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Arthur's Seat

Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh EH16 5 United Kingdom
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    Katie Pierce
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    5 Jun 30, 2014

    Arthur's Seat is a great spot to look over the city of Edinburgh. It's a quick hike of about 1.5 hours to the very top and back down again. On a beautiful day, it's a must. You'll see plenty of others enjoying the scenery by bringing picnics and more!

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    D'Maris Coffman
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    5 Jun 30, 2014

    Unless the weather is foul, you owe it to yourself to spend an afternoon walking all over this. Not strenuous and worth the view! Do take a picnic and enjoy it.

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    ElephantInTheRoom
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    5 Jan 19, 2014

    This looked deceivingly close from my window – the walk to and from the bottom of the hill took longer than getting to the actual peak, but hey ho!

    I would have preferred to have done this when it was warmer – the walk was incredibly cold and windy – but the view was well worth it. From the Royal Mile the walk took about an hour, it was pretty pleasant and not very difficult – the wind did pick up higher up though and was probably strong enough to carry me off if I had jumped.

    The view would be amazing over snowy Edinburgh in the winter too if you’re brave enough to face the cold and also a couple of slightly slippy rocks. Overall it was a lot of fun seeing the whole of Edinburgh from one high spot and spending some time outdoors – despite the cold!

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    Laurel W
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    5 Nov 18, 2013

    Not a difficult climb and a great view of Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and the surrounding hills. After, visit Duddingston Village and the Sheep's Heid Pub.

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    Maan @Travel Binge
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    4 Oct 11, 2013

    The more adventurous ones prefer to climb going to this place. We took a car :) Would you believe this is a dormant volcano?

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    Fiona
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Overlooking the city, Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano which is a great place to walk, picnic or sight-see (the best views across the city & beyond if you climb to the top). There are also ponds where people often feed the swans & ducks. Good place to take kids.

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    Rachel E.
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    So technically I went up the Crags instead of Arthur's Seat but still a great experience. The views are amazing and how many times in your life do you get to hike up a dormant volcano vent? The Radical Road was roped off due to rocks falling and other instability but I took the Volunteer road and then followed everyone else up the well-worn yet unmarked trail. This is definitely not a gentle hike and like most of Edinburgh quite steep in spots. Still, there's a lovely path that cuts through Arthur's Seat and the Crags that's great for everyone and still has pretty amazing scenery.

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  • Arthur's SeatCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Yen Phan
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    5 Apr 02, 2013

    A very scenic hike up to Arthurs Seat and you'll reach the top of the mountain. From there you can see 360 degree view of the city and ocean. Going up around sunset and later, you can see a beautiful view of the city and monuments lit up.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Mar 31, 2013

    Arthur's Seat is a group of hills in Holyrood Park, It's a moderate hike to get up them, but it's not that long and you are rewarded with great views of the city and the bay.

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    Gerard Keyes
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    5 Mar 27, 2013

    I've walked or should that be struggled up Arthur's Seat twice now and I still find it odd that its in the heart of a major city. I would say that you get better views from Calton hill.

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    alex tamas
    3 Mar 14, 2013

    Views are alright but you can see the same from all over Edinburgh. Went after a bit of snow fall this March. Would definitely not recommend going after snow or rain as it gets incredibly slippery especially when walking down hill. On flat soles it's a complete slide.

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    Jim Barton
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    5 Mar 12, 2013

    I highly recommend walking up to the top to get a gorgeous view of the city. The walk is low exertion so pretty much anyone can do it. This was formed by an extinct volcano and many people say it is a possible location for Camelot.

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    The Northernist
    4 Oct 22, 2012

    The view from the top more than rewards the effort of the climb (it's not too hard). Ruins of a chapel are worth a brief detour if you start from Holyrood Park. Descend on the south side and pay a visit to the Sheep's Heid Inn in Duddingston.

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    ruthsen
    5 Aug 15, 2012

    Well worth the hike to the top to get stunning views across Edinburgh and the surrounding ares from the top.

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    Scottish Snaps
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Margarets Loch at the bottom of the hill is a favourite for people who love to feed the swans. The swans here are relatively tame and will happily take food from your hand. A walk up Arthurs Seat will take the average person around a half hour. For those less adventurous there is a road, you can drive most of the way up and walk the last part.

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    Mark Ritchie
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Offers wonderful views of the city and for those feeling lazy there's even a road that takes you most of the way up.

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    Fabi Capra
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    You should definitely go if you are in Edinburgh. It's a group of hills, where you can have a beautiful view of the city. The place is so peaceful.
    To go up is not that difficult as we (non athletes) think when we are down, it's just around 260m up.
    Up there, there is a place that people leave messages or draws with stones, really beautiful. I spent a all afternoon there.

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    Kara McCain
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This is a must-do in Edinburgh, if the weather permits and you are physically capable. You'll get the best views of the city from here, along with a good workout. If you start from the bottom near the Scottish Parliament, it will take you about 30-45 minutes to get to the top since it's the longer way around. You'll need good walking/hiking shoes, a water bottle, a jacket (it can get windy and cold, even in the sun), some cotton balls for your ears (if they're sensitive to wind) and of course a camera to document the beauty. Some people brought their dogs so if you decide to do so, please bring water and a snack for your pooch because they'll need to hydrate, too!

    Give yourself about 2-3 hours to get to the top, take a nice look around and make your way back down to the bottom. And for those of you who work out regularly, do NOT do a leg workout the day before. Trust me on this.

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    Katy Logan
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    There is something special about untouched pieces of nature right smack in the middle of a city. Arthur's Seat is Edinburgh's own miny national park and is worth the treck. There are a few paths up, some longer and easier, some steep and take a bit more umph. Go to the tourist office to get a map of your options. Either way, the top will welcome you with a gorgeous view of the tip top of Edinburgh's head and the rolling green hills below. It is beautiful at sunset but may require a blanket or two.

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    Lawrence Lam
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I arrived at Arthur's Seat toward the tail end of my walk down the royal mile, starting from the Castle. I had read about it and was intimidated by its size on the map, but when standing at Holyrood and watching the figures hike around the hill, they looked far larger than I expected - big ants? I decided to head on up a moderate climb, which wound around the hill until I was near the peak during Sunset. What a marvellous view over Edinburgh from Arthur's Seat! I would have regretted neglecting this spot.

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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 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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