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Arthur's Seat

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Southside & Holyrood
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Address: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, 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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Relatively quick and easy hike in the city!

Whether you want a longer, more difficult hike or a shorter hike that the entire family can do - I would recommend Arthur's seat. We walked from Haymarket station to the base of... read more

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Dakota K
Munich, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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Whether you want a longer, more difficult hike or a shorter hike that the entire family can do - I would recommend Arthur's seat. We walked from Haymarket station to the base of the hike in about an hour, and were at the top in another hour or so. The view at the top was gorgeous as we had rain... More 

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Lovely park area and space in Edinburgh, great way to start the day!! Interesting area and located close to the city centre! Demands reasonable fitness or a good steady pace, but well worth it for the panoramic view of the city! Not one to be missed!!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Title pretty much says it all. Where comfortable shoes with good traction, a bottle of water, and do it!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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A little bit exercise to walk up to the Arthur's Seat but really enjoyed view from there. I was sitting and relax for an hour on the top and felt really good! I would recommend to go there especially a nice sunny day! 休みの日に登ってみました。頂上まで写真のためにちょこちょこ立ち止まり約45分程度かかりました。エディンバラ市内が一望できすごく綺麗でした!登り道、ゴツゴツしているのでスニーカーで登ることをオススメします。

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Love Arthur's seat. For a walk, run, cycle, snowball fight ... the list goes on. For tourists you have to climb to the top. Stunning views of the city that's a must see.

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Escanaba, Michigan
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If you're in decent physical shape go up the west side (Piper's Path) for some good workout! Great view of Edinburgh at top. No grandiose memorial or anything, just a historical outcropping of rock with white marker. Descent down east side easier, or easier to ascend if you're not in good shape!! No bathroom facilities, so go beforehand or be... More 

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The view from the top of this most famous monument is really exceptional - yes it is a climb but definitely worth the effort - not to be missed on a trip to this most beautiful city.

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Excellent view from the top. Took about one hour. Had just rained so quite slippery, took it slow but would not give up until reached the top. Young children would find this difficult.

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Was a relaxing stroll up to Arthur's Seat. Great view at the top and met some other great people doing just same. It was a little muddy, being January, but it was still a great experience.

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if the sun is shining, the views in every direction are wonderful, and you'll have a much better mental map of the area - even if the elusive Scottish sun is not out, it's still a great little hike - a quick and convenient bit of exercise to burn up some of the holiday calories, and to a very historic... 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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