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Arthur's Seat

Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
+44 131 510 7555
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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“great hike” (324 reviews)
“worth the climb” (583 reviews)
“salisbury crags” (224 reviews)
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Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
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+44 131 510 7555
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"great hike"
in 324 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 583 reviews
"salisbury crags"
in 224 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 359 reviews
"holyrood park"
in 427 reviews
"extinct volcano"
in 201 reviews
"sunny day"
in 389 reviews
"walking shoes"
in 169 reviews
"views are amazing"
in 164 reviews
"walk up"
in 230 reviews
"nice walk"
in 259 reviews
"take your time"
in 181 reviews
"scottish parliament"
in 164 reviews
"city centre"
in 253 reviews
"visiting edinburgh"
in 221 reviews
"calton hill"
in 144 reviews
"royal mile"
in 379 reviews
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Reviewed today

If I had more time, I would have hiked around here twice. The view is stunning. I was lucky enough to get a bit of sun when I reached the top. Super windy, though, so bring a hat and wear shoes with a decent tread.

Thank sgorr2
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Reviewed today via mobile

A bracing early morning climb up Arthur’s Seat set us up for a hearty breakfast after celebrating at the top with bubbles - decadent- definitely 👍

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Reviewed today

Our server at a cafe recommended this as a great walk and view of the sunset over old town. She neglected to mention the climb, but it was fabulous! Not knowing Edinburgh, I had no idea there were cliffs and plateaus like this right in...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

We loved it. It was so much fun to climb all the way up into Arthurs seat. Nearby hills was just extra to have a hikingday in a perfect sunny weather. Be sure to bring some water and good shoes. No flipflops as we saw...More

Thank Lurulaa
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

DO NOT Skip this hike. It is the most beautiful activity you can do in Edinburgh! Also be sure to checkout the Sheep Heid Inn on the other side after your hike- so good!!

Thank BrandiPSUnoel
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Reviewed yesterday

I didnt research this before doing the walk, and should have as its very poorly signed, and you sort of need to guess which path to take if you dont know where you are going. There is an easier route on the left of the...More

1  Thank Kelpie48
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Reviewed yesterday

We took a hike up Arthur's Seat with our 2 children (ages 4 years and 7 months). It was a steep hike up to the top, but the great views of the city were worth it. There are steep drop offs, so be careful with...More

Thank HeatherE77
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Suitable footwear needed to climb here. Well worth the effort to see spectacular views of the city, the castle, the Scottish Parliament, Hollyroodhouse Palace. We even saw a bird of prey and a pheasant!

Thank Nikki D
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You know how tourists always say they want to see as much of Edinburgh as they can in only a few days. Well if you really want to do that then I recommend Arthur’s seat. You can see the whole of Edinburgh from up there...More

Thank Macbadger05
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived on the train about 7AM in Edinburgh. Dropped our luggage at the hotel and then headed out for breakfast. As we were pondering what to do, we engaged in discussion with the waitress. She made it very clear that this beautiful day should...More

Thank Scott P
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18 March 2018|
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Response from Douglas M | Reviewed this property |
It can be quite steep & it takes an hour to reach the top. I did see some children but it could be too much for a four year old. It is a walking trail so no strollers & I would advise good walking shoes. You can take other... More
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frequenttraveler1347
16 March 2018|
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Response from Laura R | Reviewed this property |
I went there by foot from the house where I was staying in Broughton! I don’t know how far the bus goes but I believe it only takes you to the entrance, and then it’s about 30 minutes walking to the top!
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