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Arthur's Seat

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Neighborhood: Holyrood / Scottish Parliament
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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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it's worth the hike

many routes to the top but pick one. it is totally worth it. try for a dry day - the route can be slippery

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

many routes to the top but pick one. it is totally worth it. try for a dry day - the route can be slippery

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We didnt think we wanted to do Arthur's seat but after we missed the last tour of the Palace, we thought why not since they are so close to each other. I would rank the climb as moderate. The three of us climbed the path in business-like shoes and had no problems. If there is one thing you absolutely must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Scenery was beautiful and was worth the walk/hike. It was about about a 3 hour round trip from the royal mile and we took it pretty easy. 360 degree views of the city were amazing and will not disappoint

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A way to escape the business of a city AND staying in the centre of the city. So a pretty unique and special place in Scotland's capital. I take my dog there every day and we can go up different routes and see wonderful views over the city. You can walk around it if you don't want to climb up.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

From the Scottish Parliament, it's a decent hour's walk or so to the top, but very much worth it. Great views over the city and surrounding area. We had a good day for it, although the summit was packed with some obnoxious students from an international school or something.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

So many people there! Love it. Love the view! Love that my heart was racing and I had to stop 10 times and enjoy the view

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Arthur Seat, should have more sign posts with information about the history associated with Arthur Seat, For example our 4 Quaker Women protested when the free church received money from slave holders in America, along with Fredrick Douglas they climbed up Arthur seat and carved out the following 'SEND BACK THE MONEY' this was their protest message, there should be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

For a short break and some fresh air, I recommend to do a little hike up the hill. It's surprisingly close to the city, only a couple of minutes walk from the city center. If you are an experienced hiker, it will cause you no problems to walk up there, though we met also some people that had to make... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

View is excellent but did not have time to climb to the top. The mountain/hill side was covered with bright yellow flowers and had a majestic look. The sun was shining so the entire view from National Monument at Calton Hill was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Arthur Seat is in the centre of Holyrood Park . The summit is about 250 m or 1500 ft high and provides you with some of the best views over the city and the River Forth. There are a number of ways to the top , we set off from in front of Holyrood Palace , it is a steep... More 

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