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Arthur's Seat

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A panorama next to Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh. You can see the famous hill which is actually an extinct volcano. It's height is 251 m above the sea level. It's quite easy to climb and it's a popular hiking destination in Edinburgh.

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A: Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

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B: Edinburgh Crags

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C: Gloomy morning in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

by Dave Kennard, 280 meters away

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D: Edinburgh - Arthur's Seat

by Sergiu Mitrofan, 310 meters away

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E: Centre of Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

by Dave Kennard, 310 meters away

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Centre of Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

F: Edinburgh Arthur S Seat Panorama 360 1

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G: Holyrood Park NE of Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

by Dave Kennard, 340 meters away

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H: Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

by Georgios Kosmas, 410 meters away

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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

I: Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

by Georgios Kosmas, 530 meters away

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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

J: Salisbury Crags - Holyrood Park

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