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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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It's a tough climb and could be really windy but it's definitely worth it once you get to the top! It can get very steep and takes about 30 min to an hour to get all the way up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

It's a tough climb and could be really windy but it's definitely worth it once you get to the top! It can get very steep and takes about 30 min to an hour to get all the way up to Arthur's Seat but if you think you are capable then I totally recommend it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I actually wasn't planning on walking up Arthur's Seat but it was a nice suprise. I was walking down towards the palace and saw people hiking and thought it would be fun. You get a great view of the city. However I would not recommend this if you have little kids with you or if you are not really steady... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed it once we reached the top. However, we had asked a taxi driver to please take us to a half-way point to start up the hill as we were doing this before going to the airport. He took us to a spot which looked like the North face of Mt Everest. It was almost straight up and as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

While it is a bit of a steep hike, it is well worth the hour walk up the ancient volcano for views of Edinburgh! You can see the entire city and many of its famous attractions from the top. Best when it's sunny and not windy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Great easy hike with beautiful views of the city. Can get pretty crowded at the top with tourists. Just wandering or jogging through Holyrood Park is a nice experience on a sunny day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Climbing to the top is totally worth it. The view is breathtaking and the wind is exhilarating. Takes about an hour to reach the top, but in general bring an umbrella along in Edinburgh as the weather is rather unpredictable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Definitely a place to visit! In the middle it might feel that it's already enough, but reaching the top is totally worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I never miss a chance to climb up Arthur's seat when in Edinburgh! For an easier walk I suggest to go up from the back side.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We had a flying visit to this lovely city as we had come to my edinburgh for my cousins wedding. I was told not to miss Arthur's seat and I am glad we didn't. We walked from princess street to holyrood house and up Arthur's seat in just over an hour - which was pretty good going! I would recommend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Arthur's seat is a big climb but the end is so rewarding with views of the whole city all the way down to Leith and beyond.

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Address: Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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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.