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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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was quite a walk to the top but amazing views across Edingburgh. We were lucky enough to have a really sunny day but regardless was lovely walk.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

was quite a walk to the top but amazing views across Edingburgh. We were lucky enough to have a really sunny day but regardless was lovely walk.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice view from the top, fantastic nature and not too hard to climb the top even if it's a bit steep.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All of Holyrood Park is lovely, but Arthur's Seat is a must do for visitors. On a day with good weather, the hike is enjoyable from start to finish, although the last little bit does require a bit more effort as the path ends. Once you get to the top, you won't want to come down for a good while,... More 

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

You have to love Edinburgh; on a tour of European cities I have been startled at just how good public transport is. This applies to Edinburgh too, but the thing that I love even more is that you don't need it anyway as everything is so close. We stayed centrally in Edinburgh (Hanover St, near Waverley train station), and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hiked up this hill with the mrs. Had good fun, really good views from the top. We kinda got lost though and ended up going a very steep and icey path. Turns out if you climb up from the side opposite the city its 10x easier.

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

Pretty tough near the top but worth it! Thankfully the weather was dry and clear so you get great views of the city and coastline. There are different routes up, easy and hard

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had gorgeous weather for our hike up Arthur's Seat. Lots of other folks were on the paths, too. Fantastic views from the top. Kids had fun and grown ups thought it was beautiful and a lovely hike.

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a great hike up Arthur's Seat one afternoon in Edinburgh. It's a great hike solo or with friends or a group. It's likely you'll meet a great bunch at people at the top, from all parts of the World. I met some guys from the Netherlands who were smart enough to bring some celebratory beers for the top, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very picturesque for regular runners one to tick off the list great early in the morning on a clear day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great walk around and up. Good in any weather. Perhaps be careful if going to the top when windy. Many great days spent here.

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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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