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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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  • My mom and I traveled to Edinburgh in May 2019. We decided to take a quick foray up Arthur's Seat after visiting the Palace of HolyRood. We only had about an hour or so, so we hiked up to one of...  more »
  • unmissable, Great views and a good hike if you've got the strength. Not need for hiking shoes but gotta be fit  more »
  • It took me about 45 mins to get up there. And i am definitely not sporty whatsoever but it was worth going up Arthur’s seat. The next time I’ll visit and would do so again. Take enough water with you....  more »
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  • Great view up there, a little bit muddy way.
  • Stunning views. The way up is a bit slippery when its raining but worth it
  • An excellent place to visit in Edinburgh. It is the highest peak from where you can see the entire city of Edinburgh. People who love tracking will love this place. The sunny day will be perfect to travel. If you want you carry some food with you and celebrate picnic and spend time with you family and friends.
  • A gorgeous hike in Edinburgh city. From the centre of Edinburgh it takes 60-90 minutes depending on your speed. Be very careful to dress warm and wear hiking shoes as you'll be surprised how cold and muddy it can get. Well worth a visit.
  • Stunning experience. Be careful after rainfall or wet weather the trail up can become slippery.

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