Arthur's Seat
Arthur's Seat
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. Situated within Holyrood Park, as well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points. The park has several Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designations due to its exceptional range of grassland habitats and its internationally important volcanic geology. Ranger service on site.
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Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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  • Khayriyyah M
    Penang Island, Malaysia65 contributions
    Surprisingly challenging, but short and satisfying climb for great views of Edinburgh
    It’s so accessible and prominent it would be a shame to miss climbing up Arthur’s Seat when in Edinburgh. But despite it being popular, it’s not what I would call an easy climb. Saw a few people with inappropriate footwear struggling to get up & down the peak. It triggered a bit of my height’s anxiety as well because the ascend is quite rapid. It is also fairly windy at times so dress appropriately! Once you’re up though it tends to be crowded so once you take in views there are nearby hill tops that are more quiet where you can rest a bit and take in the sights. We accidentally went down via a waterpath instead of a proper trail and ended up at the ruins near Margaret Loch which was beautiful at sunset, but quite a scramble to go down. Fun! (photo is view from Blackford Hill)
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Steph M
    Chicago, Illinois14 contributions
    Views are worth the climb
    Absolutely stunning views over Edinburgh - highly recommend fitting in on your visit. We did a sunrise hike, which was absolutely worth it. Definitely more of a strenuous hike than anticipated, especially coming from very flat Chicago but still doable. Be sure to wear good hiking boots/shoes or walking shoes with good tread - the majority of the route we took was a not terribly steep but steady incline, which you certainly start to feel after awhile. The last stretch has portions that are a little more of a climb & can be a little slippery/crumbly so again wear appropriate footwear.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Nicola B
    8 contributions
    Good 360 view
    If you are a keen hiker it is a relatively easy trek to the summit from Holyrood Palace side but if not it could be a little challenging especially the last 200 yards where some scrambling is required. It can also be very slippery so wear decent shoes if it is wet weather. The paths could also do with a bit of maintenance in places. There are a few different routes up and one was closed when we were there so check before you go as they are not well sign posted at the bottom. The view from the summit is good but shame the area around the summit trig point has not been levelled to allow people to stand easily.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2023
  • Clare S
    Plymouth, United Kingdom19 contributions
    Fantastic views that blew me away!
    I was on the fence about doing this hike but it was honestly a fantastic experience with views I won't forget anytime soon. The hike itself (route from Holyrood Carpark) was fairly steep and is very rocky at the top, so not the most straightforward walk. The views from the top were incredible and worth the effort. You can see the whole city of Edinburgh, the Forth Bridge, snow-covered mountains in the distance and so much further. At the base is a beautiful loch with swans and geese, which is worth looking at. On the return journey, I took the route from the back of the hill down towards Dunsapie Loch, which was also beautiful and home to even more wild birds. It's a much easier route down, quite literally downhill on grass, not rocks. It takes you to a pavement path which leads you around the base of the hill. The journey up took about 50 minutes, with many photo and water breaks, so not too long. Definitely worth the visit if you like walking and great views.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Victoria Campbell
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom371 contributions
    Take your time and take a beer- It's worth the hike
    In the past I have been exceptionally fit (we are talking marathon and ultramarathon running) but those years are far behind me and I am considerably heavier these days. I would say that Arthurs Seat is a nice steady climb. Not easy, but not a massive challenge if you don't rush. The views of Edinburgh are absolutely stunning, even on a grey drizzly day like we had! Beware the top is quite busy with people grabbing trendy snaps for the gram! At the bottom there is a banging ice cream van. We had one on the way up and then one after! (told you I was a few stone heavier than my running days). Also took a beer up to have at the top- Top tip IMO!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Linnéa S
    Ängelholm, Sweden4 contributions
    Incredible view !
    Took a while to get up and it was pretty steep and slippery so I recommend a pair of good shoes. I also recommend that you’re used to walking long distances as it was physically hard and took about an hour for me to get to the top. When at the top it was so worth it and a really beautiful view over Edinburgh 😍🙌🏼
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Stacey K
    9 contributions
    Things to Know before you go
    The trek up to Arthur's Seat is not a smooth path. Don't bother to bring your strollers it's just something else to carry. Pace yourself it's quite a hike. The terrain is very rocky in parts. If it rains the rocks are slick. There are no park bench rest stops. Saying all that to say it's worth the hike, but be prepared.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • janeybaby75
    Llanelli, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Stunning views. A definite must
    A must when visiting Edinburgh. We climbed up the hill in quite damp weather but it's more than doable. We came down the other side, which is tarmacked so there is an easier way up, should you need it. Just follow the main road a bit further. Lovely views from the top.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Carla M.
    Carrigaline, Ireland48 contributions
    Wonderful walk and cityseeing spot in the nature, but still close to the city!
    Me and my husband did the walk to the very top of Arthur's Seat in a cloudy and relatively foggy day, quite cold and gloomy, but that didn't discouraged us to reach the top and enjoy the nature around and the amazing view of Edinburgh. Really close to the city, it is possible to reach the place by bus or taxi without any problem and at any time. Good shoes and strong will recommended :D
    Visited April 2022
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Amy
    25 contributions
    Breathtaking climb to breathtaking views
    We adored our climb up Arthur’s seat. We found the route well laid out allowing for a suitable ascent to the top. For someone lacking in fitness it was a bit of a challenging climb, but plenty of boulders to rest on, and constantly changing stunning views makes this a walk not to be missed. Persevere to the top and you’ll be rewarded with the most incredible views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Bit of a scramble for the last section of the walk so wear good shoes with a sturdy grip if you intend to reach the summit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 April 2023
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tyla
Southend-on-Sea, UK6 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Spent the weekend in Ediburgh and this was absolutely my highlight. Gorgeous, gorgeous views and such a variety of experience. My girlfriend and I ascended up the regular path, we encountered plenty of others doing the same and returning. The path is very natural and really gives you the feel of adventure. We even encountered some brave joggers going up and down in the rain and fog!

