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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. Make Arthur's Seat part of your personalized Edinburgh itinerary using our Edinburgh trip itinerary builder.
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  • Beautiful hike just at the bottom of the Royal Mile. It is about a 45 minute journey up, not too steep or difficult. It can be muddy so wear boots or good hiking shoes. Well worth a zillion photos.  more »
  • Steep climb to top but good view over the city. No cafe or pub nearby so take refreshments with you.  more »
  • not too hard a climb for the sure footed a bit awkward at the very top, but well worth it for the views of Auld Reekie  more »
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  • A place you would never like to leave if you are a nature lover. The wind blows at a great speed on the peak but the experience is of a life time. Your eyes can go all around but you just won't be satisfied with the panoramic view. It's heavenly and the feeling makes you run out of words. The best place in Edinburgh as per my opinion. After all a long climb is worth it.
  • A fairly straight forward hike with easier routes and harder routes. Of course, we went up early morning so the walk was a bit slippery from the dew, and we opted for a little "off road" mountaineering which was plain stupid and treacherous, but it was an amazing outcome at the top. I was a little nervous that even on the prescribed routes there isn't much in the form of safety precautions ... to maintain the original and natural beauty of the site there aren't any hand rails etc. so an unfortunate stumble could land you in trouble. But totally worth the trip (not the perilous variety though :)).
  • It’s very windy at the top so make sure you secure everything. I lost the waterproof cover for my bag due to the wind. The walk is very manageable. Scary but manageable.
  • Fabulous views of Edinburgh on a clear day. Good solid path to the top so can easily be walked in trainers. Definitely worth the effort!
  • It's hard to believe such a thing is so close to the city, I would definitely recommend the hike up to Arthur's seat. As for the climb it self, wear sensible footwear, you don't need to be into fitness to make it to the top it's fairly easy-moderate going. There are several trails up to the top. We followed the 'main path' and found it fine. There are more difficult routes we saw if you wanted to push yourself harder. Once at the top on a clear day there are beautiful panoramic views, it's nice to just sit there and take it all in!