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Arthur's Seat

Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
0131 510 75 55
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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
0131 510 75 55
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We found the Palace and Holyrood Park and King Arthur's Seat at the east end of the Royal Mile. We hiked up 3/4 of the hill and got rewarded with spectacular views of the City, Colton Hill, the sea and skyline. It was drizzling so...More

Thank PHLee7ca
Reviewed yesterday

So much history, taking a climb up to Arthur's seat is definently worth the time. If you are familiar with the ledgends it makes it more fun. Stunning views of the park and Edinburghs sights.

Thank Ulrika E
Reviewed yesterday

It was so refreshing to get out of the city and into nature. The climb up is long, but so worth it. The views up top are beautiful. I saw some people bring up a blanket with lunch, so if you plan ahead you could...More

Thank itssbritt
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely walk up with stunning views! Lots of little paths around and really easy to find your way up :) would highly recommend :)

Thank Soph M
Reviewed yesterday

Even with my bad runners' knees, I made it to the top slowly, up the stairs. There are at least 3 routes to the top, and I checked them out ahead of time and picked what I thought the easiest. There is a route without...More

Thank traveling-family-o-4
Reviewed yesterday

Basically a good hill walk. If you get a good weather day the views are fantastic. Read up on the history before hand and you will appreciate the significance.

Thank m c
Reviewed 2 days ago

A showery overcast day but we made it to the top. Wonderful views, wonderful fun. The route we took was a bit treacherous in spots due to slippery rocks but not too strenuous. Took us about 2 hrs. roundtrip. Just make sure you make good...More

Thank Nancy0657
Reviewed 2 days ago

While visiting Edinburgh please take the time to do this breathtaking hike to Arthurs Seat. The elevation gain is less then 900 feet and can be accomplished by anyone with a reasonable fitness level. I hiked it with my Mom (shes 62 and does not...More

Thank Trina110
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took the blue route up and the red down. It's a medium trail up and tough trail down. The views are spectacular. Dress in layers. It gets windy at the top.

Thank Mariza F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great walk. Lots of people doing it so you can set your own pace. Once there you can see all over the city of Edinburgh. Easy to find just look for the big hill and start walking

Thank currycook
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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Ong T
11 September 2017|
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Response from eucsgmrc | Reviewed this property |
No, it's free. Unobstructed access from all directions.
31 August 2017|
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Response from kathrynandryan | Reviewed this property |
There isn't anything like that. I said to my partner that they should have somewhere to leave bags, if required. I'd suggest taking appropriate bags, like rucksacks as there's noone at all to ask etc
29 August 2017|
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Response from Kara S | Reviewed this property |
A bus can take you to the trailhead, but you'll have to hike to the top.