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Arthur's Seat

Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland (Holyrood / Scottish Parliament)
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Ranked #1 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Mountains, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

A definite work out but the views are spectacular. A 360 degree view achieved by walking up a hill is not something you will find very often in Capital cities so worth taking advantage of it. If you are on holiday helps to burn those extra indulgences... haggis anyone?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a visit to the lone traveler, groups and families. getting to the very top may prove difficult to those who don't like heights and can't navigate rockery.

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Clevedon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Made the climb late morning, clear skies so was perfect. Well worth it for panoramic views in all directions. At this time of year suitable footwear would be advised as the frost makes the pathway up a bit slippy. A must do when visiting Edinburgh.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

For a 360º panorama of Edinburgh, Leith and outer reaching views to the north, south, east & west, it's well worth making the effort to walk up one of the paths leading to Arthur's Seat. On a clear day with 'Sunshine on Leith' the views out to sea are good too. For a less strenuous walk and views of Edinburgh,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Well worth the effort to climb to the 'summit'!. Lovely views and a great outlook on a really pretty city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

For many years I have been using Arthur's seat for running, walking taking the guide dogs up and around the land. Where else in Britain in the centre of the city is there a dormant volcano? At the top the views are stunning, two lochs with swans and other wildlife to see and it's such a tranquil place at any... More 

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Westminster, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

And it's all within a few minutes of downtown Ediburgh. You may nor may not have great views from the top as it can occasionally be foggy, but well worth the walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

My husband and I climbed up Arthur's Seat this past spring when we were in town for a long weekend. The climb was taxing for me, I have some asthma issues, but it was absolutely gorgeous at the top. The peak offers great panoramic views of the Midlothian hills. Hikers be forewarned, winds at the top are no joke. Be... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Probably the best place to take amazing photos of Edinburgh. Do dress appropriately when heading up there, as it's incredibly windy on top!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I take my dogs here regularly. Lovely walks up to the top where you get some amazing panoramic views of edinburgh.

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