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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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  • Nice little hill in the centre of the city. Well worth a walk up to see great views of the castle and also out to sea 
    Nice little hill in the centre of the city. Well worth a walk up to see great views of the castle and also out to sea  more »
  • This looks daunting if not a keen walker. It is really worth making the effort for the incredible views alone. 
    This looks daunting if not a keen walker. It is really worth making the effort for the incredible views alone.  more »
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  • Gorgeous hike, relatively easy - around 30-1hr walk, starts with a slow ascent and then increases in steepness for the last 100m to the top. Many trails and easy access from the city - hiking gear not necessary. Great place to catch a sunset.
  • It’s a must. Visiting Edinburgh and not walking up Arthur’s Seat should be a crime. We decided to walk up in less than ideal footwear during the snow and still made it to the top (walking boots recommended as was slippery in places…). View from the top is incredible, also recommend warmer clothes in winter as the top is rather windy! It’s not the longest hike you’ll do but would probably take just under an hour to the top at a gentle pace. Enjoy the top and take in the scenery 😊

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