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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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 great place for a walk when the weather is fine with extensive views over the city, the river and into Fife  more »
  • Amazing views over Edinburgh and Fife. We went on a windy day but it was exciting to be at the top! Lovely walk for the dog. If you are elderly, then there is a certain route that you shouldn't take.....  more »
  • I'm a local, who only recently went up Arthur's Seat, and I now understand what all the fuss is about!  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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