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Opening times

Open year-round.

The Radical Road is closed until further notice.

Check here for unexpected closures
 

Getting there

Holyrood Park
East of Holyrood Palace and Abbey
Edinburgh

Parking is available around the park.

National Grid reference: NT 2773

View Holyrood Park on a Google map

Holyrood Park Ranger Service

Telephone: 0131 652 8150

Email: rangers@hes.scot

Find out more about our Ranger Service.

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Maps and guides

Geology highlights

World-famous Scottish geologist James Hutton used the rock formations at the south end of the park’s Radical Road as evidence for his groundbreaking 1788 work, Theory of the Earth. This area is now known as Hutton’s Section.

Discover all aspects of the volcano, from vents on Arthur’s Seat to lava flows on Whinny Hill.

Wildlife spotting

Holyrood Park has a rich wildlife, including:

  • plants like orchids and rock rose
  • birds such as fulmars and stonechats
  • mammals like squirrels and brown hare
  • butterflies such as the northern brown argus

Hunter’s Bog is a good place to spot wildlife.

Maps and guides to download

Holyrood Park Map and Guide [PDF, 406KB]

Holyrood Park – Points of Interest [PDF, 75KB]

Holyrood Park – Self Guided Walks [PDF, 648KB]

Holyrood Park – Climbing Guide [PDF, 448KB]

Holyrood Park – Fishing Guide [PDF, 479KB]

Holyrood Park – Camping Guide [PDF, 316KB]

Holyrood Park and Linlithgow Peel – Bird Feeding Guide [PDF, 367KB]

Parking

Parking is available near Holyrood Palace Broad Pavement, St Margaret's Loch, Dunsapie Loch and Duddingston Loch.

You must pay for the parking near Holyrood Palace Broad Pavement. The cost is £1 an hour (minimum charge £1).

Charges apply from 8.30am to 5.30pm daily, except on:

  • Saturdays
  • Sundays
  • Easter Monday
  • 25 and 26 December
  • 1 January

Historic Scotland Members are not exempt from the charges.

Cyclists

Off-road cycling is not permitted. You may cycle on the marked cycle paths as well as on the roads.

Access at Holyrood Park

Sturdy footwear with a good grip is recommended for exploring Holyrood Park.

Walking just a short distance can take you from tarmac pavement to rugged and uneven ground.

Watch out for slippery surfaces and sheer drops.

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