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Arthur's Seat

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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, 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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The views were spectacular, well worth the trek to the top. Very windy I recommend taking a parka or scarf to keep off the wind

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The views were spectacular, well worth the trek to the top. Very windy I recommend taking a parka or scarf to keep off the wind

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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hiked up to Arthur's Seat and even though the climb was bit rough one, views up there are so amazing that it's definitely worth it. Better to wear good shoes / sneakers and put on some warm clothes too, as it can get quite windy up there and cold too. Took me around 2 hours to get up there and... More 

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an amazing walk if you have the fitness level. The first part is very steep, but the views are well worth it. It takes about an hour to walk up and back

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The view you get at the top is worth every step of the climb. Be careful on the path with the small little rocks/sand - can be a little slippery on the way down.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I don't know why everyone is moaning that this climb to the top is difficult - you can go up about a million steps if you want and that's the "hard" way, but there's a much easier way to get up to the top. Let me explain... Start your accent from Dunsapie Loch - there's a car park pretty near.... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Firstly, this is a FREE activity. You don't get too many of them around these days so if you are short on cash then definitely pencil in about 2-3 hours for this one. It takes an average walker about 1 hour to "climb" this hill. There is a path the whole way up and as long as you are wearing... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Need a lot of time and energy but if not still a must to see what you can, walking around, as much as possible. Blew us away, right in Edinburgh - had no idea what to expect, would be truly amazing at the top

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Thank Karen M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To the north the view is only slightly better than from my flat in in Abbeyhill I am selling. But to see all round - even on a cloudy day is great. On a clear day one can see forever from this hill. Check out the brass information plate that points to all the mountains. Once I have moved I... More 

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The walk top to Arthur's Seat is a pleasant walk that leads to great views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

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It really is worth climbing. Quite hard to get up there but the view pays off. Only short walk from the city centre

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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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