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Arthur's Seat
Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat

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Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh EH16 5 United Kingdom
+44 845 225 5121 (Tourist Information)
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No need to pack it to Hawaii to hike up a volcano - try conquering one right in the middle of Scotland! Arthur's Seat rises up 822 feet above sea level, right in the midst of modern Edinburgh. A clear ... Read more
day will reward those who brave the summit with spectacular views of everything within 100km, as well as a sunset like no other (though a blanket or two might be needed!). Admission is free, and maps detailing the degrees of difficulty of the various hiking trails are available from the visitor's center.

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Fantastic views on any day of the year, it’s amazing! You can’t come to Edinburgh and not climb up Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags.

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Barcelona, Spain

What an amazing place!! I found the hike challenging (I was pregnant at the time) but so worth it. It made for one of my all-time favorite moments in Edinburgh.

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Sydney, Australia

It’s worth the hike for the view. The climb looks harder than it really is.

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Barcelona, Spain

Short 30m hike to get the best views of Edinburgh, Arthur’s seat is a must go if you are visiting for a few days.

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Barcelona, Spain

Awesome place! I would say it is my favourite in Edinburgh. Would recommend watching the sunset from there.

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Sofia

Nice view of the city, but too crowded. I'd suggest going up there for a couple of quick pics, but otherwise take the trails that go around the park.

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Bring a hat!

Not a hard climb at all, but it can be a windy one! Like anywhere outdoors in Scotland if its not the height of summer make sure to pack a jacket, and a hat to keep the wind from stinging your ears! But the 360 view is worth it even if it ends up being a windy day, and if not there are a couple of good patches to sit and relax while looking down on the city.

For those with less walk in your legs, you can drive half the way up, then walk from there.

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Well worth a walk up here if you can. Lots of routes to the top, and great views!

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Only a few miles from the studio apt and its very possible to walk their !:-)

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Fab for fantastic views of the city and surrounding area as well as a great way to burn off last night's delicious meal / cocktails!

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Ottawa, Canada

I unfortunately didn't get the chance to climb Arthur's Seat (5 degree weather will do that to you), but someone I was traveling made it up there and he went on about how breath taking it was. Definitely a bit of a hike, so bring appropriate shoes, but the views are well worth it. Highly suggest bringing a lunch and enjoying it up top!

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Mero, Dominica

The Queen's own park in Edinburgh. Lots of open spaces, ideal for a gentle stroll or a more energetic climb up to the Crags or the top of Arthur's Seat for some amazing views 360 degrees across the whole of Edinburgh.

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A fantastic viewpoint which is just a stone's throw from the apartment. Well worth the walk to the top.

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not exactly an easy climb, especially the final stretch. was around the vicinity and suddenly decided to trek up. would be a good trek during the summer but i went during the winter and it gets dark fast. bird's eye view of edinburgh.

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If you can take the workout to get to the top you will be well rewarded with the most fabulous views over Edinburgh!

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Glasgow, UK

The best views in Edinburgh can be found from the top of this hill in Holyrood Park. The climb is not very long or difficult and can easily be managed in an hour.

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Local from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

If your feeling adventurous a climb of Arthur's Seat is a good way to spend a few hours. There are well maintained paths leading to the top from all sides of the hill so no defined starting point. However if coming from the city centre most will start at the Holyrood Palace/ Parliament entrance to the park. The final section can be a bit of a scramble so stay on the main path. The views from the top are spectacular on a clear day.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom

Good head for heights needed. Great if you need a good cardio vascular workout!Fabulous views.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India

The best spot in Edinburgh for photographers and hikers to view the city from top. You need to be fit to climb that steep hill so get into your walking shoes and start working out. Arthur's Seat is the spot where the king was executed atop the hill and not that he chose to sit there on his throne. But the panoramic view is splendid and one of a kind experience. Bus routes 35 go right upto Hollyrood and then you can hike up.

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London, UK

Beautiful hike that offers panorama views of Edinburgh! Beware, the hike is not quite a stroll in the park and steep and tiresome at times (the multitude of children easily scampering up the hill ahead of you doesn't help). A great spot to bring a picnic to eat on one of the many grassy knolls!

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