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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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“great hike” (313 reviews)
“worth the climb” (574 reviews)
“salisbury crags” (223 reviews)
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Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
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"great hike"
in 313 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 574 reviews
"salisbury crags"
in 223 reviews
"well worth the effort"
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"holyrood park"
in 421 reviews
"extinct volcano"
in 194 reviews
"sunny day"
in 388 reviews
"walking shoes"
in 166 reviews
"views are amazing"
in 158 reviews
"walk up"
in 220 reviews
"nice walk"
in 250 reviews
"take your time"
in 177 reviews
"scottish parliament"
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"city centre"
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"visiting edinburgh"
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"calton hill"
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"royal mile"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I woke up early to catch the early morning sunny sky’s. It was cold and windy but invigorating. The climb was a little rugged at the top but less challenging than I expected from reviews. I liked going early as there were very few people...More

Thank Dianne A
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Reviewed 2 days ago

definitely a must do while in Edinburgh! amazing views of the city. depending on the weather it can be windy and muddy so be prepared to dress appropriately

Thank brittanynicklaus
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Awesome views - we had a great day ! Weather was definitely on our side.. we came down the back side - so little bit of a walk back

Thank Tgilligan
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I had read to give yourself about 2 hours for Arthur’s seat.. we took about 4 hours. Admittedly I am not in the best shape, I am active though, it took us longer to climb than we expected, it was also steeper than I expected....More

1  Thank Nikki B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I had no idea what this was until we arrived. Spontaneous trip wearing vans and the thickest of jackets. Not ideal. I felt like giving up as soon as I seen it but decided to go with it and I’m super glad I did. I...More

Thank NicoleTravel26
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Walked up to Arthur’s Seat, took plenty of rest stops. Path a bit steep in a few places and the last few metres were very steep.

Thank Sheila H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you have the energy and a beautiful day then the first thing you should do is head straight up Arthur's Seat. It can get a bit muddy and may then be slippy, but it's do able in trainers or wellies. Manageable in less than...More

1  Thank EmmaRyden
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Make sure you pick a fine day to make the most of the fabulous views all round. I ended up going the easier route and took it steady. Probably took around two hours or so but didn't notice the time.

Thank Sandra P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Arthur's seat is a volcanic based hill right next to the city centre of Edinburgh. There are several legends about its past and it is beautiful to hike up and watch the city and the sunset from above.

Thank PixieOfAces
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The path was muddy and hard to take but we had a lot of laugh trying to get to the summit! And once you're up there, you can forget the difficulty of the road, you have a 360° view on Edinburgh and on the sea!...More

Thank Mathilde C
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Morag N
24 January 2018|
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Response from 31102read | Reviewed this property |
Hi yes it’s open 24/7 to public but I’d recommend not going in bad weather
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Duncan C
1 January 2018|
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Response from Barbara C | Reviewed this property |
Arthur's seat is a viewing point on top of the hill. There are no eating facilities or restrooms at the top. Just fantastic views.
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大 方
6 November 2017|
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Response from EiDuck | Reviewed this property |
Go to the royal mile, and walk towards the Parliament away from the castle. Then you are there , it should be a 30-40 min walk.
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