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Arthur's Seat

Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
0131 510 75 55
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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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Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
0131 510 75 55
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I am not an avid hiker but there are several ways to tackle this place. All are beautiful! The views are stunning and a great place to take pics.

Thank highlandpeace
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Takes a good 35-45 minutes to climb or you can drive more than half way up and park near the 2nd lake. Then takes about 15 min climb to top. Slippery when wet. Need good shoes. Brilliant view of Edinburgh

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed yesterday

We're so out of shape. BUT, we made it! You know you're out of shape when you see middle-aged men running around like billy goats on the rocks scattered around on the hills and you're thinking of what to eat for breakfast tomorrow... We parked...More

Thank Bwalkz7
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We started up Arthur's Seat and I was worried straight away but the trail levels out and is quite doable. The views of the city are unmatched and worth every step. We were treated to The Riders of the Marches sight while we were on...More

Thank julieb312
Reviewed yesterday

It is quite a climb so you need t wear the apropriate clothes for the weather n your visit but sturdy shoes at all times. The views from the top over the city are stupendous and well worth the climb. Near to the Scottish parliament...More

Thank Anthony J
Reviewed yesterday

Great way to do your workout Amazing views from top - looking around Edinburgh city Approx 45mins for the entire walk

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had an incredible view of Arthur's Seat right out out window at the Raddison Blu - it was fun to watch the people - who looked like ants - slowly making their way up and down the trail!

Thank nowpacking
Reviewed yesterday

Excellent hiking and views of Edinburgh. Holyrood Park and Arthur's seat make for some awesome hiking and trail running adventures right in the heart of the city. The hike up to Arthur's Seat is a challenging one and not for everyone can manage but there...More

Thank Sylvie T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Several different hikes of vary degrees of length & difficuly that can be done from close to Hollyrood. Spectacular views of the city. Can be quite windy from on top the hills so be prepared.

Thank Drewby
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well worth a hike to the top to see amazing views! There is a shorter steep way which is more testing and can get quite busy on occasions. If you feel you would like to take a more gentle approach, fear not as you have...More

Thank Chris L
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
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Ong T
11 September 2017|
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Response from Bob J | Reviewed this property |
No it's free
31 August 2017|
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Response from kathrynandryan | Reviewed this property |
There isn't anything like that. I said to my partner that they should have somewhere to leave bags, if required. I'd suggest taking appropriate bags, like rucksacks as there's noone at all to ask etc
28 August 2017|
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Response from Kara S | Reviewed this property |
A bus can take you to the trailhead, but you'll have to hike to the top.