This evening, I am posting information on Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The park comprises an extensive open space featuring small lochs (lakes) but is essentially hilly with the peak, Arthur’s Seat, sitting at the centre at a height of 251 metres/823 feet.  Arthur’s Seat  and adjacent area is of volcanic origin dating back 310m-360m years when Scotland was situated near to the equator. There is also an exposed cliff edge named Salisbury Crags which was formed slightly later than Arthur’s Seat by magma flowing from deep inside the earth.

The entire park is open to the public and offers facilities for walking, cycling, climbing, photography, connecting with the geology or just admiring the extensive views which include:

  • Pentland Hills to the south.
  • Duddingston to the east.
  • Calton Hill ‘ Athens of the North’ to the north-west.
  • Firth of Forth.
  • Edinburgh City  to the west, including such notable sites as Palace of Holyroodhouse, Dynamic Earth and Edinburgh Castle.
  • Ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel which may date from the 15th century or earlier.

A selection of images are provided below.

Edinburgh from Holyrood Park

Edinburgh from Holyrood Park

Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland

St. Anthony’s Chapel, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland

Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh and Castle, Scotland

Calton Hil and Firth of Forth, Scotlandl

Duddingston, Scotland

Edinburgh City, Scotland

Clearly the park has much to offer the visitor. It is possible to drive or cycle round the outer edge and benefit from the views. Alternatively, people with energy can climb up to Salisbury Crags or further up to the summit of Arthur’s Seat.

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