Holyrood Park is 650 acres of natural meadow land next to Edinburgh's Old Town. It is also called The Queen's Park since it is part of the Holyrood Palace estate, but it is not usually referred to by this name since it is only very rarely closed to the public.
The park is totally natural and informal, with a loch, chapel ruins and large hills which are actually the remains of extinct volcanoes. The area is a favourite for walking, accessing panoramic views of Edinburgh and picnics.
For those looking for a relaxing outing or who have children with them, the flatter areas of land offer picturesque walks. There is St. Margaret's loch (lake), and the ruined St. Anthony's Chapel, dating back to the 1100s. These locations afford great views, and are perfect for a picnic.