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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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  • amazing view, hard work to get there on top but worth it. amazing view when you get up there.im sure its really good in a summer  more »
  • We decided to climb Arthur’s seat whilst staying in Edinburgh recently. We had our dogs with us & were pleasantly surprised at how close this large open area is to the city centre. We were able to let...  more »
  • Nice walk to high top. Nice views. And after you have had your sport again. And you have the entire city and the surrounding area.
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  • A brilliant place to go for a walk and look back over the city of Edinburgh. Fairly easy to get to the very top but can be busy if it's good weather!! Best advice is to drive half way up on Queen's View and park at the loch. Free car parking and a brisk stroll takes you to the top. Highly recommended for a walk!!
  • Easily one of the must dos when in Edinburgh!! I'd recommend going early in the morning when the tourist crowd is not there yet. Be there early to enjoy the morning breeze and magnificent panoramic view of the city. The hike up there is not too strenuous and anyone who's reasonably mobile should be able to reach the top of Arthur's Seat.
  • Well worth the walk. Stunning views across all of Edinburgh. Recommend the dirt tracks if capable. Fantastic sites. Recommend sturdy shoes/boots, however runners will do, not so good if wet, which chances are it will be. Ensure you wear or carry a wind/waterproof proof coat, it’s extremely windy at the summit even on a good day. Parking is available at the base, for a small fee.
  • Beautiful views of the city from here. It is a short hike (45 mins climb at max) and provides amazing views of the city and the water on the other side. Definitely recommend as a must-do when visiting Edinburgh. It was fairly crowded. Likely because it is a well known spot. But it is definitely worth it.
  • Beautiful hike with breathtaking views of Edinburgh. The entire hike is pretty much uphill with multiple sets of stairs! Going down is also pretty strenuous! You can hike this pretty easily in a couple of hours! The view from the top is amazing! Definitely worth the hike! I would highly recommend doing this if you have the time while in Edinburgh!
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