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Climbing Edinburgh’s Seven Hills

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, January 2013

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Said to be the city ‘built on seven hills’, historians have long debated which of the region’s many mounts are Edinburgh’s famous seven. Whether you choose to climb the traditional seven or let the controversy coerce you into seeking out less-climbed mounts, the magnificent views alone should be enough to entice you out of the city center. So don your hikers and add these renowned viewpoints to your itinerary – or wait for the annual seven-hill run, where keen locals circle the city on a 14.2 mile run (or walk) of the seven peaks.

1. Arthur’s Seat
Reaching a height of 251 meters (823 feet), this ‘hill’ is more like a range of hills, including the Salisbury Crags, Dunsapie Hill and the highest peak of the seven – Arthur’s Seat, itself. It’s a tough but manageable scramble to the top, but the hugely popular route affords fabulous views over the city.

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