At the top, it was unfortunately too foggy to take in the whole view, but the best part was yet to come! We decided to descend via a different path (towards Duddingston Loch) and ended up in a dream-like marsh seemingly only traversed by rabbits. We found a thin and somewhat dangerous path down (it had one set of bootprints so we knew it was ok!) and followed it. Bear in mind we had no climbing/walking shoes and it was raining, but we were fine. There was a moment when our view opened up to the Loch, and we watched the clouds part, and my God. It took my breath away and then some! Fantastic.

All in all, ascent was about an hour, descent was a bit longer but that was because of the path we took. Definitely recommend bringing water, and being ready for incredible views in all directions.
Written 15 February 2024
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J099
Derby, UK543 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Worth the hike up but walking boots a must.
Not sure which path we took up to the top but once you have literally srabbled and rock climbed to the top the views are amazing
Please wear walking boots/sturdy boots and take a jacket/hat/gloves as very cold at the summit.
To reach the summit you have to climb on jagged slippery rocks and the descent is even more challenging. Be careful not too loose your footing.
Worth the effort though for the fantastic views
Written 31 January 2024
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Mylilbeautiful
West Midlands, UK58 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Fab walk. It's tough but oh so worth the view. Very very windy when at the top.... Great excercise though 💪👣👣 popular place
Written 30 January 2024
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James D
Cape Town, South Africa156 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Really just a jaunt up a small hill but well worth the effort. It was wet, muddy and cold when I went but very manageable in trainers. The views are well worth the walk.
Written 24 January 2024
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Jenn and Mike
4 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Great strenuous hike straight up the steep side to the top , after having flown overnight from Canada to Edinburgh. Best thing we did to re energize after the flight.
Written 23 January 2024
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2 Beer Luvin Travellers
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK8 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We walked up on a very cold and windy day, with ice at the summit, which was ok , to get to the very top you do need to clamber up rocks, if you reach the lower plateau you still get excellent views ,There were different age groups reaching the top and there were people happy to take pics for you at summit.
Written 22 January 2024
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Emma B
Berwick upon Tweed, UK128 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
This was one hell of a walk, but work every second in the scorching hot sun!! Remember to wear suitable walking footwear and take a drink, maybe even food if you have children, they will need a snack to keep them going!

The views and adventure are definitely worth it though.
Written 19 January 2024
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Louicacba
Melbourne, Australia167 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We tried the 'short' path up which was really quite steep and had us breathing hard by the end. Rocks and dirt, no made path to speak of really. But oh my goodness, the view from the top across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth was well worth the effort. If you have a clear day, I would highly recommend walking up.
Written 17 January 2024
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annpenson
Birmingham, UK156 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
A must if you visit Edinburgh just to get to the top. A cold but sunny and bright day, a fabulous view once you reach the top.
Written 17 January 2024
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Emily D
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
It was quite a nice hike up the extinct volcano.
The views are amazing
Well worth the effort
Edinburgh is a lovely city with lots to do and fantastic food everywhere
Highly recommend
Written 15 January 2024
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