There is no shortage of activities to partake in around the foot of the Royal Mile while you visit Scotland’s capital city. Keep reading to hear our top picks for the 3 best spots to visit around Holyrood in Edinburgh.
First and foremost is the incredible Palace of Holyroodhouse. Here you can learn about Scottish Royal history and some well-known historical figures such as Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. You can also learn about how the Palace is used today when The Queen visits Scotland to carry out official engagements. Why not pop into the Café at the Palace for a spot of afternoon tea to round off your visit.
Second on our list is the famous Arthur’s Seat and surrounding grounds of Holyrood Park. The extinct volcano stands 251m high with unparalleled views of the city and beyond. If you take a hike to the peak, be sure to wrap up warm and wear comfortable shoes because, in true Scottish fashion, no matter the weather, it will be blowing a gale. You can also visit St Anthony’s Chapel, a 600-year-old chapel overlooking St Margaret’s Loch, or even venture to the Salisbury Crags, a series of dramatic cliff faces standing 150ft high above the city centre: the perfect spot for a romantic picnic!
Why not end your day at the Scottish Parliament? Constructed in 2004, the Scottish Parliament became a controversial addition to Edinburgh’s skyline. With many intricate elements creating the exterior, the residents of Edinburgh became divided on whether they loved or hated the appearance. Regardless, the architecture truly is magnificent and with so much to learn and experience inside, we recommend setting aside a couple of hours in your itinerary to embark on a self-guided tour through the parliament.
We hope this helps to give you some ideas on what to do around Holyrood in Edinburgh.