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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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Worth the sweat!

Whew, this was quite the climb...I'm not in terrible shape but also not an athlete by any means, but this was challenging on the knees. Quite steep in some spots and a little... read more

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whew, this was quite the climb...I'm not in terrible shape but also not an athlete by any means, but this was challenging on the knees. Quite steep in some spots and a little treacherous but that was mostly due to what seemed like an unusually large number of people visiting at once. That said, it was well worth it when... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Steady climb for the average person and a little more difficult as quite slippy with smooth and some broken rocks at the summit. However the 360 view of Edinburgh and the coast is well worth it, and on a sunny day breathtaking scenery. Make sure you wear decent walking shoes/trainers heels may be hazardous.

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Few towns can boast a hill and parkland as majestic as Holyrood Park and the hill Arthur Seat that it contains. A number of different walking routes and options are available but I would encourage all to at least attempt to get to the summit. This should be within the capability of the average fit person and is well worth... More 

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Thank James M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Its a long walk to the top but the views are well worth the effort. Only done this on a warm dry day and taken a picnic. It can be a great day out. There is a duck pond half way up loved by our children

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great views of the city even from only half way up, be sure to take binoculars with you and water. Wear a good pair of shoes.

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Thank Jimbo L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you rate it being a hill... then rate it for being a hill. It's a dam fine hill. Love the hill for being a hill and please stop moaning about it being cold.. its outdoors guys.. it also doesn't have toilets because.. it's a hill.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great views. Perhaps half an hour to go up, it's a little steep in places but not too difficult. Most of the way has rocky steps. It was very windy when we hiked up here so felt very fresh. Would recommend this for the views and the sense of accomplishment!

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is well worth the climb. Reviews we had read told us it would take 2-2.5 hours however it took 27 minutes up and a lot less to come down! Parts of the climb are steep and tricky but for the most part is is easy enough. The view from the top is stunning which makes it worth While!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

All paths to the top are well worn and are a mixture of mud, gravel and rock. Steps have been made or are cut into rock in places. There are shear drops if you go looking for them, they are not fenced off or marked, but if you stick to the paths you will be OK. Fantastic views from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A wee bit of climbing but you could spend days here and not discover all of its wonders! I climb or clamber up regularly and still find nice wee nooks that I've never seen. I recommend the crags and, of course, the summit but if you get the chance, visit the north end of the slope for lovely views over... More 

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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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