Holyrood Park, Queen’s Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG
Holyrood Park is a large royal park in Edinburgh, which was created in 1541 on the orders of James V. It is located close to the picturesque ruins of Holyrood Abbey and the famous Palace of Holyrood House, which has been a royal residence since 1505. The park is now open to the public. It has become a popular setting for walks, picnics and various events throughout the year.
Historical and Scientific Discoveries
The park is a site of special scientific interest famous for its diverse geology, plants and wildlife, which are studied by scientists from all over the world. It is also a place of historical interest. Evidence of human settlements here dates back ten thousand years. From the flint arrow heads of ancient hunter-gatherers to the cultivation terraces of medieval farmers.
Sights and Landmarks of Holyrood Park
The park covers 650 acres and has a wild and varied landscape of hills, glens and lochs. There are many interesting features and landmarks. An extinct volcano that erupted 350 million years ago named Arthur’s Seat is at the centre with the Salisbury Crags cliffs alongside it. The ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel stand high above St Margaret’s Loch and are thought to date back to the 14th century. Duddingston Loch, which lies at the south of the park, is the only natural freshwater loch in Edinburgh. It’s home to a great deal of birdlife.
Visit Holyrood Park
Rangers are based at Holyrood Park to ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit. They run a calendar of events at the park including themed walks and family activities. You can search online for Holyrood Park events. See the Historic Scotland website for more information.