A Gardens in Edinburgh City Centre
Occupying about 650 acres Holyrood Park contains the peak of Arthur's Seat which affords wonderful views of the city and the surrounding area. It takes about an hour and a half to climb to the top and return again (with ten minutes on the summit) on good paths. The rest of the park is kept in a semi-wilderness state with roughly mown routes to the more accessible areas but equally leaving plenty of opportunities to walk off the paths to have some solitude to admire the views. The park also contains a couple of small lochs where children can feed the swans and other birds that congregate. Holyrood park is not just any park, it is unique in that it is a mini-mountain effectively in the middle of the city, much enjoyed by runners and cyclists and can be enjoyed satisfactorily from a car by driving up and around the circular road that rises to about half the height of Arthur's sea at the south side.
The Private House Stay's Guide
Edinburgh City Centre
The Old Town of Edinburgh is built on a ridge that rises gradually from the Palace of Holyrood to Edinburgh Castle. There are staircase lanes, called Wynds, that lead off this 'Royal Mile' that give the impression of the city being built on multiple levels and buildings that date from the 11th Century. The New Town is also a World Heritage Site with its mix of Georgian town houses and the earliest examples in Europe of tenement flats. The views to be had from the Castle, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill are dramatic and inspiring.