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Arthur's Seat

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Southside & Holyrood
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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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+44 7443 658890

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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Spectacular views of Edinburgh

Make sure you pick a clear day as the view will be very limited with low lying clouds or mist. I ended up going up the "difficult" route and it certainly was a good workout but... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Make sure you pick a clear day as the view will be very limited with low lying clouds or mist. I ended up going up the "difficult" route and it certainly was a good workout but as there were people carrying babies in baby slings and women in high-heeled boots, it is not that difficult. I certainly would recommend have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The only reason I have to give this a 4/5 is because my wife, son and I were unable to make it all the way to the top… We had our stroller with us for the walk and figured we would give it a try but the sidewalk path shortly turns into a hiking trail and because of the mud... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Arthur's Seat has a beautiful view of Edinburgh and the Holyrood Palace if you want to go for long walks. I went last summer where it was a nice sunny day but not too cold. I would recommend to do this attraction as it gives you wonderful views of the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Has a lovely walk up to the top - was quite slippy and managed to fall on my bum on the way down. Stunning views reward the walk up and a fantastic 360 degree view of Edinburgh and its surroundings. Well worth the effort!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The way up is quite step and require to be in a rather good shape to really enjoy it but it is really worth it. Once on top, if you are lucky enough and have a cloudless sky, the view on the city and the sea is breathtaking. According to me it is one of the Must do of Edingurgh

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked out from the city centre to Hollyrood Park and had a pleasant walk up most of the hill. However, there were next to no signposts to suggest the best route and it did get a little precarious in places wearing trainers. There were loads of people about and I have no doubt the view would have been beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bring good shoes and a windbreaker jacket and you are all set to explore this lovely park. The views going up were spectacular. Chose a clear day, however, and certainly do not attempt in the rain. All in all it was a lovely excursion

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This walk was much harder then I had anticipated. Luckily I had my walking boots with good grip as the stairs and mud paths do get quite slippery. One of our party wasn't able to finish the trek due to footwear. Pack a snack and a drink with you - trust me you will appreciate it once you reach the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is not a walk for the lazy or those who aren't fit however it is well worth it for the views across to the sea and onto the hills Quite cool up here so wear layers and sensible shoes

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy to get to with parking not too far away. The walk up is lovey but you can choose to drive round the side, perfect if it's raining or you want a shortcut to the top. Take good shoes and be careful. While very safe people have been known to slip and fall. The best thing to do in Edinburgh,... 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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