Arthur's Seat

MODERATE 112 reviews

Arthur's Seat is a 3.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
253 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

muddy

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.

14 hours ago

Awesome!!!! Can’t beat the views. Good climb.

6 days ago

Great view! Challenging when it rains. Enjoyed it amok! Excellent views of the city!

11 days ago

great view and well worth the climb.
easy to do in less than 2 hours even with stopping for a short rest along the way.

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing hike! I'm not an experienced, nor frequent, hiker so this was quite intense. If you do take this on I would recommend a good pair of hiking shoes and a rain jacket! The wind is also pretty crazy at the top, but the views of the city are completely worth it.

trail running
15 days ago

Great as part of a longer walk around the capital. I walked up and ran down. Quite foggy at the top!

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike but depending on your level, it can be quite strenuous. Go to the right when the trail splits at the beginning for level gradually inclining trail but be prepared for steps and a bit of scrambling to make it to the top of Arthur’s Seat. High winds, too, when we went (about 30-40 kph). There are tons of other breakaway trails for alternate views - all are great.

hiking
30 days ago

Moderate level with wonderful views at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this as a “spur of the moment” thing when we visited the Scotland monument. Beautiful little walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice wee walk

walking
1 month ago

Amazing views! Took my 11 year old daughter up and we both took 1000 photos of Edinburgh! :) Do not skip this hike on a visit to Edinburgh! Second time here and stuck to the castle and art galleries and shopping last time. This hike honestly really made Edinburgh sing to me on a level waaay beyond the castle and sites. Do it!

hiking
1 month ago

Suggested by a local to climb clockwise vs the steps. The advise was great. More enjoyable to climb rocks vs. the hundreds of steps.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy walk. Took me half an hour to get to the top, not a major incline. Nice views but very crowded at the top.

2 months ago

Absolutely worth the climb. The views are great at every point, but when you get to the top and get the 360 degree perspective, it’s truly beautiful. Wonderful to have a wilderness experience so close to the city streets of Edinburgh.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views and a nice way to escape some of the hordes of tourists in Edinburgh (not all of them tho). Clockwise gets you to the top faster (along a sloping path), but you have to come down the “infinite steps,” which were a bit slick. Obviously counter-clockwise means you climb the uneven, stone steps that, seriously, seemed to last forever!

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike with great views of the entire city. Don’t wear nice shoes.

3 months ago

It was a great place to see and do in Edinburgh, Scotland. I highly recommend taking the time to hike up to Arthur’s Seat, the views of the city are worth the hike.

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hiking
6 months ago

Simply stunning. Trail starts not far from downtown Edinburgh. After the brief walk through the charming city, the climb starts on a well maintained trail that takes you up through the hills to a killer payoff of sweeping views of the city and coastline. Short spur trails hide other gems as well including ruins of an old stone structure that overlooks the city (relatively early on hike). I highly recommend exploring some of these. The hike is rated as moderate, which I think is fair, but as others noted, it could get very muddy if there’s been rain. Could be a bit of scrambling if you choose, but mostly on side trails. We started our hike at 7 am and were rewarded with arresting views of the sun coming up over the city. As good as it gets.
We’ve been in Europe for a week, and have done and seen a lot. This was by far the best thing we’ve done. You will not be disappointed.

hiking
7 months ago

The wind was crazy at the top, but I have never seen anything this beautiful. I did this trail with a group of girls while doing study abroad. This was the best day for us. All of us had a blast and are still talking about it.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great views of the city.

10 months ago

Awe-freakin-some! Amazing view of the area. I was fortunate enough to start chatting with a local whose knowledge of the area was amazing!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Awesome hike. Great views of Edinburgh.

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Great walk, took a different track coming down and the track i took was rocky and pretty steep coming down.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Loved this trail!! Views amazing!!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

beatiful views! easy climb with lots of options.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fun little climb with a great view of the city at the peak.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Amazing! Great view, great hike, totally recommend!

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great walking trails with amazing view at the top.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

I'm so glad I hiked Arthur's Seat. This was my favorite part of my trip to Edinburgh. Amazing views! Great exercise.

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