A short walk from the Royal Mile is Holyrood Park, a sprawling 640 acre Royal park perfect for hikers, hill walkers and mountain biking. Holyrood Palace the Queen’s Royal residence in the city sits at the entrance and can be visited by the general public.
Once inside the park take a leisurely walk to Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano – the peak dominates the Edinburgh skyline at 250.5 metres, it’s the perfect place to capture some stunning panoramic photographs of the city.
St Anthony’s chapel which dates back to the 15th century is available to visit inside the park, as is Duddingston loch which is rife with beautiful birdlife.
During the 18th century the distinctive quarries and rocks found in the park were used to construct many of Edinburgh’s buildings which still stand today.
Rangers patrol and maintain the public park providing tours, general information and special events all of which can be booked in advance.
Just remember to come prepared and dress appropriately if you wish to walk Arthur’s Seat, in the summer months bring sunblock, during autumn and winter time it can get blustery, so wear warm clothing and perhaps have some waterproofs at the ready!
When your walk is complete, relax in the public tea room at Holyrood Palace or try one of the oldest pubs in Edinburgh – The Sheep Heid Inn which is just outside the Duddingston Loch entrance to the park.