The park’s best loved feature is Arthur’s Seat, the 823 foot hill and extinct volcano that dominates the skyline
For a smallish city, Edinburgh’s certainly not short on green spaces, and you’ll do well to beat the vast, beautiful Holyrood Park. You can access Arthur’s Seat hill from various points in the park, but the slope veering up from Dunsapie Loch is your easiest bet, and well worth the effort given the stunning views of the city and beyond from the top. Although it’s officially considered a Royal park, given its proximity to, and history with the Palace, the vibe here is about as relaxed as it gets. Joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and dawdlers use it to blow away the cobwebs and create the illusion of being out of the big smoke, and in the heart of the country, all just a short walk from Edinburgh’s busy Royal Mile.
Beyond Arthur’s Seat, there’s loads to explore here, over the park’s 600 acre sprawl, from lochs and cliffs to the fairly accessible ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel.
A must for fans of a truly stunning walk are the Salisbury Crags, a series of cliffs that rise to prominence in the middle of the park. Take care as you go, but a path follows the rim of the Crags, granting a gradual climb to the top.
A venture right around the park from Holyrood (which can be done by road should you wish) can eventually take you to the pretty village of Duddingston, which homes The Sheep Heid Inn, believed by many to be the oldest pub in Scotland. They have decent ales on tap, do a mean Sunday lunch, and even boast an old-fashioned bowling alley out back.
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