Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park – otherwise known as Queen’s Park – adjoins the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom of the Royal Mile.

About 5 miles in diameter, the Park was conceived by Mary Queen of Scots’ father James V in the mid-sixteenth century with a vision to recreate a composite Scottish landscape of mountains, lochs, marshes and moorland in the heart of Edinburgh.

Its centerpiece is the extinct volcano Arthur’s seat, the highest of Edinburgh’s seven hills, offering an irresistible challenge to residents and visitors alike to climb its steadily steepening slopes for the reward of breathtaking views from its summit of the surrounding city and the rolling countryside of the Lothians beyond.

The Park plays host to a number of events during the Edinburgh International Festival, and is also home to Our Dynamic Earth where visitors are taken on an enthralling journey back through time to discover to story of our planet’s development from its creation after the Big Bang through to what might lie ahead for us all in the future.