Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Arthur's Seat Reviews: 4.5/5

Arthur's Seat
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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The area
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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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marco
Belfast, UK94 contributions
Stunning views
Sep 2021
A classic hike in Edinburgh, the 40 minutes it takes to reach the summit are well worth the stunning views over the city and its surroundings. The ascent isn't too steep and the terrain is easy enough so hiking boots aren't mandatory, but I recommend a grippy shoe as it's muddy in places. It's very windy at the top, so layer up!
Written 17 October 2021
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KABReading
Reading, UK181 contributions
Worth the climb as you get great views
Oct 2021
We followed a walk that took us up Salisbury Crag first and were knackered by the time made our way across to Arthur's Seat, a much easier rout is to follow the very clear well signposted path from the car park up to the top of Arthur's Seat.

But be warned it is a bit of a hike and you should be reasonably fit and have solid shoes on. But the views are definitely worth the effort.
Written 15 October 2021
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Neil
Comiac, France5 contributions
Great views.
Sep 2021
You can drive up by car but the walk is not strenuous and good exercise; we're in our 70s and managed fine. Well worth it for the beautiful views of Edinburgh Castle and the city. Choose good weather though.
Written 15 October 2021
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Jess K
8 contributions
Great Views, Decent Hike
Oct 2021
This was a lot of uphill hiking on designated paths. No need to wear intense gear but definitely bring lots of water. Views are nice and worth the trip up. Very windy though so it is a bit tough to celebrate at the top.
Written 14 October 2021
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Suraj
London, UK20 contributions
Top of Edinburgh - Amazing Views
Oct 2021
For a novice or non-hiker, this might be a difficult uphill trek/walk, but other hikers it's a easy climb with rewarding views as far as your eyes go. A 360 view to see The Bridges, the Firth of Forth, the distant hills and certianly all corners of Edinburgh city.
Written 14 October 2021
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Craig E
Manchester, UK1,727 contributions
Worth the walk up for the great views
Oct 2021 • Couples
Great walk up and the views from the top are incredible. Walk can be quite steep in parts, but they have lots of different routes, so the walk up can be pretty easy if you want it to be. Took us about 30 minutes to get to the top. The views over Edinburgh are incredible and make the walk worth it!
Written 13 October 2021
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Matthew P
Brighton and Hove, UK584 contributions
Top Attraction
Oct 2021
Fantastic walk right in the heart of the city. The walk is fairly easy except for the last 50 meters or so where it is quite steep and rocky but should be ok for any sure footed walker. 360 Views from the top are amazing with a marker stone pointing out various distant places. walk up is around 40 minutes at a leisurely pace and absolutely worth the effort.
Written 12 October 2021
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Bugs World Travels
7 contributions
Meh.
Oct 2021 • Couples
Meh. Nice views however be prepared. It’s not a leisurely stroll up the hill! Climbing. Hiking. Trekking. It’s cold AF and windy up top and hot AF to get there. If you’re faint of heart, not for you. Wear proper foot wear. Be prepared for rocks, mud and slippery rocks too.
Written 11 October 2021
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ChristinaMunches
Yeovil, UK20 contributions
Prepare for the weather!
Oct 2021 • Friends
Walked this peak yesterday with a friend. In nature, fail to prepare then you prepare to fail. It was raining buckets and I had only an umbrella for waterproofs, and no bottle of water. So I felt very stupid climbing in that weather, both dehydrated and soaked through.

HOWEVER it is absolutely stunning up there. You can get to the top within half an hour and the views are unbelievable. Go prepared and you'll have a great time.
Written 9 October 2021
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Milan J
London, United Kingdom52 contributions
Breath-taking experience
Sep 2021
What a fantastic experience. My wife and I loved this. Once you reach the top the views are incredible. Tips:

- allow about 2 hours as a minimum
- there are no lights so make sure you return to the ground before sunset
- wear comfortable trainers that have good grip!
- take your time walking as some parts are slippy
- it's easy to get into the zone looking down when hiking upwards but make sure you stop every 15 mins or so to catch your breath and also look at the views
- it's very windy at the top so wear something warm....even though you may be sweating when you get there!
Written 9 October 2021
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