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Arthur's Seat

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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 7443 658890
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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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Not an easy hike but well worth the view.

For someone who is relatively out of shape, this was a challenging hike. Be sure to research the paths before choosing which to take. We took the "red route" which is described as... read more

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Chardon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For someone who is relatively out of shape, this was a challenging hike. Be sure to research the paths before choosing which to take. We took the "red route" which is described as moderately difficult and takes about two hours and brings you to the summit of Arthur's Seat. The path gradually becomes steeper as you go on and I... More 

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It is a lovely, safe path uphill. Almost from the beginning a fantastic view of Edinburgh is given. On that day I visoted Arthur's Seat it was incredibly windy, I had to watch out to not be blown away. A great experience. Absolutely a trip worth!

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Wear walking boots, warm clothes and make sure you can be hands free if you choose to ascend the steeper, stepped route - be prepared to go hands and knees at times, not elegant but safer unless you are a mountain goat! We descended the easier hard standing path. Go early and enjoy the fabulous views and exhilarating breeze in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife was of Scot ancestry and this was her first visit to Scotland. Beautiful city and a fantastic view from Arthur's Seat. We were up there admiring the 360 degree panoramic view when suddenly an old man and a boy scurried down the hill. We didn't pay much attention until we felt the rain drops falling. We looked up... More 

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Went up with my family and it is so relaxing, we had a fab time and burned some energy off the kids!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not too difficult of a hike. It does get fairly steep and rocky at some parts. The views of the city are well worth the hike. It was very windy at the top when we went so I would suggest a jacket and definitely bring your camera!

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Nice hike up the hill, some of the parts are muddy and slippery so have appropriate foot wear. When you get to the top three views are spectacular. It is very windy however

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One needs to be really fit to climb up the Arthur Seat. Once you are there you can sit back and relax and enjoy the view. I enjoyed sitting there doing nothing but soaking in the beauty and fresh air.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful views of the city but also quite touristy. Had to take many breaks to let people pass on the way up or down. It is a great family activity.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked Arthur's Seat on Sunday morning. It wasn't too strenuous but would recommend sturdy walking footwear. It took about 1hr to reach top and was well worth it. The views were simply fabulous. It surprised me how vast an area Arthur's Seat was. An enjoyable experience plus bonus is car parking free at the weekend.

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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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