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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Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood 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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  • SophieAndCallum
    Buxted, United Kingdom164 contributions
    Breathtaking!
    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 January 8, 2022
  • Em240593
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom301 contributions
    Not the easiest of terrain but worth it
    Similarly to Calton Hill, we were told about this by a family member and suggested it would be a great chance to experience something outside and get in some more great views of the area. I'm not afraid to say that I struggled a little on the way up with a lot of uneven terrain and crumbly steps but persevered because I really wanted to check out the views at the top. I'm not the fittest of people and when google described it was being " slightly strenuous" I was surprised that I found it as hard as I did but I'm proud of myself for doing it. I wasn't expecting to see so many little kids doing the walk up but I guess they are pretty fearless compared to me! At the very top there is a white pillar which had unfortunately had graffiti on it which is such a shame as the surrounding area is full of nature. I was surprised to see quite a lot of broken glass on the way too which is a harsh reminder of how horrible some humans can be. Without a doubt the views were great at the top, and it was good to be able to say I'd done it but was definitely pleased when I was back on even ground again! The walk down was a bit easier than the way up but would definitely recommend trainers or good walking shoes as everything is quite uneven and saw a few people take a tumble at some points. On the way back down it had started to rain so was pleased that we went up when it was dry even though it was a bit more windy that I'd have liked but the rain didn't seem to put off many people and it was becoming fairly busy. If you like walking, and you're okay with uneven terrain I would definitely recommend coming up to Arthur's Seat as it offers the best views of the city. I wouldn't have liked to have done this on my own, so i was very grateful to have my boyfriend there to help me up along the way!
    Written August 7, 2021
  • Eloise J
    Castleford, United Kingdom12 contributions
    Mesmorising Views of Edinburgh
    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!
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2021
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AndrewYew
Singapore, Singapore4,708 contributions
Jul 2022
There are a few ways to go up Arthur's Seat, some of them can be very dangerous. The easiest way to go up is the tourist route (to the left, past St Margaret's Well) which is gentle and safe. It can get very windy. You can get a closer and nicer view of the city if you take the route back above the Salisbury Crags. This is a nicer place to be as the crowd will be a small fraction of that at the summit. The road below the Salisbury Crags have been blocked off for safety reasons.
Written July 22, 2022
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Michael M
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Apr 2022
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 climb to the top takes around twenty minutes possibly 10 if your a young person.. but its well worth it just for the breath taking views of the city and surrounding areas the is a tour guide version but we choose not to do this on the day.. suggest you also do it when its dry ..
Written May 3, 2022
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Kelsey
Puyallup, WA8 contributions
Jun 2022
To make the most of your trip, I would recommend planning a bit ahead according to the weather, and choosing your route up according to the fitness level of your party.

We took a short, steep route up to Arthur's Seat, starting around 8am. On the Holyrood Park map pdf, it is labeled as the zigzag path. This route was challenging for me considering I'm not in great shape, but despite pausing for water a few times we were able to reach the top in about 30 minutes and it was not too strenuous. My calves hurt the next day though! The path we took down seems to be called the "summit path" and was much more gradual so might be better suited to those looking for a nice walk.

It was a lovely partly cloudy day, and it became extremely windy the higher we climbed, so bring a hair tie and hold on to your hat near the top. I don't have hiking boots, so I wore running shoes up to the top and didn't experience a problem going up, but going down the same way it might have been nice to have extra ankle support. The view from the top was lovely and allowed you to see all surrounding areas.
Written July 3, 2022
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Jill S
Marburg, Germany165 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
One of my top 3 experiences in Edinburgh. From the castle it’s about a 15 minute walk to the trailhead and then there are different paths to choose from. When I went they had a sign directing traffic to the most direct hike, which is steady uphill, but all roads lead to the seat eventually if you have time to burn. Most of the trails lead through valleys that block out most of the city (until you get higher up) so it’s a lovely excursion into a totally different world and a nice break from city life without having to drive or train anywhere. And it’s free!

The trails are often loose rock with stone stairs in particularly steep bits. I wore boots but plenty of people were just in trainers.
Written May 29, 2022
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SiberianEmo
Omsk, Russia142 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
May in Edinburgh is renowned for its ephemeral weather. It might be sunny, yet chilly; it will be overcast, but you will sweat when wearing a jacket. The winds might be brutal, making all that hair product go to waste.
Arthur's Seat is a highest point of the Holyrood Park. Even though it is a stone throw from the Holyroodhouse Palace, I would not recommend combing visits to those two together. The visit to the palace will take a few hours and will probably drain the energy. I would suggest visiting the Arthur's Seat earlier in the morning or after having a light lunch after you still have energy for a hike.
There are many tributary trails, so for those who love to hike, will spend longer time exploring the park. There are also many view points and amazing flowers, so photographers will enjoy the outing.
For those who love history, there are the ruins of ak old church. Explore those!
The last part of the trail to the Arthur's Seat is a bit steep. If you are not an experienced hiker, stay on the main path, as the side routes are rocky, unmentioned, amd crumble under your feet. Also, wear athletic shoes (my addiction to Vans nearly ruined a new pair on the climb).
Written July 2, 2022
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Angela R
2 contributions
Nov 2021
I’ve hiked this several times while visiting Edinburgh and have had a different experience each time. Whether its raining, sunset, or night time with a headlamp, it’s ALWAYS so beautiful. Worth the short climb.
Written November 28, 2021
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Ella
London, UK2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Amazing views over the city, if you're visiting Edinburgh I highly recommend visiting Arthur's seat. There are many routes you can take to the highest point and very rewarding once you reach the top. Truely breath taking.
Written September 29, 2022
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Hayden
Clive, IA22 contributions
Mar 2022
Of course, the first thing that comes up when you look for something to do in Edinburgh is Arthur's seat. So we had to see what the hype was all about. Coming from two inexperienced hikers from the plains of Iowa this hike was... doable. Definitely worth it once we got to the top and experienced the views. On our way up we met a lovely man and his dog Alfie who has his own Instagram where they post photos of other hikers they meet from all around the world. He told us they do the hike every day for Alfie's daily walk which I could not imagine! He also gave us some great pointers on the best route and then other things to do when we were in Edinburgh. Once we got to the top the wind had really picked up and I felt like we were going to get blown over, but that is to be expected at 800ft. We went down a grassy area and walked back around a little pond where there were a ton of pigeons, swans, geese, ducks, you name the waterfowl they were probably there. Overall it was a great hike and lovely despite the windy weather.
Written March 15, 2022
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vdsl90
Toronto, Canada434 contributions
May 2022
we were most delighted when we finally reached the top of hill where the Arthur's seat was. the amazing city of Edinburgh was in full display. everywhere we turned, we enjoyed its natural landscapes.
must wear proper hiking shoes and bring extra wind breaker. allow at least 1.5 to 2 hours to thoroughly appreciate its splendours. must visit.
Written May 5, 2022
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Trevor S
28 contributions
Aug 2021
What a gem to have on the edge of your city! The hill looks great from below, but after a medium difficulty 45 minutes climb, the views over the city and the Firth of Forth are spectacular. The most popular route very crowded the day we went, but there are plenty of other paths. Be aware that much of the climb is on rock, which can be slippery when wet. Suitable footwear is a must!
Written August 21, 2021
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