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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About
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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  • 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 Kingdom43 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
  • markAlan S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic out of season walk
    Most reviews will be based on the easy tourist route, however there are plenty other routes up with more interest, there is a scramble which requires the use of hands, not too difficult but great fun! The summit is very good which is better than many Munro's, Please note it's a bit tricky in wet conditions due to the wet rock, I have seen a few slips! It gets very busy during the summer months so if you don't like crowds go off season, I have had the summit to myself twice a magical experience, I highly recommend this walk as it isn't often you can walk on a extinct volcano with views over a fantastic city.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Dell L
    Austin, Texas27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views at Arthur’s Seat
    While not always easy, this hike is worth the effort. With a panoramic view of Edinburgh, the sea, and Holyrood, this hike will take your breath away. It can be crowded but there’s plenty of room to roam the green hills. Wear comfortable shoes and take water and enjoy the best of Edinburgh.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
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SophieAndCallum
Buxted, UK298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
A must for a trip to Edinburgh!

We hiked up to Arthur's Seat at sunrise. It was 100% worth the early, dark morning walk for the view a the top!

The radical road is closed currently due to a rock slide but you can use the alternative route. It is super easy to navigate your way to the top. The route is relatively strenuous but short enough that most people will be absolutely fine. It took us about 20-25 minutes from the Scottish Parliament to the top. However, we climb bigger, steeper hills quite regularly so I would anticipate it to take a little longer for someone less used to the gradients.

Wear a good pair of hiking boots, or at the very least trainers with grip as it can get a little slippy. Suitable cold weather clothing at this time of year is also advisable! The wind chill at the top is pretty nippy!!

Stunning views of Edinburgh, the coast and the surrounding countryside from the top. 100% recommend going at sunrise, it was relatively quiet with only a few hikers choosing the same time of day as us. On our way back down, it was obvious from the number of people going up that it gets a lot busier a bit later in the morning
Written 8 January 2022
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Hannah M
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
We climbed Arthur's Seat just before sunrise so that we could see the beauty of the city as the first light spread over it.
Absolutely gorgeous views. Definitely recommend researching the best route first! If you're not a confident hiker then it's probably best to go during daylight hours. Bring a hat because it's pretty windy at the top but definitely worth it.
Written 5 September 2020
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Eloise J
Castleford, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The most amazing views in Edinburgh. Beware - it is extremely windy at the top. I'd highly recommend (as I did) carefully getting your pictures and then promptly finding a spot in the rocks to sit. I've inserted a picture of me at the top of Arthur's Seat to accurately depict the wind. Safe to say, as soon as the picture was taken, I planted myself firmly back in a cubby hole in the rocks! Me and my partner love hiking, so we went equipped with a backpack (drinks, plasters, coats etc) and walking boots. However, many did not. I'd HIGHLY recommend walking boots at the very least as it is quite rocky and slippy towards the top. I found that had I not been wearing my walking boots, I wouldn't have been able to plant my feet quite so firmly and probably had a good chance of slipping. The uphill walk is so worth it when you reach the top and get the best view of such a beautiful city. I'd give yourself a good 2 hours to complete the walk. Enjoy!
Written 29 October 2021
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MapleRidgeMalf
Maple Ridge, Canada144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Arthur’s Seat is visible from many places around Edinburgh. If you are on the Royal Mile, go to the park just behind the Queen’s Residence at the bottom of the Mile, and you can cross a park to the base of the Seat. We went on a cloudy, but not rainy day in January and it was delightful. There are several paths around and up to explore. A couple of the steep ones were closed when we were there due to avalanches, however there were still lots to see. The top part is scrambling up some rocks that can be a bit slippery but the view at the top is really worth it. We drove there and paid for parking in the lot closest to the park, however afterwards we discovered that there were several other places to park that were free.
Written 4 February 2020
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breweruk
Brookmans Park, UK3,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It's just a 45 minute walk from the city centre and offers spectacular 360 degree views of the coast and the city. Boots recommended. The path can be steep in parts, and there are some bits where you have to scramble a little near the top. Well worth doing. We did a circular walk heading back via the Sheep Heid Inn at Duddingston and then back around the Loch along the disused Innocent Railway. Seven miles round trip, although you can do it in a lot less than that if you just go straight there and back.
Written 14 January 2020
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Tony Ruddle
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
Arrived 4 pm on a sunny afternoon with torrential storm coming for next two days. So set off at 5 pm - as an over 70 year old took me about 50 minutes steady tramping up but well worth the stunning 360 degree views.
Made extra special when the Red Arrows flew over at 7pm all colours streaming for a belated VJ Day celebration.
Met a dad and 4 year old girl from Denmark on my way up. So if reasonably fit and persevering you can do it.
Written 25 August 2020
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you fancy a bit of hillwalking without leaving the city, Edinburgh’s extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat is for you. The path to the summit is signposted, or just follow the string of hillwalkers who all have the same plan. It’s especially popular at weekends. Higher up, the path becomes uneven and rocky, so appropriate footwear is required. At the top it’s very windy , but the views are magnificent.
Written 7 February 2020
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Gogs Rossi
Edinburgh, UK780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
How lucky we are to have this extinct lump of volcanic rock close at the centre of our city.
Having lived in Edinburgh for many years I have dragged many a visitor to the summit and none have been disappointed. Whatever the weather the summit offers fantastic 360 degrees views of the city and the surrounding Edinburgh. Another fantastic thing is the number of routes to the top. Some of which are steeper than other.
A word of warning a good pair of shoes should be worn for the walk as the surface on the walk is uneven and can be muddy.
Written 18 February 2020
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Christopher H
Ashford, UK256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
A trip to Edinburgh wouldn't be complete without a trek up Arthur's Seat, at 250m it's not for the less able unfortunately but is worth the walk if you can.
I was lucky with the weather as day before it rained all day but with views across the city and countryside it was amazing.
There are a few routes up, I walked from the Scottish parliament along a slow but long incline which gets steeper towards top, the way down from the north side is a set of old stone stairs, in even and some are quiet the step but would be easier at a slow pace. Also parking is near the start of these.
Written 19 February 2020
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Benjamin A
Edinburgh, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
It is not a hard climb at all, but it can be a windy one. Like anywhere in Scotland if its not the height of summer make sure to pack a jacket, and a hat to keep the wind from stinging your ears. But the 360 degree view is worth it even if it ends up being a cold and windy day, and if not there are a couple of good spots to sit and relax while looking down on the city. A great spot to bring a picnic to eat on one of the many grassy knolls.
Written 24 February 2020
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