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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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For our American visitors this remnant of a volcano started in America and just floated over here, just like the Bass Rock and North Berwick Law. Walk round clockwise. If you feel... read more

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For our American visitors this remnant of a volcano started in America and just floated over here, just like the Bass Rock and North Berwick Law. Walk round clockwise. If you feel fit go round The Radical Road from the Holyrood end. Great views of the Palace and the other building, designed by a Spaniard, sorry about that. Hamish, Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I are avid hikers, and have taken to hiking key peaks (or hills) wherever we go on holiday. So as we planned our weekend getaway to Edinburgh, we made sure to pack our hiking shoes. All the other reviews of Arthur's Seat have plenty of details on how to get there, etc. I will only offer a... More 

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Did this walk Sunday morning. It was a dry crisp frosty morning. The walk was rocky in parts and slippy, so you have been warned. Sturdy walking footwear is recommended. At the top the views of Edinburgh and the firth of forth were superb, which made for the trudge to the summit. Well worth a visit if you're visiting the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

amazing place for a walk and takes you back in time different view every time you go saint margarets loch is great for swans but they can be a little scary when they stand at side of pond

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great scenic walk and once you are up there, it is well worth it. Lots of Edinburgh to see from up high.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth the hike to the top, it took me about 40 minutes, it is fairly steep in places, a good pair of walking shoes are recommended, but when you reach the top, what amazing vies, great place to take photos, such a beautiful location, a visit not to be missed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We saw the most amazing views. Everything was clear and we had beautiful blue skies. Loads of walkers and friendly people. Could do with a small coffee stand half way up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I grew up in Edinburgh but then moved to Melbourne. I recently came back to visit and went up Arthur's Seat. The views are absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth the hike up there! Great for a picnic or to relax with a book. If you have a dog then it would be a great place to take it for a walk.... More 

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Scenic view! Not an easy or a tough walk, but worth it! And it is absolutely amazing. Highly recommended

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Nothing more to say than you have to see the view from the top. I made it up and am seriously unfit so suitable for most

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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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