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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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Hard slog but worth it.

We decided to tackle the walk after some consideration and were delighted that we completed it. Met some lovely local dog walkers who love the place and gave us advise on routes... read more

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Shropshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We decided to tackle the walk after some consideration and were delighted that we completed it. Met some lovely local dog walkers who love the place and gave us advise on routes. We took our time - starting from just opposite the Scottish Parliament and going to the left. There was a good track to follow but a bit of... More 

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a fantastic place full of history with fantasiic views over the city, across the forth into Fifen and down the coast to Cockenzie Power Station. 360 degree view of the area

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's really worth the effort walking all the way up to Arthur's Seat. The climb will give you amazing views of the city at different points, the higher you go,the better the view. Make sure to werar good footwear. At the summit you will get a 360 degrees view of Edinburgh. On the way down, you'll pass St Anthony's Chapel,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Arthur's Seat is a short walk from the end of the Royal Mile. It was a great way to start the morning and well worth the time and effort. There are two ways to get to the top. The trail leading along the ocean side of the hill is not as steep and a wee bit easier to climb. For... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on a wet miserable day and absolutely loved it. The views...oh my. Stunning to say the least. Don't forget to see the ruins while your there. Ancient history at your finger tips.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Slippery and dicey if muddy or windy, but if you have the gumption and energy, it is worth the hike for the vow and the exercise.

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Thank Paula M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Arthur's seat is a great day out idea with the family. the walk isn't too demanding and the view at the top makes it worth the while. only advice is try and pick a good day with regards to the weather so you can makes the most of the views and take a camera!

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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's been a long time since I walked up Arthur's Seat ,my mum was born down in the (Canongate ) Edinburgh so my brother and I went through there every second weekend to our grans, met up with our cousins and left to run wild around the place up the crags, Arthur's seat you name it we did it ,you... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are a few obvious, and straightforward routes up Arthur's Seat but if you're feeling more adventurous you can always just come at it from which ever direction you happen to be facing! The views from the top are incredible and not to be missed!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place to be but take your time and enjoy the views take your time descending as it can be a bit tricky depending on the weather. Holyrood Park is a lovely place to have a picnic.

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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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