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Arthur's Seat

Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
+44 131 510 7555
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“great hike” (324 reviews)
“worth the climb” (583 reviews)
“salisbury crags” (224 reviews)
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Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
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+44 131 510 7555
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"great hike"
in 324 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 583 reviews
"salisbury crags"
in 224 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 359 reviews
"holyrood park"
in 427 reviews
"extinct volcano"
in 201 reviews
"sunny day"
in 389 reviews
"walking shoes"
in 169 reviews
"views are amazing"
in 164 reviews
"walk up"
in 230 reviews
"nice walk"
in 259 reviews
"take your time"
in 181 reviews
"scottish parliament"
in 164 reviews
"city centre"
in 253 reviews
"visiting edinburgh"
in 221 reviews
"calton hill"
in 144 reviews
"royal mile"
in 379 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Quite a hike the route we took but was worth it when we got to the top! Views were incredible and the weather was lovely to add to the enjoyment of it!

Thank BethJHutchison
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Reviewed yesterday

The view from the top across the city of Edinburgh is astonishing. I visit Arthur's seat every time I am in town, either for a walk or jogging across the top and down through the backside. The backside is equally beautiful and the silence is...More

Thank Anita R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The view is great over Edinburgh but it is basically a walk to see a view, you definitely need to be physically fit.

Thank Tugboat_11
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a great hike with an even better view. I recommend doing this in the early morning before the busloads of people come in. The pad on the left at the split goes down first but goes up later on and circles around. Another path...More

Thank ejrobinson510
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stumbled up this when wandering... glad the sun was out so an exploration was set. Just kept going up... and up... but what a view! Turned out to be a fabulous circular route. Would recommend. Just don't stray from the paths, saw a few tourists...More

Thank abbey4eddie
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful views and great place to walk and take in the beautiful country. Loved finding St Anthony's Chapel.

Thank karafinlayson
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stayed near the Royal Mile and walked to the park at the bottom. There was a map and clearly defined paths to the top of the crater. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the top and back down,...More

Thank Rquinn09
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This spot is so beautiful. The view is beautiful. We didn’t have the right footwear and so it was a bit tricky on the rocks. You should wear joggers (sneakers) for sure. Just take it slow and don’t worry about those crazy people who are...More

Thank jlharkins87
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a must if there's even a small patch of blue sky. Arthur's seat is easy to get to. There's no rush and on a clear day (admittedly rare given the weather) you can see for 30 miles (rarer still). We take every visitor...More

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Looks far away and high when seen from town but is an achievable moderate walk for most and certainly worth the panaromic views. We are 50s and reasonably fit - 35 mins up and 25 down. Did it from Holyrood side, in routine street shoes...More

Thank Ely-Macs
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XYZ_2009
18 March 2018|
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Response from Douglas M | Reviewed this property |
It can be quite steep & it takes an hour to reach the top. I did see some children but it could be too much for a four year old. It is a walking trail so no strollers & I would advise good walking shoes. You can take other... More
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frequenttraveler1347
16 March 2018|
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Response from Laura R | Reviewed this property |
I went there by foot from the house where I was staying in Broughton! I don’t know how far the bus goes but I believe it only takes you to the entrance, and then it’s about 30 minutes walking to the top!
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