Arthur's Seat
Arthur's Seat
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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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  • Johnny G
    Los Angeles, California27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice break from the city
    Arthur Seat is a good little break from the city. The hike itself is not difficult and their several peaks you can hike to. Once on top, you have a beautiful view of the city and all the wonderful architecture that encompasses Edinburgh. I recommend this after you’ve toured the city
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,065 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly wonderful experience
    Wonderful experience and a real highlight of my trip to Edinburgh. Only about 10 minute walk from city centre to get to start of the climb, such a huge area you can climb to the top from multiple locations. Climb is fairly steep in some areas and can be slippery so be very careful, maybe study path options if you have any mobility issues. I chose the one from the carpark next to the lake and that was tricky in some areas with the conditions. Gets very windy when you start to climb so take some warm clothes as it can be brutal up there with the chilli wind.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Claire-Alan
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands294 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great climb and view as a reward!
    We went there with our 10 and 13 years old kids. I would not particularly recommend it to families with very young kids - there is sometimes not a proper path and you need to climb on rocks. I am not particularly fit and was very proud I did climb to the top :)) The whole family loved it, and what a view at the end!! Beautiful. Also very nice to be in the nature and yet so close to the city.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Vanessa R
    Cork, Ireland58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just having some fun
    As I stood at the base of this great hill, I sighed and decided to just take landscape pictures as memories. I kept taking a few steps closer and closer on the path to the summit. It was a warm, sunny day. I watched groups and groups of people of all age groups laughing and climbing away. I kept following slowly and before I knew it...Hello Arthur's Seat. I also caught sight of a wild pheasant while heading downhill. It is an exhilirating experience to undertake as a personal milestone. I would love to do it all over again. The views from the top are unmatched. It does get quite crowded, especially right at the top. You do not need to be extremely fit to complete this one, but shoes with a good grip would definitely help you climb the last stretch of rocks. Do it at your own pace. Being a slow climber, it took me close to 45 minutes to get to the top and back down in under 15. There are several local bus connections including the hop on/off tour buses within 5 min walking distance.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • KiplingDynamite
    Wokingham, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of Edinburgh & surrounds
    It's a popular, busy walk, and has a few steeper sections that would be challenging for some older people or younger children. You need a reasonable level of fitness & balance - but easily doable for most people. Great views from the summit & fresh scottish air !
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Terry W
    Hamilton, Canada148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Completed the challenge of climbing Arthur's Seat.
    Amazing views of the city. The pathways are steep in some areas of the climb which took about 30 minutes to complete for an out of shape guy to do. One pathway is easier than the other 4 as it has less rocks on the climb. Recommend wearing sensible shoes as rocks are slippery on the pathway and comfortable pants as I was stupid enough to wear jeans which gave me some difficulty climbing up over the larger rocks. Be prepared for the descent down as you can be forced into a light jog because of the steep angle and force of gravity going down however you can make it down in about 15 minutes.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Diana H
    London, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This hill in middle of the city , very accessible if you are in Edinburgh,must visit and beautiful views
    There are couple of ways to go up, we choose the hardest 😊 by purpose as wanted to climb up the hill, the views are fantastic but very windy. We spent on the top around 10 minutes, took photos then climbed down,continued walking on the hill for about 1 hours . You can walk longer, can spend a nice day, steep hills otherwise.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 August 2023
  • sdang88
    Bridgend, United Kingdom465 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing view !
    What an amazing view to see the city !!!! Gotta say - it was well indeed tricky to get up !! As those rocks on the floor can be slippery ! As I was walking up , I’ve walked past at least 3 people that has slipped and fallen down a little. An achievement to get up the mountain and to stand at the top of the mountain is stunning feeling ! Words can’t describe !
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Karlo Zadravec
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even I could do it
    The seat is a spectacular view all around and gives the best idea of how beautiful Edinburgh is. I'm unfortunately out of shape yet even I was able to normally get up there with a break or two for pictures. It's honestly a must do if you really want to see the city and it's a great way to end the day or complete it after visiting Holyrood.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 September 2023
  • KristenD
    Chicago, Illinois24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get out in Nature and see Beautiful Views of Edinburgh
    Not too hard of a hike, but it was really pretty. Views of Edinburgh from the top were amazing. It was a nice activity not too far outside the city, but felt like you escaped the crowds and busyness while still experiencing something unique to Edinburgh.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
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Haijun L
Sammamish, WA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Arthur's Seat is an ancient extinct volcano, similar to the Castle Rock on which Edinburgh Castle is built. It is the largest and tallest among Edinburgh's volcano sites of special scientific interest and offers stunning panoramic views of the city. Hiking to the top was easy and took us about an hour and a half. On our way back down via Crow Hill, we visited the Innocent Railway Tunnel, the first railway tunnel in Scotland, which quickly became obsolete due to the progress of steam power. Salisbury Crags, lower in elevation and formed by a glacier moving from west to east during the Quaternary period, arguably offers even better panoramic views of Edinburgh's Old Town.
Written 4 July 2024
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opdobs
milwaukee, wisconsin8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I am very conflicted on this rating... The views are a 5! And I am proud of myself for making it to the top two points.

