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Arthur's Seat

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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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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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a great view of Edinburgh and out to the port

Have walked many times to Arthur's Seat. It's a great walk for the view and a good way to get some exercise in the middle of a city. The traffic and busyness disappear as you wind... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have walked many times to Arthur's Seat. It's a great walk for the view and a good way to get some exercise in the middle of a city. The traffic and busyness disappear as you wind around the crags and clamber up to the top. Quite an energetic walk but well worth it.

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The amazing thing about Edinburgh, is that you walk down the Royal Mile, and the city transitions to the countryside of Holyrood Park in a matter of a few metres, once past Holyrood and the parliament buildings. Holyrood Park is quite large and you can walk for a few hours up there if you fancy a good hike. You also... More 

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If you want to See Edinburgh from up high Athur Seat is the place to be. You can get there from the car car park at Hollyrood House and follow the paths up the paths. I would recommend having walking shoes or sensible shoes on and taking a bottle of water with you on a hot day. Stick to the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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A great place to get away from the City and yet it is right in the middle of the city. Kids can run around, Adults will have good exercise climbing to the top and be rewarded with a spectacular view over the Firth of Forth to the county of Fife and the hills beyond. You will encounter sheep on the... More 

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First, do not start your climb when you get of the Hop On Hop Off Buss at The Dynamic Earth! We made this mistake and started our climb here, only to find out you go back down and have to start the real climb again. Follow Queen's Drive around until you see the steps leading up to Arthur's Seat. Starting... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Climbed Arther seat recently, first time for ages. Just the right level of climb for those wanting some healthy exercise without killing themselves. Lovely views so much history. A great place for visitors and looking coals alike.

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Thank ellenleggate
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Everyone should walk round Arthur's Seat to enjoy breathtaking views of the city. Also visit Holyrood Palace and stroll through the gardens.

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There are lots of paths and views, small lochs with resident swans and great views over the city and surrounding. Adjacent to Holyrood Park and Palace, The Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth and Edinburgh Old Town. The other side of Arthur's Seat from Holyrood is the historic Duddingston Village, with The Sheep Heid Inn. There has been a pub on this... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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The hike up Arthur's seat was absolutely a must do. Breathtaking views (and wind) at the top. It's a great experience and only requires a small amount of physical fitness. It's quite the walk upwards depending on the route you take, but you won't regret taking the trails all the way to the top to look out on the beautiful... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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The walk or hike as I call it is great to clear the mind and the views are absolutely stunning, hard to believe that a small city can hold so much great views from the old to the new town.

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood 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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