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Arthur's Seat — Some Things You Didn't Know

VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
It's hard to miss.  Arthur's Seat is one of the most iconic pieces of natural scenery on offer in Scotland.  You can see it almost anywhere in Edinburgh but here are three things you may not know about Arthur's Seat.  Do you have any more cool facts?

Nobody Knows How it Got its Name

The Edinburgh giant is surely called Arthur's Seat for a reason, naw?  Well nobody knows the reason!  Soem believe it is named after King Arthur, others believe that it is the home to a wandering giant who uses the hill as a seat and bed to watch over Edinburgh who got up and left one day and never came back.

The Rock is Believed to be a Sleeping Dragon

A more fictional story than anything else, it was thought, back in the day, that the rock of Arthur's Seat was actually a sleeping dragon that terrorised the inhabitants of Edinburgh and ate all of the livestock.  The story goes that it ate too much one day, laid down to sleep and never got up again.

Arthur's Seat is in Many Works of Fiction

The hill is featured in many fiction novels throughout history, with most notable ones being Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, One Day by David Nicholls, and mentioned countless times by Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin.

There are many more things I could tell you about Arthur's Seat but now it's over to you!
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