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.


Park roads

Before travelling to or through Holyrood Park by car, please check that your route is open to vehicles.

Saturday & Sunday road closures 

On Saturday and Sunday all roads are closed to vehicles during the day (all road users if an event is taking place).

Please note, it takes around 45 minutes for our Rangers to operate all barriers in the park, which is why a window of opening/closing is provided.

  • Closures commence from 7.15am to 8am
  • Roads begin to reopen each Sat & Sun evening between 9.15pm & 10pm. 
  • Access to Broad Pavement, Meadowbank and Duddingston car parks is maintained (unless otherwise signed as closed for events or maintenance) 

The High Road

The High Road and Dunsapie Loch Car Park are open to vehicles from Tuesday to Thursday, 9.30am to 3pm.

A one-way system is in place for cyclists.

Other closures 

Please be aware the Radical Road is closed until further notice for public safety reasons as there is an active risk of rockfall. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Detailed map of Holyrood Park including road and footpath names [PDF, 1.95MB]

For closure updates please visit our closure page. We also notify @edintravel of any closures. 

Park roads may open or close for longer or at other times.

This may happen because of:

  • maintenance work
  • a large public event
  • an accident
  • rock fall
  • ice and snow

We publicise details of additional or extended road closures on radio, Twitter and traffic news services. Yellow information signs may also be used in the park to give advance warning of changes, where it is practical to do so.

Traffic Regulations 

The Ranger Service work with Edinburgh Police to enforce traffic regulations in the Park. Speeding cars and dangerous driving should be reported to the police directly using 101.

External Events

From time to time park roads are closed due to external events. Details provided accurate at the time of production, but subject to change. The most up to date event information can be found on the organisers' website.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May
  • Variety of running races from Marathon to Junior Races taking place over the weekend.
  • Road closures throughout the park and surrounding roads from the evening of Friday 24 May to accommodate various races across both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Broad Pavement car park closed from 12 noon on Friday 24 to Monday 27 May.
  • Meadowbank and Duddingston Loch car parks closed/restricted at various points on Saturday 25 May.
  • A sound system will be present in the park.

Race for Life

Sunday 2 June
  • 5K, 10K and family events to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
  • All park roads closed and ‘loop’ road closed as required for event.
  • Broad Pavement & Duddingston Loch car parks closed on Sunday 2 June.
  • A sound system will be present in the park.

Walk for a Cure

Sunday 23 June
  • 5K walk to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
  • Standard weekend closures.
  • Broad pavement car park closed.
  • A sound system will be present in the park.

World Orienteering Championships

Sunday 11 July
  • Warm-up race as part of Sprint World Orienteering Championships.
  • Details TBC.


Noise Control

We acknowledge the proximity of some of the event sites to local residences and endeavour to do everything possible to minimise disruption.

Should there be any noise issues with an event please contact the Environmental Health Team at The City of Edinburgh Council.

During normal office hours please call 0131 608 1100 or email asknoise@edinburgh.gov.uk

If you are disturbed in the evening or at the weekend, call Licensing Standards Officers on 0131 200 2000.

Guidance for holding an event at Holyrood Park

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 7.15am to 8am. The roads will reopen between 9.15pm and 10pm.

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