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Arthur's Seat

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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Description: Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years...
Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. Situated within Holyrood Park, as well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points. The park has several Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designations due to its exceptional range of grassland habitats and its internationally important volcanic geology. Ranger service on site.
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A mountain in the city!

Arthur's Seat offers great views over Edinburgh. It is great for a bit of hiking, running around, having picnics, you name it! Highly recommended when the sun is out!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Arthur's Seat offers great views over Edinburgh. It is great for a bit of hiking, running around, having picnics, you name it! Highly recommended when the sun is out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Wonderful...climb, sweat, and enjoy the windswept beauty of looking over Edinburgh. (I would recommend doing a handstand while you are there!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The hike up to Arthur's seat is not well marked but some locals helped us find a path. The hike was a nice change of pace from touring the crowded city during the Fringe. It was a little more challenging than I thought it would be because of some rocky steep areas on the path we took. The view was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a bit of step climb but absolutely worth it. The views are phenomenal and you can see the whole city and beyond. Busy up there and selfie central. Take a bottle of water (if not a picnic) and a jumper - it's a bit windy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 251 m (823.5 feet), provides excellent panoramic views of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed walking to the top of King Arthur's Seat, fabulous views of Edinburgh and beyond. Probably took about 40 minutes to get to the top, well worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We climbed Arthur's seat on a gorgeous day - incredible views of the city. Not too difficult a climb at all. Great venue for pictures. Easy walking distance from Old Edinburgh. Many different ways up and down. Good for children too. bring water

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great hike; very steep and fun- amazing views when you reach the top. If you're very lucky, someone else will have lugged a bagpipe up with them and you'll get to hear it while on top of the peak!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is not a walk in the park! It's not a very hard hike, but we were not informed that this would be a hike of any sort. My friend wore shoes with no grip and regretted it as it started raining during our hike up. The trails are also not clearly marked and we ended up taking a very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a great walk.We didn't get to the top though because it was super windy. However the views are spectacular. We are going to attempt the full walk nest time.

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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