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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle. Holyrood Palace is the official residence of the reigning monarch when visiting Scotland. Once home to Mary, Queen of Scots, this stunning building and beautiful surrounding grounds has played host to some of the greatest figures throughout Scottish history.

History of Holyrood Palace

Built between 1671 and 1678, the palace has been at the epicentre of Scottish royalty since the 16th century. As Edinburgh became the official capital of Scotland, the ancient kings chose to live in the beautiful and serene Holyrood Abbey rather than atop the exposed Castle Rock. From James II and Charles I, to Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria. Each monarch has had a unique influence on the establishment and preservation of the palace.