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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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Lovely walk & fantastic views

A gorgeous walk to get some fantastic views over Edinburgh. Not a bad walk at all - some pretty steep bits, with scrambling over rocks at the end, so you need at least some... read more

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Kent, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A gorgeous walk to get some fantastic views over Edinburgh. Not a bad walk at all - some pretty steep bits, with scrambling over rocks at the end, so you need at least some fitness, but I saw people of all ages climbing, and you can take it at your own pace! Took me less than an hour to get... More 

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Newry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

real sense of history here.dont think arthur would av sat here too long with the cold tho lol..but worth a visit

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a climb not for the faint hearted but well worth it fantastic view of Edinburgh best part of our trip it's a must do

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a surprise this place is, looking for some new furniture for my bedsit googled seats in edinburgh and ended up walking round a large hill for the day. Still none the wiser were the shop actually is as i still need a seat. swans were nice but why put a shop in such an odd place?

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Tolland, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fairly strenuous hike to the top but it is definitely worth it for the 360 degree views. We wore hiking shoes, brought water and jackets (can be windy on top).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to Edinburgh loads of times but it was always boozing so have never he thought chance to do this before. Always wanted to climb this and now I got the chance thanks to my lovely wife taking me and my 2 young children for a surprise trip for my birthday. It took us 45 minutes from bottom to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Windy muddy and crowded but I loved it despite getting very muddy when I slipped in the mud. Well worth doing but to do it from the bottom you have to be fit!! No worries though because you can take a drive or bus to drop offs along the way.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

How absolutely charming, to climb the paths lined by tourists and locals alike, friendly and calling "hello". Take in the rugged beauty of this old hill, and to see the whole of Edinburgh unveiled before you.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One thing I have to mention first is a 360 degree wonderful view. Wherever you look, you'll enjoy the sight. And that unforgetable heart shaped lake is awesome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a challenging and exciting walk up so make sure you are well dressed and wearing proper foot wear!The view at the top is breath taking and well worth the effort! Still manageable for people who are not super fit as you can go at your own leisurely pace.... I saw young children climbing it so anyone can give it... More 

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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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