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Arthur's Seat

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland (Holyrood / Scottish Parliament)
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Ranked #3 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Geologic Formations, Mountains
Activities: Walking
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Derby, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

You really shouldnt visit Edinburgh without a walk on Arthurs Seat and the road round is worth a slow ride with lovely view points and plenty of parking space sp even if you are not very mobile you can really experience this, parking half waynup it is not difficult to walk to the top with a good sense of satisfaction

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Unless you are really determined to see what's there, then I wouldn't bother. It's a very long climb, the final stretch is extremely hazardous. If an accident occurred up there it would be a mountain rescue team and possibly helicopter to the rescue!! There are no signs pointing you in the right direction and there are several paths up to... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I like the steep slopes and the variety of routes and lots of grass and real rock, and the views. I don't come often enough to get familiar with the scrambling gullies but I have been up one or two and try to stay off the paths where possible. Not too keen on the top as it's too eroded and... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Hiked to the top of Arthur's Seat. Wonderful view! It is a healthy climb, so if you aren't in good health, you may want to "sit" this one out? We paused periodically to take in the view and catch our breath...well, I needed to.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Great spot burn off some cals, get some great exercise, and fantastic views of city from the top. There is a hard and an easy ascent to the top, so if you are a hiker or want more of a challenge, take the path to the right (past Salisbury Crags) and then up the face of Arthur's. Easy route go... More

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UK
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

What can you say. Aye, its alright. go check it out, you can see all over Edinburgh from up there, what not to love. Takes about 20 minutes to walk up.

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Paris area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We walked up after being dropped off by one of the tour buses at the bottom of the hill. We only went up as far as the cliffs not the Seat itself but even from there the views were simply stunning. When we return to Edinburgh we'll go right up to the top of the Seat (promise!).

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Heard a lot about Arthur's Seat, I have been there today and i believe it is the extreme adventure of Edinburgh however coming down was full of danger, you have to get the right shows and mind your steps! But overall ... The best of Edinburgh so far :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Firstly, wear proper shoes! I was wearing broges for this and I really wished I had brought my trainers :/ It was alright though- had the boyfriend to help me in the steep areas :) Breathtaking view of Edinburgh! Worth the effort :)

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We loved climbing Arthur's seat. The climb wasn't as bad as we thought it would but even if it was the views at the top would have been worth it. I definitely recommend taking the time to make your way to the top!

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