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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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  • a must visit when in edinburgh. This city hill give you a so nice view. if you are in the city pack your bag with some nice “fika and cinnamon buns” and go there ...  more »
  • we did the tour up an return in approx 2 hours. it was a fascinating walk, close to the city and with spectacular views  more »
  • Goregous place, not to missed. You get to see the whole of Edinburgh. Great view of the sea and the castle.  more »
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  • Wonderful view of Edinburgh from 360 degrees. Not only do you see the Old Town and New Town, but you can see all of the waterways surrounding the city. The day I did the hike, I took the path less traveled up. It was pretty challenging as it was much more direct and steep. Also the wind was unreal - 60 mph that day. The way down I took the path which most take. The top can get pretty busy, so if you go early, it might be better.
  • Nice little walk after a snowy day. You can see the whole of Edinburgh from the top. The view is worth the walk. Take extra care when it is windy or wet. It's an easy trek to the peak except the last few yards might take bit more time. One can easily reach here by walking from Edinburgh Waverly station crossing the north bridge, through royal mile, past Scottish Parliament.
  • Have always loved this place from being a kid. The views are amazing and you can loose yourself for hours. The walks are lovely, lower down is great for all the family where as higher up for more serious hill walkers. It's a good idea to see if any events are on if you're making a special journey as organised events/runs/bike rides can shut off some access points.
  • Amazing views. Lots of different paths to take to climb to different levels. Can be quite slippery when muddy and/or snowy. Very popular. Lovely walks around it with beautiful lakes. Lots of wildlife. About 20 minute walk from the town centre.
  • Amazing views from 360 degrees and Lots of different paths to take to climb to different levels. Once you thought you reached the peck every time you starts seeing another peak from there. Can be quite slippery at some places and we observed occurrences of people slipped and had minor scratches. Once you reach at-least half the path to top peak you will enjoy a mesmerized view of Edinburgh city, not only do you see the Old Town and New Town, but you can see all of sea boundaries.
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