The Dark History at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh will be all around you. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace. Bronze Age people farmed the land and lived in small settlements, traces of which survive today. Holyrood Park is the site of a volcano which was active in early Carboniferous times, about 340 million years ago. Geological History. The parks highest point is Arthur's Seat, an ancient volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city; it is also the site of a large and well preserved fort. There’s a huge amount of history to discover at Holyrood Park and it’s well worth learning a little bit about it before you go for a walk, just so you know what to keep an eye open for. Please note that the Scottish Parliament is not responsible for the content of any external websites. Holyrood Park’s dramatic hills and crags shape Edinburgh’s unforgettable skyline, and its history and archaeology span thousands of years. Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. History. The park encompasses a five-mile radius of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th century and is now the responsibility of government cultural agency Historic Scotland. Mesolithic and Neolithic stone and flint tools found in Holyrood Park reveal human activity on the site since at least 5000 BC. Holyrood Park is a windswept, hilly public park, but a few minutes walk from Edinburgh Old Town. With buildings that have survived the dreadful plague , horrendous wars and terrifying serial killers almost everywhere you look, you could easily walk past a seemingly irrelevant pile of rocks or quiet … Arthur’s Seat, the park’s highest point, is the remains of a volcano, and stone and flint tools found here reveal human activity as far back as 5000 BC.
The history of Holyrood Park. Take the pinnacle of Arthur’s Seat for example. Holyrood and history This page contains frequently asked questions about the Holyrood building and the history of the current and former Scottish Parliaments. Adapted from a leaflet by David McAdam entitled "Geological Guide to the Arthur's Seat Volcano" reproduced with the permission of Edinburgh Geological Society.