Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

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Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park. Some people says that its name is derived from the myriad legends pertaining to King Arthur,but others says that this theory may be provided by the fact that several other hilltop and mountaintop features in Britain bear similar names.

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