend. Best views are of course on top of the seat but I think if you were less inclined a trip along the crags gives just a good view of the city with a little less effort (still an energetic walk!) 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!)
Valeria Miranda | Apr 21, 2018
Amazing views of the city and its surroundings! There are several paths you can take to get to Arthur's seat or any of the other attractions. Make sure you take appropriate shoes as well as food and water with you.
Mingzhao Xu | May 6, 2018
Beautiful and conveniently located. The hilly landscape and swan pond gives a taste of the greater hikes this country has to offer. The view from Arthur's Peak is very scenic. For history buffs, there are ruins of an ancient kirk at the top. There are various trails and nooks/crannies I would've liked to explore further. Even if the rain/wind, not a hard trek. Located next to Parliament so take a tour here or attend an open debate session if you want. I skipped the Holyrood Castle but would've liked to entered the monastery if it were separate.
Chris Mah | May 16, 2018
The highlight of my trip to Edinburgh. This park is in the middle of town but unlike most urban parks you won't find any lawns or manicured flower gardens here. If it weren't for all the people climbing up the hills on the sunny afternoon I visted it would have felt as though this was miles away from town. There are foot paths you can follow to various lookouts or you can just make your own trail through the grassy hills, just be sure to bring some good shoes. I didn't get a chance to visit the highlands on my trip but this park did a good job of capturing a small part of the natural beauty of Scotland.
Andrew Fraser | May 14, 2018
Holyrood Park makes it easy to 'escape from the city' for both tourists, city-workers and locals like me. Its wide-open spaces offer a 'breath of fresh air' very close to the Royal Mile or nearby suburbs. Lots to see and do. Great viewpoints are easily accessible for those less mobile (when driving by car), too: On Sundays, the road (Queens Drive) is frequently closed to road traffic, though.
Birgit Wildeboer | May 21, 2018
Lovely park and we had AMAZING weather ☀️🌞🌄 it is lovely. Take water and a little bit to eat with you🍌🍞🥤. The climb is not hard but it can be exhausting. Especially in the heat of a bright spring day. There are e couple of main paths leading up to various spots. But there are trails going from those paths everywhere. They vary in difficulty but they take you away from the crowds and give you amazing views across the valley. Offcourse we were very lucky that al the yellow flowers were in bloom. There is yellow EVERYWHERE!!! IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!
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