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Arthur's Seat

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland (Holyrood / Scottish Parliament)
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Ranked #3 of 203 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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Vancouver, Canada
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208 reviews 208 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed hiking to the top of Arthur's Seat but make sure that you have an idea of where you are going. The trails aren't marked at all and often it is confusing of what is a trail and what's not. Be aware that there are two separate "peaks" with one being much lower than the other. The path... More

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

This a great way to get away from the urban hubbub and stretch your legs. The view from the top is breathtaking. Don't expect to be alone, however. It's a very popular destination, for good reason.

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Longridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Brilliant walk up to the top and the views were outstanding! Need to take care walking up loose gravel is some times a little sloppy.

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Great views of Edinburgh. It is a very steep and long climb. Make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

What can you say, it's a big hill in the centre of town. If you get the chance, head up there for sunrise (at this time of year, you can do it on the way home from the pub ;)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

Having travelled from Australia I can't see why there isn't a map? its a little confusing to know what path to walk. I asked the ice cream van man, he was very helpful. I parked in the car park near the palace and paid 1 pound per hour to visit. Once we walked for 40 minutes we found a road... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Hot day, sun blazing, and a last moment decision to climb Arthur's Seat with my son and husband. We started at approx 3 pm and took the "wrong route along the crag face from the parking lot... so climbed and returned to almost ground level before we started our ascent" The climb was steep almost "Cinque Terra" style on rough... More

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St Helier
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

it's is a big climb but it is definitely worth it for the views. We went on a Sunday morning when a fun run was on so there were more people climbing up. Not recommende for the very young or the very old.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I LOVED Arthur's Seat. Plan to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, pack a water bottle and snacks, and start your trek up the 'hill.' While it's not a very long walk, it can be strenuous for those who are not accustomed to physical activity. Just pace yourself, take your time and make sure you pay attention to where you're stepping... More

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Hendersonville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Amazing views from many different hikes in Edinburgh. We had a clear day and it was amazing! Highly recommend spending a few hours and doing different hikes!

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