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Arthur's Seat

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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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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 scenic view of Edinburgh!

This is a must for anyone visiting Edinburgh. It is a steady climb up Arthur's Seat but the view from the top is incredible.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Newmarket, Canada

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Newmarket, Canada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must for anyone visiting Edinburgh. It is a steady climb up Arthur's Seat but the view from the top is incredible.

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Bucks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

take water and wear sensible shoes/boots. I have crap peripheral vision so managed to fall over coming down... twit! still worth the cut knee & ripped trousers.

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Thank Jo90Bucks
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Take your walking shoes and have a hike it will be worth it when you get to the top especially on a clear sunny day.

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Thank hippichic87
Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Accessable to all fitness levels and well worth the steep walk as you are rewarded with fantastic views at the top. Not suitable for wheel chair users due to the rough terrain.

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Thank Gayleforce20
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am fortunate to live in Edinburgh and enjoy a Sunday walk in Holyrood Park most weeks. Climb to the top of Arthur Seat for fantastic views but wear sensible shoes it can't be tricky to get up. You don't need to climb to the very top, the road round it called Queen's Drive offers excellent views as well.

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Thank SuzeJe
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Top views, needs a bit of effort so you feel you deserve the vista at the top. I'd recommend coming down into Duddington and stopped for lunch at The Sheep's Heid; great pub with top notch beer and excellent food.

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Thank Bartop4
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is well worth a trek as it's so close to the city and affords great views of the city, sea and mountains. We were amazed by how many people were trying it in their city clothes (heels, nice suede shoes, pashminas...!). It's muddy and steep! Often it is slippy. The walk can be modified to be more or less... More 

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Thank HvarYouTheCaptain
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to draw and paint. Scottish Parliament great contrast to old and new. Natural and Urban. Great views over city.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A bracing climb among the remains of an ancient volcano. Hutton was the father of archeology and it was here that he studied the rock formations that helped to develop his theories.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My girlfriend and I walked up to Arthur's seat in april of last year and it was amazing. It was great to have such a great walk so close to the old town of Edinburgh. It was very windy and we took the scenic route up and around the long way to the seat!

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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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