That being said:
I read about this climb and figured it wasn't a big deal. "People do it in flip-flops." "The elderly can do it."
That was not my experience. And while I am not young, I definitely not elderly.

I think we climbed a harder route than we had expected, but there was little-to-no signage at the site to guide a visitor, so we just ended up following the people in front of us.

Based on my reading, I expected a grassier, sloped-climb, and we were on a dusty, rocky, steep climb that I didn't know to be more prepared for. I thought it would be a lot of walking, but not the climb it was. There were a lot of trails in the park, but I was unsure of where they originated and where they would end up.

When finally reaching the very summit, there was no real trail at all. One simply climbed over slippy volcanic rock. So even if one got to that point on an easier trail, all climbers would still need to traverse a difficult climb at the summit.
But we made it and it was gorgeous at the top! I felt very accomplished!

But no rest for the weary, then came the descent! Coming down the summit on the volcanic rock was really scary and I spent a lot of time sliding down on my seat. While climbing up was hard, going down the trail was terrifying. I had to worry about slipping on all the loose rock. I was no longer breathing hard, but all my muscles were clenched to pay attention to each step I took.

I had read about easier trails, but I did not see them labeled, nor was anyone in the "visitor center" at the base. The map on side of the center did not orient a visitor to where they were in the park and so it was hard to understand where to go in general, let alone providing a visitor with climbing options.

It was a disappointing experience because I was unprepared for it.
While I would recommend it, I would want a visitor to know more what they were getting into. Go in knowing more than I did!! =)
Written 4 July 2024
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BE03883
Hasselt, Belgium33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
The references on internet mention a quite easy walk. I do not agree. It is a medium-range walk with some paths which are not always very well defined. You can spend easily 2 to 3 hours if you want to make the full walk with the 3 lakes … The views from the top and during the way up are amazing.
Written 2 July 2024
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Jim Harper
Edinburgh, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is such a great way to see the city. Holyrood Park is right in the middle of Edinburgh but it feels like you have gone into the highlands... rugged and gorse filled craggy cliffs and Arthur's seat soaring above you.

It's actually not that high and it will only take you around 45 minutes to walk up but you have to have a fair level of fitness as sections are quite steep. The view is worth it, though take a coat as it was blowing a gale when we were at the top.

We walked it twice while we were in Edinburgh - the second time just before sunset and the city was bathed in late evening sunshine. Gorgeous!
Written 26 June 2024
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Javier G
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Arthur’s Seat is the perfect hike for a taste of the Highlands without leaving the city. The climb might make you huff and puff like the Big Bad Wolf, but the panoramic view from the top is worth every step. Pack a little picnic and your camera; the vistas are Instagrammable! Just beware of the wind—it almost blew my kilt away (just kidding, I wore pants)!
Written 26 June 2024
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ShariLukens
Victoria, Canada205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Stunning when you make it to the top of this dead volcano but getting there is no small feat. Loose gravel and boulders create an obstacle course as you’re climbing. Definitely worth the effort but know what you’re in for.
Written 21 June 2024
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viviensly
London, UK216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
if you are worried about broken nails and slips; remember there is ice cream truck waiting for you at the exit.

took my 64 years old husband and I 2 hours slowly walking up and down. the top view was amazing.

Caution with runners and the free-palestine protestors at the parliament.
Written 17 June 2024
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Pioneer14646725842
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great hike that is easily accessible from the city. It was a bit steep at the very top -for context I am in my mid 50s and not particularly athletic. Would recommend good hiking shoes as the rocks can be slippery in rainy weather. Lots of people going up and down but well worth it. If you dont mind using trekking poles then bring them along to make it easy on your knees.
Written 11 June 2024
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Jennifer G
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Lovely walk with good views. Definitely worth doing if you are in Edinburgh.
Not suitable for anyone who might struggle with uneven surfaces.
It took us just over 1hr to go to the top and back with a few breaks to take pictures.
Written 10 June 2024
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Maps666659
East Sandwich, MA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Stunning views. It was an exhilarating hike to the top rewarded by powerful winds and 360 degree views. We chose to take a less traveled path down and it was incredibly green in contrast to the rock ascent. It was bucket list worthy.
Written 9 June 2024
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