Travel advice for the Opening of the Scottish Parliament

People heading to celebrations marking the official Opening of the Scottish Parliament this weekend are being advised to take note of travel arrangements.

A ceremony to mark the opening of the new session will be followed by a traditional Riding procession down the Royal Mile and an afternoon programme of activities in the parliament and its grounds.

With thousands of people expected to flock to the events from Edinburgh and beyond, attendees are advised to use public transport where possible and to check for travel updates before setting out. Edinburgh’s Annual Pride March, taking place at 1pm along the Royal Mile, could further impact journey times.

The Canongate will be closed from 12:30am while Castlehill, the Lawnmarket and the High Street will be closed from 7:00am. Abbeyhill, Horse Wynd, Calton Road, New Street, Cranston Street and East Market Street will be closed from 8:30am.

  • From 11am to 12pm: Her Majesty The Queen will address MSPs in the Chamber during the Opening Ceremony.
  • From 12pm to 1pm: around 2,000 people including Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Donald Wilson will take part in a colourful, historic ‘Riding’ procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, including Local Heroes nominated by their MSPs in recognition of the important work they do to help others or their community.
  • From 2pm to 6pm: Holyrood’s ‘Big Day Out’ offers a fun-packed afternoon for all the family. The gardens and doors of the Scottish Parliament will be open to everyone to explore. All events will be free and there is no need to book.

Further information specific to the Big Day Out can be found at

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