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Arthur's Seat

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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Activities: Walking
Description: 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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The best view of the city

Once of the best things to do on a visit to Edinburgh. There are a few routes up to the top and it doesn't take long to get there. Is a little bit strenuous but definitely worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Once of the best things to do on a visit to Edinburgh. There are a few routes up to the top and it doesn't take long to get there. Is a little bit strenuous but definitely worth it when you get to the top. A must-do in Edinburgh!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Been up this wee hill many times. It's a great way to blow away the hangover on a Sunday morning. It also has a rather impressive view!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

If you like to walk and climb rocky steps, this is for you. It's a piece of nature inside of Edinburgh, that will allow you to admire the city, and especially the Castle, from above.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The best view you can have in Edinburgh. It totally worth all the effort to go there. Save at least 3 hours to go there and enjoy the view

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

it's a 40mins walking steep roads/steps, it's great to go before sunset!! the best view of Edinburgh and worth all the tiring walk (for exhausted and travellers w lousy stamina :P )

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Takes about an hour (walking casually from bottom to top), and be prepared for some rapid breathing! Take a bottle of water too if it's sunny. You can cheat by driving half way up if you like. Either way, it's a fantastic view up there. Best view of the best City, so make sure you include it on your trip.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Access so easy around Queens Drive (near lake), then reasonable climb to top - a oldish guy was coming down with a walking stick - so go on! have a go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

If you want to have a really good walk, this is one to try. When you get to the top, the views are spectacular, and when you go out and about in Edinburgh, you are conscious how much Arthurs Seat dominates the sky line. There is also an easy way up, as well as several more challenging routes. We did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

choice of easy or harder route means you can tak the high road or the low road for a fabulous panoramic view of the area

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Going to Arthur Seat is a must if you planning come to Edinburgh. Wild nature and fresh air are the key on this visit!!!!!

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Staying in Southside & Holyrood

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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.