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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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  • If you do not have a problem going to drop-offs and among the very stone, this excursion is a must in good weather. Great views across Edinburgh and beyond. Please bring a small packed lunch as you eat from any nice place up on the mountain. Have good walking shoes on.
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  • I really wanted to get to the top but the wind and rain held me back, although there were some still bravely doing it. It is very steep and there is loose shale so good walking shoes are recommended. ...  more »
  • Climbing the most difficult trail on average. At the top you could meet families with children and pensioners. View an interesting that Arthur's Hill overlooking the city and the Bay. Definitely one of the mandatory points of the visit in Edinburgh.
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  • Very great spot for panoramic views of Edinburgh. I was fortunate enough to see a double rainbow when I went up there so this place is always going to hold a special place in my memories of Edinburgh. You have two options for your ascent: the easy route which is mostly grassy and the challenging part with rocks. I opted for the challenging route, but at the end of the day, the view is the same regardless of how you get there! Highly recommend it for anyone visiting Edinburgh, and who knows, you might catch a double rainbow like I did!
  • Beautiful spot for a panoramic view of the city. It is said to have been the location of the Castle of Camelot. It is now a place to spend a day on the weekend and the climb is completely worth it. Must try if you are visiting Edinburgh on a sunny day.
  • The perfect way to enjoy an easy hike and take in the beautiful views of Edinburgh. Try the main path, early morning. Your dog will love the walk as well.
  • Reach the top and you'll get a wonderful view of Edinburgh and its surroundings. It's a reasonably easy hike, but wear appropriate clothing. We saw one woman trying to climb in heels, she was exhausted and she hadn't even reached the midpoint.
  • Lovely hike that takes about 20-30 minutes depending on your walking speed. You basically have a completely overview of Edinburgh when you're up there. Take a sweater/some warm clothes because it can get very windy.

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