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Arthur's Seat

Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
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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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Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
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Reviewed yesterday

One minute you're at Holyrood and Parliament - and the next minute you might as well be back in the 12th Century, far from modern life (expect for the occasional mountain biker). A great way to recharge and refresh. Allow at least 3 hours to...More

Thank S B
Reviewed yesterday

The friends we were with wanted to walk up here and being much younger and fitter than us, we let them while we stayed on Princes Street! They told us it was amazing. Definitely not for the faint hearted but well worth the climb.

Thank Margaret D
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great views of Edinburgh and the surrounding area from the summit. Don't except a slight slop, there are very steep parts close to the summit; although this does depend upon which route is taken.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed yesterday

Historic site with opportunities to see gorse, grouse, crags and get some exercise in the fresh Scottish air.

Thank Irwi
Reviewed yesterday

Even though the castle is a main part of Edinburghs skyline, so is Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags. Initially one of the 7 hills of Edinburgh. Great views all year round. A little bit of scrambling for the last few feet of the summit. Be...More

Thank Claire M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took the dog (halfway) up Arthur's seat. Amazing views and luckily we had the weather for it, the loch was beautiful too so tranquil. My partner walked all the way and said how great the views were, I just took his word for it. A...More

Thank Torilouiseclare
Reviewed yesterday

Take the main route otherwise you will climb up and go around the other side and face a steep set of rock stairs besides taking a long time. The views from the top are fantastic; you see the ocean and the entire city beneath you....More

Thank Terrance1953
Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful place for a picnic in fine weather with Duddingston Loch at the S.E. end and another smaller body of water at the Portobello end. Favorite place for a-courtin' your lass -or significant other- fearing many "beildit" (sheltered) hollows out of the wind. Great views...More

Thank reverpacific
Reviewed yesterday

Arthur's Seat truly deserves it's #1 spot for attractions in Edinburgh. The views up there were truly stunning and I enjoyed how it changes every time the path up the hill took a turn. I saw the city, its main attractions and even the sea...More

Thank Zachary_KMH
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful place to have an overview over edinburgh. It is only a short walk up to the peak. unfortunately a lot of tourists up there. I had to queue to walk up.

Thank Karin F
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
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Do I need to pay to go to Arthur Seat? And how long it takes to go to the top? Thank you 😊
9 June 2017|
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Response from Mikehark527 | Reviewed this property |
There's no fee - it is just the opening of the trail right off the street. We never made it to the top, but it looks like it would take about an hour to get there on the route we took.
Ajeeta S
we have a 2 year old baby. Can we go to the hill with a stroller or is it not advisable to go up with a baby.
25 May 2017|
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Response from Brian R | Reviewed this property |
It would be a bit foolhardy
Is the walk up doable for an 8 & 9 year old?
12 April 2017|
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Response from Lainie G | Reviewed this property |
yes as long as they enjoy climbing and obviously takes little longer my grandson of 7 goes often with family enjoy and admire the views.