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Arthur's Seat

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Southside & Holyrood
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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, 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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I'm not sporty, but it was not hard to climb. It seems that it have a way to go in a car, but the taxi we took said no. Better to go with time enough to climb and see the sunshine

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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I'm not sporty, but it was not hard to climb. It seems that it have a way to go in a car, but the taxi we took said no. Better to go with time enough to climb and see the sunshine

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London, United Kingdom
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If you visit Edinburgh then you have to climb this beautiful range. Not so easy if you are not fit, but certainly not something only athletes can do. And is so worth the effort. You get the most amazing views of the amazing city. I have been to several beautiful places on my travels, but not many have given me... More 

Thank Janete M
Sandviken, Sweden
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A perfect place for a half day walk. Dont go if the weather is too windy and rainy. Some places steep and tricky climb - UNLESS you read the map and plan your climb in a good way. Some of the footpaths are really easy and accessible, so for a "normal" person it's not difficult at all to make it... More 

Thank Utholmen
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Brilliant views across Edinburgh and the Firth of the Forth. Relatively climb if you take your time on a well trodden path to the trig point. Can be pretty busy up there but you won't see a better view of Edinburgh, worth the effort.

Thank Mr M
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Several ways up, we followed the walk from walkhighlands.co.uk which goes up steep steps and comes back down on a gentler route. Well worth it for the views of Edinburgh and surrounding countryside and we were lucky enough to have a dry day.

Thank Carol M
San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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Incredible views but not worth the walk uphill unless you have very good health condition. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the top but your feet will suffer. Not really suitable for people over 50.

Thank Jose Luis G
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are several paths to the top (which we didn't quite realize when we started off...) but it's easy to tell which way to go. It does get realllllly windy at the top, but the view is worth the slog. And would recommend going down a different way than you came up, just for the change in scenery.

Thank katastrophe1
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The views were spectacular, well worth the trek to the top. Very windy I recommend taking a parka or scarf to keep off the wind

Thank Dulcie E
Helsinki, Finland
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Hiked up to Arthur's Seat and even though the climb was bit rough one, views up there are so amazing that it's definitely worth it. Better to wear good shoes / sneakers and put on some warm clothes too, as it can get quite windy up there and cold too. Took me around 2 hours to get up there and... More 

Thank MetalliaMatkassa
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
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This is an amazing walk if you have the fitness level. The first part is very steep, but the views are well worth it. It takes about an hour to walk up and back

Thank Nicole K

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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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