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Holyrood from south east
Taken from Holyrood Park in 2004. From left to right: Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament Building, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scott Monument, Balmoral Hotel clock tower and Nelson's Monument.
Younger's Holyrood Ale
Brewing was the main local industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Holyrood (/ˈhɒliˌrd/; Scots: Halyruid Scottish Gaelic: Taigh an Ròid) is an area in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Lying east of the city centre, at the end of the Royal Mile, Holyrood was once in the separate burgh of Canongate before the expansion of Edinburgh in 1856. It had several breweries and a flint glassworks in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The westerly parts of Holyrood, excluding Holyrood Park, are roughly synonymous with the Canongate and Dumbiedykes areas.

Holyrood includes the following sites:

  • The modern Scottish Parliament Building. For this reason "Holyrood" is often used in contemporary media as a metonym for the Scottish Government.
  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the monarch in Scotland.
  • The ruins of Holyrood Abbey
  • Holyrood Park, an expansive royal park surrounding the palace.
  • The Moray House School of Education.
  • Our Dynamic Earth.
  • A number of residential, light commercial, and government properties.
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