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Many historic places are still open for visitors, outwith Level 4 COVID protection areas. Book in advance and check if Scottish Government travel restrictions apply before travelling.

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Overview

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.

Arthur’s Seat, the park’s highest point, is the remains of a volcano, and stone and flint tools found here reveal human activity as far back as 5000 BC. 

What to see and do

Before exploring Holyrood Park, visit our Visitor Information with free exhibition, where you can 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
  • 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

Our Ranger Service helps to protect Holyrood Park and also runs guided walks, group tours and other events for visitors. Find out about the Ranger Service.

Fishing permits for Duddingston Loch are available from our Ranger Service, please email them rangers@hes.scot

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Opening times

Open year-round.

The park is in a Level 3 COVID protection area and local visitors are welcome.

Please be aware the Radical Road footpath is currently closed.

The High Road is closed to vehicles daily, with a one-way system in place for cyclists.

Dunsapie Loch Car Park is currently closed.

At weekends, all roads are closed to vehicles:
by 8.45am, re-open from 5pm in summer
by 8.45am, re-open from 3pm in winter

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