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Arthur's Seat

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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Activities: Walking
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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Fantastic view

The walk up to the top is quite steep in places but well worth the effort. The view over Edinburgh and across the Forth is spectacular. Best to choose a clear sunny day.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The walk up to the top is quite steep in places but well worth the effort. The view over Edinburgh and across the Forth is spectacular. Best to choose a clear sunny day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The park is suitable for everyone ,access is easy via car or bus.The are many parhways up,over and round Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags.The views are amazing .On a clear day you can see Fife, Scottish Borders ,Pentland Hills and Edinburgh if you park at the carpark near the palace and follow the road right round .It's about a 1... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

It took us 30 min to walk from the Holyrood House parking lot to the peak of Arthur's seat, using the main trail (Dry Dam, I think). After spending a few minutes at the top, and taking a different, longer route back down, we spent probably 1.5 hours on this walk. It was so lovely, with gorse in full bloom,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We walked from the parliament building to the top taking the path rather than the steps. It took about 45 minutes, and you can see for miles at the top. It was great until it started raining, which also makes the rocks very slippy (we were wearing trainers) making the route down from the very rocky top part a challenge!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We were in between rain storms - one with hail, but the weather stayed perfect for us and the views are amazing. Take your time and enjoy the space and 360 views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Wonderful views, once you manage to clamber up to the top. In our case a stiff wind to get through, but a lovely opportunity to stretch our legs after a long journey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

A completely natural setting, yet so close to a major city. Fantastic views all around yet s nice just to enjoy a lay out in the sun or a picnic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Took the bus from the city centre to Arthur seat. Good walk to the summit, would recommend good walking boots as the climb up is steep. Excellent views from the top. A great way to walk off the full Scottish breakfast

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had an evening to kill so ventured up here before the sun started to set. Was amazed at the views of the city and the mountains. Worth a visit but best on a sunny day day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We were lucky - a beautiful sunny day in late afternoon is a superb time to combine the inspirational views with the virtue of a good climb. The kids enjoyed the walk too, using the 'summit route' signed from the base near the parliament building, and there was a great atmosphere at the top. Views were superb - was that... More 

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Staying in Southside & Holyrood

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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.