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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Categories: Mountains, Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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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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  • The 360 degree views from the top of Arthur's Seat are worth the effort it takes to get to the top. There are number of routes up and around Arthur's Seat that offer different views and require differ...  read more »
  • Took the blue route up to the peak. The first 20 minutes was flat walk until the mid point where you can see 2 paths-one on the left was a longer route up and the one on the right were all stone (slip...  read more »
  • A birds eye view of the beautiful city. Managed to dodge the showers and make a sweaty and slippery ascent (poor choice of footwear on our part) to see the wonderful sights of Edinburgh. 
  • If you're visiting Edinburgh for a day or a week come here before anywhere else. It's good to get your bearings of the city as well as offering the best views of Edinburgh and beyond. (Better than that of the castle. I'd prefer to see the castle in a view, rather than the view from it). The western stairs (rock stairs) is the fastest and most view rewarding approach, however can be icy and perilous in winter. The eastern path is comparatively flatter, but longer. Don't forget the camera and a jacket.
  • Everyone who lives in Edinburgh and is able to do so should climb up Arthur's Seat at least once. The views from the top are fantastic. The climb itself does not take terribly long and does not require any specialist walking equipment or the like. The paths are clear and easy to follow, and there are usually a plenty of other people climbing. It is often possible to park near the foot of the hill.
  • Grew up in the area, and never tire of this special place. Wonderful views of the city, the Firth, the Lomonds, the Southern Highlands and the Pentlands. The standard route from Dunsapie Loch is the easiest but perhaps the least interesting so if you are a walker you might consider a more adventurous approach - the paths show up on the Earth view on Google maps. Often very windy so bring suitable clothing. Don't miss the Iron Age remains on nearby Crow Hill.
  • The best view of Edinburgh - 20 minutes climb. For me this is the best place in Edinburgh. You can seat on the grass for a while and enjoy the lovely view of the city. You can use the tarmac road to go up but it will take longer. I have used one of the shortcuts you can clearly see from below, it's not so hard do climb it. I did it in 20 minutes. Once up there enjoy the calmness of this place. Simply love it
  • Fantastic views across the city of Edinburgh and great to have so close to the city centre. On the whole the climb up the path was not all that difficult but right towards the top it was a little trickier in that there are no real steps so a good pair of shoes for walking is advised. Allow 60-90 minutes to walk from the bottom to the top. The whole park around it offers a great open space to explore, get fresh air and away from some of the hustle and bustle, although it was fairly busy on the Sunday afternoon we visited.
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