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Abbeyhill is one of the oldest areas of Edinburgh and just ten minutes walk from the city centre.


Abbeyhill is one of the oldest areas of Edinburgh and just ten minutes walk from the city centre. It is especially a great base to explore the Old Town as a ten minute walk will bring you to landmarks such as Calton Hill and the Palace of Holyrood House - the Queen's residence when she is in town. The ruins of Holyrood Abbey from which Abbeyhill derives its name, can be accessed within the grounds of the palace.
 

Across the road from the palace is the iconic Scottish Parliament building which opened in 2004 and offers free guided tours six days a week. Visitors can attend parliament debates free of charge.
 

Nature lovers can start the day with a walk round Holyrood Park or climb up Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags to take in panoramic views of the whole of the city. If you prefer to keep fit indoors then Meadowbank Sports Centre, host to two Commonwealth Games, has a wealth of facilities. And for those who like to shop, Meadowbank Retail Park is right in the heart of Abbeyhill, and the city centre just a short bus ride away.




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