This royal park was a hunting estate in the 1300s and became a park in the 1500s. If you are visiting Edinburgh this is a must see and a quick escape into a surprisingly wild landscape in the heart of the city.
The easiest way to get to Arthur’s seat for the best views is to park in the car park at Dunsapie Loch and walk up the grassy footpath. The road itself is a pleasant drive, even if you don’t intend to leave the car, but parts of it are closed on a Sunday.
As well as this easy path up to the top there are plenty of other walking and cycling routes all around the park suitable for a range of abilities. Salisbury Crags are popular with Rock climbers. There are 3 lochs to visit as well as some chapel and abbey ruins.
The park is connected to Holyrood Palace, which is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. The palace is open for visitors and tours of the house and gallery.
Visit www.visitscotland.com for more information.