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This is a proper hill walk right in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, climbing to the craggy summit of Arthur’s Seat with stunning views in all directions.
Arthur’s Seat is all that remains of an ancient volcano and is Edinburgh’s most famous landmark, towering above the city at a height of 251 metres.
You start by entering Holyrood Park at the end of the Royal Mile, then stroll on good paths through a rolling grassy landscape covering the remains of a volcanic landscape that’s laid dormant for 350 million years.
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The hike to Athur’s Seat’s summit is relatively short but strenuous, and well worth it for the magical 360 panorama across the city. The summit is also the site of a well-preserved fort dating back 2,000 years, with the hill’s diverse flora and geology resulting in it being named a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The origins of the hill’s name are unclear, although some suggest it was the site of King Arthur’s legendary Camelot fortress.
This route was voted 43rd in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: This is a busy walk that’s extremely popular with tourists – and for good reason. If you visit Edinburgh you HAVE to climb Arthur’s Seat!