Holyrood Park

  • Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG

Important notice

The footpath below Samson’s Ribs which links Duddingston Low Road to the Innocent Railway, is currently closed. The adjacent cycle and pedestrian path will remain open, with occasional restrictions.


Maps and guides

Holyrood Lodge Visitor Information

Before exploring the park, 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. 

Holyrood Park Audio Guide

Find out about the park’s rich stories, prehistoric tales and abundant wildlife in our audio guide, available for free through the Geotourist app.

Download the app in advance, bring headphones and some sturdy walking shoes.

Please stick to the paths on your visit.

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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. Please note, there is currently no access to the Radical Road or Hutton's Section due to the risk of rockfall.

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

Please be aware permission to climb in Holyrood Park is suspended at this time.

Opening times

Please be aware the Radical Road footpath is currently closed.

The High Road and Dunsapie Loch Car Park are open to vehicles from Tues to Thur, 9.30am to 3pm. A one-way system is in place for cyclists.

On Sat & Sun all roads are closed to vehicles during the day. Closures will commence from 8.15am to 9am. The roads will reopen between 7.15pm and 8pm. From Saturday 1 June, the reopening time will change to between 9.15pm and 10pm

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