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Arthur's Seat

Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland (Holyrood / Scottish Parliament)
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Ranked #1 of 195 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Mountains, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Mountains, Nature & Parks
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, 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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Dublin, Ireland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

What an incredible walk or run, stunning views, lots of wonderful photo opportunities. Gorgeous lakes, filled with swans, birds and ducks. Arthur's seat has wonderful rock formations and is a lovely walk and break away from tartan, kilts and yummy restaurants! You'll really deserve a treat after the climb, suitable for all ages

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Perfect way to get the day started. I do this hike once a week and love it every time! Try going up to watch the sunrise, it's beautiful.

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Killeen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Whew! I didn't think I was going to make the climb to the top, but I'm very glad I pressed on because the view is great. My motivation was that I may never be in Edinburgh again, so why not! We spend a week and a half in Edinburgh in August 2014 and atop of Arthur's Seat at the time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We climbed up Arthur's seat on what could potentially have been the only nice day in January in Scotland! The views from the top were incredible with beautiful blue sky. However it is quite exposed at the top and the wind was freezing - make sure you rug up well! Hardy footwear with decent grip are a must as it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Not many big cities have a 800ft hill almost in the middle of the City, which makes Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh unique! One minute you could be shopping in New Town and the next you could be hiking up Arthur's Seat! Arthur's Seat doesn't seem like an ordinary hill either, it's terrain feels like a mountain with it's rocky crags... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I hiked there myself and see the ocean and the city.. love the beauty of it. there are old buildings/castles on the way and know the roman history in this region.. it's good place to spend your time in Edinburgh, after hike then go back to old town and enjoy your drinks!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

A tough walk but the views are incredible when you get up there. Would recommend wearing suitable footwear as the climb up the cobbly steps is difficult.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Me and my wife went up from the Scottish parliament side, we took the left hand side trail ( left and 1st left trail ) this took about 45 minutes with 3 x 2 minute stops ( both of us 50 + ) if you take this route and can't make the summit there is a great viewpoint 2 thirds... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Not hard to climb. beautiful views. peacefull. It is unreal how much you can escape from the city, the noise, the lights with just 5 minutes walking from the royal mile. Loved it!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

My husband and I are from the States so we were a bit unsure how to best view Arthur's seat. Luckily, a kind young man named Bobby offered to give us a tour for only 5 pounds each. He took us to the top but unfortunately someone had stolen Arthur's seat, however there was a lovely view which perfectly made... More 

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