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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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  • 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 yesterday

Brilliant way to see the city and blow the cobwebs away. Worth getting up early and going for an early morning stroll on a lovely day before the crowds descend

Thank JoStansbridge
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Reviewed yesterday

This impressive hill stands in a public park at the end of the Royal Mile. The park was very busy the day we were there and you could see the "Matchstick Men" of those brave and fit enough to climb it's summit.

Thank PatOMH
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Reviewed yesterday

Short trip up in the car and you get to a wild and beautiful place. You can almost see William Wallace riding through the hills! If you are less mobile you can park at the summit and view from your seat!

Thank jackieallan2009
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We decided to do the walk up to the top of arthurs seat in the evening... it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and the view at the top is spectacular. I would definitely recommend this if you are visiting edingburgh

Thank vicky1983_12
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Reviewed yesterday

If you thought the Royal mile was steep be prepared for a hike, I would make it a day trip, as you need a few breaks unless the gate is open and you can cheat with a car but in all seriousness the walk is...More

Thank T0mRand
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Reviewed yesterday

The climb starts from the car park at holyrood. It's quite steep all the way up, and a reasonable level of fitness is needed. Good sturdy shoes are also a must. The track is a bit rough and rocky, but if you take your time...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We seemed to manage to add the Salisbury crag to our walk up to Arthur’s seat. Very windy but breathtaking views. Not overly hard walking. We came down the easier less gusty side. Panoramic. Would do again on lest gust day ( if Edinburgh has...More

1  Thank Gcazkb
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Get up there early in the morning to get the view all to yourself. I have run up here many times, in rain, in mist, even in brilliant sunshine. Steep climb, but the view is incredible and you see something new every time.

Thank Max B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Second time I've been up when visiting Edinburgh, not too strenuous if moderately fit. Beautiful views all the way up. Recommend a trip up!

Thank MrTimPowell
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Only an hours walk out of the city, an incredible view point at the summit and not a hard walk to achieve at all.

Thank Zach C
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XYZ_2009
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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