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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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My friend and I saw it on a good day and decided to walk over there. But instead of walking all the way to the top, we took a gentler climb on the edges of Arthurs Seat and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My friend and I saw it on a good day and decided to walk over there. But instead of walking all the way to the top, we took a gentler climb on the edges of Arthurs Seat and figured that's a way better idea (cause things are just gonna get smaller as you climb) because the weather in Edinburgh is... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

From the top and all the way up you can appreciate the incredible views of Edinburgh and surroundings. Quite a hike and great to watch the sunset.

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Temple, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Went to see Military Tattoo. Loved it. Also, Really enjoyed the next night sitting in park below Castle and listening. Also took a ghost tour bus-Loved it. guide on bus was the best storyteller.

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Lanark, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

There are so many reasons to visit Holyrood Park, such as climb Arthur's Seat, visit the Scottish Parliament or Holyroodhouse. There is excellent walking, running or cycling to be had. The road is 3+ miles round, challenging in places. There are numerous photo opportunities.

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Grenoble, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Go there to see the sunrise. Unforgettable. But also get some hiking shoes (could be useful!) beautiful view on Edinburg and the ocean!

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you're Edinburgh, you have to climb the seat. You get an unrivalled view of the city for free (the castle also offers a good view, but at a hefty cost) and the immediate scenery is fantastic as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Fabulous way to pass the time on a sunny day, Lovely climb with rewarding views all the way to the top, Trainers are essential!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

The area is accessible by public transport and gives breath taking views of the city. It is not too difficult to walk up with decent dirty pats

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This will be a physical challenge. Quite tiring but the view is nice, you can see most of Edinburgh there (maybe whole Edinburgh?) Please wear comfortable shoes :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A bit of a challenging climb but the resulting views are spectacular!!!!! This is fun for the entire family!

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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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