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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. 

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, 361KB]

Holyrood Park – Points of Interest [PDF, 194KB]

Holyrood Park – Self Guided Walks [PDF, 627KB]

Holyrood Park – Climbing Guide [PDF, 490KB]

Holyrood Park – Fishing Guide [PDF, 528KB]

Holyrood Park and Linlithgow Peel – Bird Feeding Guide [PDF, 412KB]

No camping or overnight parking is permitted. Please review our official guide, which includes suggestions for campsites nearby.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

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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