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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

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For the easiest possible access to rugged Scottish landscapes from Edinburgh, head to Arthur's Seat. This 250.5 m (822 ft) promontory sits just 1.6 km (1 mi) east of Edinburgh Castle. You can climb any face of the hill, but the easiest route is to approach from the east and walk up the grassy field. At the top, you'll find a 2,000-year-old fort and one of the best possible views of the city. Bring your camera, footwear with decent traction, drinking water, and clothing to protect yourself from the wind at the top. Add Arthur's Seat and other attractions to your Edinburgh trip itinerary using our Edinburgh day trip planner .
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  • This is a tough walk! I was informed it was an easy climd, but please, do wear your gym clothes when going! You will be tired, sweat, hot and cold! Very good hike, but steep!  more »
  • We walked and hiked in January. It was a little bit of a workout and it was pretty cold but the views were worth it. The wind at the top overlooking the city must have been 45-55 mph gusts so brace yo...  more »
  • Climb Arthur's seat if you're in for a short walk. Everyone can do it. May be busy on saturday afternoons  more »
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  • Had a great day walking up Arthur's st with friends, lovely views of all of Edinburgh. There is a hard route and easy route up, going up the main road and up the grassy hill way is the easiest way up! The top is a bit rocky trying to get up and over them. I highly recommend the hike up! Views are beautiful. We also went on a cold and wet day the ponds where iced over, can't wait to do it all again soon in summer bring my picnic to relax ☺️
  • Good place for spending an active day with family or friends. May looks difficult to climb up to the top but actually it’s not. And the views from the peak are insanely good. I recommend to wear good shoes though as the steps may be a bit slippery.
  • This an amazing place, not to be missed when visiting Edinburgh. The hill doesn’t look the step or the peak far away, but once you start climbing it’s hard work coupled with wet muddy ground with rocks, it had me almost beat....lucky I persisted because it was absolutely amazing at the top, 360’ views, make sure you’re rugged up because it’s windy and cold. Highly recommended!!!
  • Love the hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat. You can either take the easy way up or a much more challenging route. Wonderful views of the whole Edinburgh area. We make the hike every time we are in Edinburgh. Always one of the highlights of our time in Edinburgh.
  • Great climb and views. Wear sensible shoes (I didn't!) The final part of the climb can be a challenge but several options to reach the top.
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