Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park encompasses 650 acres, a natural landscape so close to the city.

Holyrood Palace (Palace of Holyrood House) is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth when she visits Edinburgh. The palace, founded by James IV in 1498, was also where Mary Queen of Scots Italian secretary, David Riccio, was murdered. Take a tour of the palace to see the royal apartments, thrones, and paintings of the kings of Scotland,
Climb up Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano 822 ft. high. The easiest path up is to start on the eastern side at Dunsapie Loch. Don't miss the swans and the ducks paddling around the loch. Walk along the Salisbury Crags to the summit. From the top, you can see for miles around, including the Firth of Forth. It's more fun for the kids to hike up, but there's a road that takes you close to the summit.