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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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  • Great hike to get a really good view of the city. There are many paths to take up the hill or create your own path. My kids loved the experience, we laughed all the way down.  more »
  • Has to be done if you are fit and able. Wear good walking shoes and be aware that the paths up and down can get muddy and have some steep steps in certain parts. Any one of decent energy can tackle...  more »
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  • Famous and fun hike that overlooks Edinburgh. A few different ways up means you can make the walk a gradual incline or sheer ascent. I went on a foggy day and so had a hard time getting pictures through the breaks in the clouds. Heavily trafficked by tourists, but that wont take away from the idyllic views.
  • Not sure if this is the case, but this feels like the highest point in Edinburgh. To get to the top you need to hike (climb at times), which is fairly easy most of the times, and moderate at times, more so close to the peak. Make sure you have appropriate shoes, especially if it is raining or if it rained recently, as it’s going to be muddy and slippery. The view is nice, though there is not much space on the top, it gets quite busy, and it is also extremely windy, so not so pleasant.
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