Arthur's Seat is a 3.7 kilometer loop trail located near Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 3.7 km Elevation Gain: 253 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

muddy

Note: As of May 2019, the Rampage Road is CLOSED due to a rockslide. However you should be able to make a detour to this trail. Experience a proper hill walk in the heart of the city. Arthur's Seat's rocky summit towers over Edinburgh, with fabulous views in all directions, and the extensive parkland surrounding it is an oasis of calm as a retreat from the busy city. Arthur's Seat is the highest of a group of hills, formed from the remains of a volcano, that make up Holyrood Park. The summit is 251 metres high and surprisingly rocky and wild for a hill in the centre of a major city. Although it is popular, it still feels like a real get away from it all place.

hiking
13 days ago

lovely thing to do while in Edinburgh

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely stunning views! Mornings are better for hikers. Towards noon we started to see folks hiking that were dressed in things better suited to shopping in the city. It also got very crowded later in the day.

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rocky
16 days ago

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17 days ago

Beautiful hike. One of my favorite hikes I’ve ever taken!

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rocky
18 days ago

Trail was easy and smooth. bit of a rocky climb to the top!

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rocky
19 days ago

Beautiful view of the city! A must do!

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21 days ago

Was a great walk! Amazing views of the city!

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no shade
1 month 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.

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no shade
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Well worth the short climb.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

no shade
1 month 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
1 month 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!

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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.

2 months ago

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

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scramble
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

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2 months 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

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2 months 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.

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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.

hiking
2 months ago

Worth it for the view!

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2 months ago

3 months ago

great hike:)

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blowdown
4 months ago

Great walk for some urban exploring. Stunning 360 degree views of Edinburgh and beyond. Perfect if you have an hour or so free for a walk, jog, run that incorporates a bit of nature too.

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4 months ago

Amazing! Depending on weather that day/day before, path could be very muddy and slick. VERY windy at top the day I did it but definitely part of the experience.

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