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Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design". It is situated just to the east of the city centre, about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m (822 ft), provides excellent panoramic views of the city and beyond, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the east, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch. At a spur of the hill, Salisbury Crags has historically been a rock climbing venue with routes of various degrees of difficulty; however due to hazards rock climbing is now restricted to the South Quarry and a free permit is required.
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Some amazing views of Edinburgh, nice walk up although windy at times. The park was well kept and clean with no visible rubbish. Plenty of free parking was available from the bottom of the climb and sufficient parking further up. Good walk for the dog, plenty of exercise. Looked very popular with the locals who were jogging and dog walking.
Fantastic large park very close to city centre. Lots of different areas to walk in. Well worth going up to the trig point at the top of Arthur’s seat where the views are tremendous. Nice 5 km circular walk around main roads which are helpfully closed to traffic on Sunday making the walk very pleasant. No refreshments in the park as such but lots around the various bits on the edge of the park including the now trendy parts around holyrood and the Parliament.
Amazing hike - we took a very steep route, was a great exercise - make sure to wear proper shoes/ clothing. We didn't and got a bit dirty. But the view is totally worth all the climbing
Quite possibly the best part of Edinburgh. You don't expect to find such a vast park that makes you feel like you're in the countryside right outside the city. Take the hike up to Arthur's Seat, but if you enjoy a challenge, take the path along Salisbury Craig. If you have time, get off the main path and travel through the less walled areas. They park is big enough that you'll feel like you're away from society, but small enough that you won't get lost. You'll also get some great landscapes by walking through the less popular areas. Take water and lunch with you, and really make a day of it, and don't forget to have your camera ready! You won't regret giving this park your time, but be ready to spend 3/4 of a day there if you really want to take it all in.
I am very lucky to have this as my view from my living room window. It is also an excellent place to walk up with the dogs, they love it! The views are absolutely stunning.
Is a must to visit if you go Edinburgh, sights are amazing and you can watch all the city and far away. Is a good route for hiking and if it's not windy you will have a great time there. 100% recommend
Very big park with lovely views of the city, hills and sea, especially if you can climb to the top of the hills within the park. Just to note it's easier to go past Hunters bog and then down Salisbury crags rather than the other way round. Salisbury crags is deceptively steep (the path that goes parallel to Queens Drive)!
Great open space with excellent views of the city. The road around the seat is very popular with cyclists and runners, can be very popular on the weekend. Best views are of course on top of the seat but I think if you were less inclined a trip along the crags gives just a good view of the city with a little less effort (still an energetic walk!) Take your own provisions there isn't any on offer, but also do take your own rubbish away with you (not too many bins up there!)
Amazing views of the city and its surroundings! There are several paths you can take to get to Arthur's seat or any of the other attractions. Make sure you take appropriate shoes as well as food and water with you.
Beautiful and conveniently located. The hilly landscape and swan pond gives a taste of the greater hikes this country has to offer. The view from Arthur's Peak is very scenic. For history buffs, there are ruins of an ancient kirk at the top. There are various trails and nooks/crannies I would've liked to explore further. Even if the rain/wind, not a hard trek. Located next to Parliament so take a tour here or attend an open debate session if you want. I skipped the Holyrood Castle but would've liked to entered the monastery if it were separate.
The highlight of my trip to Edinburgh. This park is in the middle of town but unlike most urban parks you won't find any lawns or manicured flower gardens here. If it weren't for all the people climbing up the hills on the sunny afternoon I visted it would have felt as though this was miles away from town. There are foot paths you can follow to various lookouts or you can just make your own trail through the grassy hills, just be sure to bring some good shoes. I didn't get a chance to visit the highlands on my trip but this park did a good job of capturing a small part of the natural beauty of Scotland.
Holyrood Park makes it easy to 'escape from the city' for both tourists, city-workers and locals like me. Its wide-open spaces offer a 'breath of fresh air' very close to the Royal Mile or nearby suburbs. Lots to see and do. Great viewpoints are easily accessible for those less mobile (when driving by car), too: On Sundays, the road (Queens Drive) is frequently closed to road traffic, though.
Lovely park and we had AMAZING weather ☀️🌞🌄 it is lovely. Take water and a little bit to eat with you🍌🍞🥤. The climb is not hard but it can be exhausting. Especially in the heat of a bright spring day. There are e couple of main paths leading up to various spots. But there are trails going from those paths everywhere. They vary in difficulty but they take you away from the crowds and give you amazing views across the valley. Offcourse we were very lucky that al the yellow flowers were in bloom. There is yellow EVERYWHERE!!! IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!