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Arthur's Seat

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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Phone Number: 07443658890
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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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Highlands in the City

Arthurs Seat is what makes Edinbugh unique. 15 minutes walk from town and you are in the middle of the Highlands...or so it feels. a wonderful place to walk, run, meditate, study... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Haugesund, Norway
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Haugesund, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Arthurs Seat is what makes Edinbugh unique. 15 minutes walk from town and you are in the middle of the Highlands...or so it feels. a wonderful place to walk, run, meditate, study geology, history, and recharge your batteries. It is so beautiful!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I wanted to climb Arthur's seat for ages now. I've finally done it! It was not an easy climb since I didn't follow the trail usually used by tourist and picked one that has been roughly made with the passing of joggers and co. I thought my cardio was good but nope ;) Reaching the top was a great success... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Right on the edge of town, this hill beckons during most other touristy escapades. Once there it turns out to be a well-marked, heavily trafficked, leisurely stroll to a magnificent viewpoint. Various paths cut into the grass tell you folks have found many ways to get up and down, but if a steady slope is your preference it's certainly there.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great hike. Great views. Went on a cold day, but it wasn't too bad. Multiple ways up, some are easier than others.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walking to Arthur's seat is not for the unfit as it is quite a challenging walk, both up and down. The views from the top are well worth the effort, just make sure that you have good walking shoes/boots on and carry water with you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you like a place for a good walk and you also like to get panoramic view of Edinburgh city, Arthur's Seat is the best place (and, in my view, second to none in Edinburgh). It may take an hour to walk from the bottom of the hill up to the top, but you will be rewarded by the excellent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best view of the beautiful city, Long walk however there is different routes to help all abilities. If coming up bring a jacket can get very cold/windy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It only takes around 30-45 minutes (depending how fit you are!) to get to the top and boy is it worth it. Heartily recommend it for a splendid view of miles around

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

On a glorious Sunday in September it took us a couple of hours to go up and down the mountain and spend a bit of time taking in the views. It would be much quicker from the Edinburgh University side.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth the ten minute walk from the city to the ancient site of Arthurs seat. You will be met with super panoramic views of the city and beyond.

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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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