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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Arthur's Seat Reviews
While passing through the city, I decided to hike and this was the perfect place, it took me 3 hours to climb to the top, I had excellent weather, during the whole hike you feel a freezing wind... more »
It's about a 2-3hr hike up the wild mountain, but the view just gets better and better the higher you climb. -Take water and a snack with you, it's a steep climb. - If you're not already, take a... more »
Great view up there, a little bit muddy way.
Stunning views. The way up is a bit slippery when its raining but worth it
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