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Arthur's Seat

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland (Holyrood / Scottish Parliament)
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Ranked #3 of 204 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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

If you fancy a little exercise on your vacation and want a fantastic view over Edinburgh this is the place to visit. I climbed the seat from the front i.e. the steep hill instead of the longer road. It was hard work and the path is not in perfect condition. Be sure to wear practical footwear with a good grip.... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Love this spot whenever I visit this beautiful city it's the 1st thing to do Never fails to make me smile

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Bith time I've been to Edinburgh, I have been extremely lucky to have sunshine which gave me more motivation to walk up the hills. Last time I went up to Arthur's seat, which actually looks a lot further than it really is (25min if you can walk up steadily and find the shortest way). It is a very pleasant walk/hike... More

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Watertown, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Great small hikes to get you to the top of Arthur's Seat. Easier and more defined paths for the families and some more challenging ones for those who want to get off the standard. Need a couple of hours and a good set of shoes to get to the top but an unbeatable view of Edinburgh and the harbor.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Great walk up the old seat and even greater views on a clear day, and think how wonderful you feel afterwards - or maybe not.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The hike is amazing. A must do for anyone visiting Edinburgh for the first time. You can see the whole city.

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Kamloops, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Because it stays light out so long, in the summer, it is a great place to hike up and view the sunset!!

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Southport
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Great views over Edinburgh and beyond. Amazing to get into a wild place while still in the city. The climb was fairly easy. It looks as if it will be harder when you look up to it from below.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The walk is a bit strenuous , however it is through lovely sloping hills and grass. One gets excellent views throughout as well on top. It is no big deal for fit adults , however for children it does become tiring ....good walking shoes required.

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I hopped off the bus at Our Dynamic Earth and then walked along Radical Rd, which was mostly uphill. I got to the bottom of the very steep stairs, climbed some and gave up. I wish there had been an information board with a map etc. at the points people enter the park and signs with distances along the way... More

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