Trying to find the best Edinburgh trails? AllTrails has 25 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Edinburgh, Balerno or Juniper Green, we've got you covered. For some great local park options, check out Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Local Nature Reserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 12 easy trails in Edinburgh ranging from 0.6 to 4.9 miles and from 52 to 921 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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trail running
3 days ago

Steep climb up to the top on gravel and fast downhill across grass trails. Would recommend making a slight detour up to one of the peaks for a some great scenery.

hiking
no shade
7 days ago

A beautiful hike - the climb is worth the views. Sneakers are ok but hiking boots are better. Trails are easy to follow - starts across from Holyrood Park.

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

Great morning to walk. There are multiple pathways to both the chapel and the summit at Arthur's Seat. The views were fantastic this morning - definitely a great hike to do to get a clear view of much of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. A bit windy at the top - layers were helpful early in the morning as I was a bit warm and then chilled at the summit. Glad I had a knit cap to help keep my head warm. A good pair of shoes is a suggestion - I saw a person skip and fall because she wasn't wearing shoes appropriate for hiking. Fortunately I think she was fine and she laughed it off.

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
15 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Well worth the short climb.

Great quick trail with excellent views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth

hiking
26 days ago

We make this hike every time we visit Edinburgh. Lovely flowers along the way and fantastic view from the top.

no shade
26 days ago

Great hike with rock climbing/scrambling options and easier flat incline paths. If your ears are sensitive to wind, I recommend a wrap since it gets gusty up there!

hiking
28 days ago

Great trek up this morning. Lovely views of the city of Edinburgh. Slightly slippy descending because of the rain, and inappropriate footwear - will know for next time!

the classic trail along the tops in the Pentland Hills, starting at Swanston Village (173m) and ending at Nine Mile Burn (275m), where there is a bus stop. On this occasion we had a coffee break at Flotterstone (196m). The trail goes over Allermuir Hill (493m), Turnhouse Hill (506m), Carnethy Hill (573m), Scald Law (579m), East Kip (534m) and West Kip (551m) before decending to Nine Mile Burn (275m). Ascent is about 970m and descent about 870m. This is part of the Pentlands Path and is sign posted. The path is rough underfoot with two short sections on metalled road (at Flotterstone and at Nine Mile Burn). Including breaks it took us about 7 hours walking. There are two historic sites immediately adjacent to the trail: Castle Law, a stone age settlement and Rullion Green, the site of the Battle of Rullion Green 28 November 1666.

hiking
1 month ago

Worthwhile views; nice steady climb; trail maintenance is poor for one that gets as much traffic as this one. Erosion has left some high steps and the paths to the side are likely to get slippery when wet. The picture is that of a chapel near the start of the trail. It has the only signage on the trail. A trail near the north face had been closed with a rock slide when we were there; it was well marked as such.

great city. alot of history.

My first time on May 2nd, 2019. it was a good hike totally worth the effort. I m overweight and not in great shape( working on it

hiking
closed
scramble
1 month ago

Rampage road was closed due to a rockslide. The view from the top is worth the climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly easy for people with good level of fitness. 251m High. Amazing 360 degree view of Edinburgh city centre at the top. Think I’ve climbed Arthur’s Seat around 5-6 times, it’s always a fun thing to do when visiting the capital.

This walk is lovely. We got a good day yesterday. There’s a few diversions in place due to the paths needing repaired due to the land movement and signs are few and far between. Some signs are yellow and white for the diversions. Overall great day and we got amazing weather for it! Bring plenty snacks and water. I will point out there are hardly any bins so bring a bag for your rubbish especially if you’re willing to help clear up the rubbish others have dropped. Walk took us nearly 6 hours from start (Balerno) to finish (Leith) with stops for photos and refreshments.

hiking
1 month ago

a great walk. plenty of fabulous views. dog friendly. took our time and enjoyed all the views. could definitely be done faster.

Nice path along the river through Edinburgh. Well paved so wasn't difficult. We walked from Dean Village to Leith which was only about 5K but saw some really nice views along the water. It took about 60-90mins to walk it. A nice way to see Edinburgh.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, need a fair amount of effort to get to the top. Worth it for the views. lots of different trails to get to the top

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views overlooking Edinburgh. Little crowded, but you can make this as easy of a walk or tough as a hike as you want.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with a great view. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy the view for an hour. The only downside is that there is such heavy traffic. There are a few side trails with other peaks that you can go to to get away from the crowd. They are all in view and easy to get to. Be careful as the rock on the seat summit is VERY slick. Some of the other hills has small loose rock that slip underneath you very easily. All in all, if you’re in Edinburgh, it’s a must do.

on Arthur's Seat

hiking
2 months ago

Worth it for the view!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

nature trips
2 months ago

We adore this route! It’s perfect to enjoy a time with your dogs and it’s very easy. Yo have the sea and the forest at the same time

When you pass the stone stile and gate, and it says "Take the path to the left up and over Harbour Hill", you pass through another gate at this point - you're almost turning back on yourself.

walking
2 months ago

Great view. Peaceful place to be !

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

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