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Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat Walk


Holyrood Park is a huge Royal Park open to the public, an area of parkland, rough terrain, lochs, hills and crags, yet is right in the centre of Scotland's capital city. This walk is a tour of the park, visiting Salisbury Craigs, St Anthony's Chapel, Arthur's Seat (251m) and Dunsapie Loch. Holyrood Park is always very popular with joggers, walkers and tourists and it's easy to see why, once you walk it! The park is a prime location, adjacent to the new Scottish Parliament. 

The walk starts opposite the Palace of Holyroodhouse, climbing immediately and steeply to follow a path directly below the impressive Salisbury Craigs, an imposing sight when viewed from the centre of the city. It then heads 'inland' down a flat valley, before climbing again to visit St Anthony's Chapel, a ruin perched high on crags above a loch. It next turns back and climbs steeply, right up to the top of Arthur's Seat (251m). The views from the top are fantastic - all of Edinburgh can be seen, as well as much of East Lothian, Midlothian and across the Firth of Forth to Fife. The route continues down the 'tourist route' to Dunsapie Loch, finally heading down beside the public road and around, past the lower loch, back to the start.

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Other nearby Walks

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Edinburgh: the Two-Hour Tour
Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat
South Queensferry - Dalmeny
The Circuit of St Mary's Loch
Black and White Meldon
Stobshiel - Lammer Law - Longyester - Stobshiel
Edinburgh Reservoirs
East Lomond
Mount Hill and Hopetoun Monument
Norman's Law

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