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Arthur's Seat
Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat

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Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh EH16 5 United Kingdom
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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

Here it is, the big kahuna! You can’t miss it from nearly everywhere in Edinburgh, and it’s the second of our two extinct volcanos. You’ve got a few different routes depending on your fitness level, but be warned that the last slog is the hardest part. Once you’re up it’s worth enjoying the sights and catching your breath.

For bonus points go early and see the sun rise, or for maximum romance descend down the top of Salisbury Crags and watch the sun set.

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Local from Edinburgh

Great spot for a brisk walk to get a panoramic view of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth on a clear day.

Quite touristy up the top, so go early to avoid bumping in to too many people !

The picture shows Arthur’s Seat on the right and the crags on the left which is an easier stroll.

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Local from Edinburgh

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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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

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

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Barcelona

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

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

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

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

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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London

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

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

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

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

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