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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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Fairly easy hike that can be split into 2 sections. Excellent views in all directions, and just around the corner from the Holyrood Palace.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Fairly easy hike that can be split into 2 sections. Excellent views in all directions, and just around the corner from the Holyrood Palace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We were lucky enough to miss the rain in Scotland quite a task, but we got to the top and finished our exploration of Edinburgh's of the day in Holyrood House. It was really tiring to get to the top, but once on the top the views across Edinburgh and beyond makes it worthwhile. You can really feel how your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Walking up Arthur's Seat is perhaps the best thing you may do in Edinburgh. It is a fairly pleasant walk up (depending on the route you choose) that will be rewarded by an epic view over the city and its surroundings given there is no mist. Words can barely describe the view you can enjoy.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

On the first day of our weekend trip we were walking along around London Road and decided to go into the park. We weren't planning on climbing Arthur's Seat but figured we might as well since we were already halfway there. It was a good hike to the top, well accessible for every able bodied person, though a bit of... More 

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Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Don't underestimate the hike to Arthur's Seat! However I highly recommend it especially if it's a clear and sunny day you can enjoy a wonderful view on the city of Edinburgh.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely walk scenic views. .... Make sure you wear appropriate footwear. This is a must when visiting Edinburgh.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great vistas. Be prepared for a serious hike. There seems to be an easier grassier route, but we couldn't find it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The view is amazing. It is very close to the center of Edinburgh and it deserves a panoramic photo from this side of town.

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Jonkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

If you want a great view of Edinburgh then walk up to Arthur's Seat. If you're lucky you can also sniff the pleasant fumes from local whiskey distilleries if the wind is right.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Stunning views of the rolling hills of the Highlands. Definitely recommend a day of hiking up for a view on Arthur's Seat! breathtaking views of wild beauty.

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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > 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.
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