Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland

10/10
UniquenessThe sunset watched here, how different is it from the others?
8/10
VisibilityIs the sunset likely to be seen from the location?
7/10
AccessibilityHow easy is it to get to the location? ("-" means the location cannot be revisited at will)
5/10
CrowdHow busy is the location? ("-" means the location has no public access or I was on the move)
7.5/10
OverallIs this location worth a sunset visit?

Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano which 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, but due to hazards, rock climbing is now restricted to the South Quarry and a permit is required.

  • A very unique place to be for sunset, with excellent city view of Edinburgh.
  • It has quite good view of the sunset although buildings and bills from the far distance will block the view of the horizon.
  • It is easy to drive to the Holyrood Park car park and then walk up the hill.
  • There is usually a medium sized crowd all over the hill.
Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Location of the Sunset