Holyrood Park is an amazing hilly public park in Edinburgh, Scotland and just a short distance from Edinburgh Old Town. This is a park that most likely has been around since the 12th century.
Right on the edge of the park, you’ll find Holyrood Palace, the royal residence in Edinburgh.
Stepping into this park is like stepping back into history. You can see volcanic cliff faces, steep pathways, mini locks and hillside ruins like St. Anthony’s Chapel that dates back to the 15th century.
In the center of the park is Arthur’s Seat which resembles a reclining lion. There are well-maintained paths to get to the top. From the summit rising 251 meters you can get fantastic views of Edinburgh, Leith (nearby port city) and some distant views across the Firth of Forth to Fife (estuary of several Scottish rivers).
You’ll enjoy the drama of the Salisbury Craigs, ruddy-colored series of 150-foot cliff faces which can be seen from Edinburgh’s Southside.