Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh: Tickets, Tours, 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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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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San Dra
Hamilton, UK12 contributions
Cracking View
May 2021 • Couples
Love walking Arthur's Seat rain, hail or snow. Great wee walk with cracking views. Anyone can do this walk and many various ways to the top
Written June 13, 2021
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martygembo
Edinburgh39 contributions
The Brithoni Lost but we all win
Jun 2021
In the Godothin the Tribe got such a routing they had to go to Wales but don’t let this stop you climbing Arthur’s Seat as it was along time ago.
Written June 12, 2021
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Ammar
London, UK8 contributions
Beautiful, yet scary if you're fearful of heights!
Jun 2021
Two routes to get up there - takes approx. 45mins. I didn't go to the top as I am scared of heights however managed 80% so not too bad. Remember to take your camera for the stunning views!
Written June 11, 2021
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LAC162
Cambridge, UK43 contributions
Just a fabulous moment
Jun 2021
Climbing Arthur's Seat was on my bucket list. Just a fabulous few hours and amazing views. Weather was incredible. Great day.
Written June 10, 2021
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Martin B
3 contributions
Excellent Views
Jun 2021
A great uphill walk. It is a decent incline, but the fantastic views at the top are well worth the wait. It is great to see a city in the UK , which has plenty of countryside. Highly recommend.
Written June 10, 2021
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Claire D
Melton Mowbray, UK114 contributions
Very step in places and gravely too but worth it
Jun 2021 • Family
I came to Edinburgh to do this hill and I wasn't disappointed
I didnt quite make it to the top but I did get a fairway up there. Better shoe would have helped but that was my own fault. The path is very step and its gravel underfoot. I did my self slip a couple of times on the way down but the view was worth it.
Written June 10, 2021
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Faithalicious_x
London, UK525 contributions
Sunset hike was the best thing I did in Edinburgh
Jun 2021 • Solo
Absolutely loved climbing Arthur’s seat and watching the sun set on a clear summer’s eve. The colours were phenomenal as were the 360 views! Even if you don’t get all the way to the top, there are plenty of viewpoints that can be enjoyed along the way.

The hike itself is fairly easy - some basic fitness is required - but ultimately can be done at whatever pace you choose. For an average person it takes about 45 mins to an hour from Old Town, so fo factor that in if you are going for sunset.

There are various different paths you can take, some are gradual and slower, others faster and steeper. Signage could be better as to which path is which but you can more or less tell from the ground. The hike can be done in trainers/flat shoes but hiking boots would be more sturdy. The ground is quite loose, at least in summer.

I hiked alone as a woman and felt totally safe the entire time, there were people on the trail and at the top. Whilst I wouldn’t say it was busy, it was by no means secluded.
Written June 8, 2021
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topcat1972
Redcar, UK649 contributions
Great views from the top
Jun 2021
It is quite hard going at times due to the big stones and lots of gravel so can be quite slippy in the wrong shoes. Excellent views from the top of the surrounding area. Well worth a visit
Written June 8, 2021
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Taylor R
St. Andrews, UK76 contributions
Amazing view
Jun 2021
It is worth the difficult climb to the top! The experience is simply breathtaking! But beware the wind at the top - it will nearly knock you over.
Written June 7, 2021
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Irina G
Aylesbutry, UK68 contributions
Great place to visit, stunning view to Edinburgh
Jun 2021
Amazing view to the City, beautiful surroundings!
Highly recommend to climb up and discover yourself!
Written June 7, 2021
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