Arthur's Seat

MODERATE 84 reviews

Arthur's Seat is a 2.3 mile 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
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
830 feet
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.

hiking
3 days 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
7 days ago

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

1 month 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
3 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
5 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
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great views of the city.

8 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!

9 months ago

Awesome hike. Great views of Edinburgh.

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Loved this trail!! Views amazing!!

10 months ago

beatiful views! easy climb with lots of options.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing! Great view, great hike, totally recommend!

hiking
11 months ago

Great walking trails with amazing view at the top.

11 months ago

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

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

My wife and I did this early one morning before the crowds came. We took the more rocky path closer to the city side on the way up. It proved to be a reasonably good workout (we're casual hikers) and took the grassy path cutting through the hills on the way down.

This hike is worth it. The view at the top, while can be tough to reach, is worth it, especially if the weather is good.

Try to go early (before 10am) to avoid the crowds. Otherwise, the trail and top are heavily trafficked and make it hard to take pictures.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Amazing route. A good little job/run 3/4 up then be careful of the stone steps. Amazing day without a single cloud in the sky!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Friday, March 10, 2017

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Was windy but very worth the view.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

very windy!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

It was tough for beginners but absolutely worth it. So much fun with the varying terrain and altitudes but still very doable with its well marked paths. Absolutely gorgeous views!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Great trail. Rugged in places, but mostly easy. An excellent way to see Edinburgh.

hiking
Friday, August 01, 2014

This was my second time hiking in the UK, and this park / trail system offers two grand views high above Edinburgh, Scotland. The first is the top of Arthurs Seat, a dormant volcano right in the middle of Edinburgh. The second is along the ridge / crags that truly overlook the city. Would recommend, if you travel to Edinburgh, this is required hiking.

hiking
Saturday, August 31, 2013

A nice wee walk and a fantastic way to see all of Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

hiking
Saturday, August 31, 2013

A great way to take a break from the city without leaving the city! The summit gives you a lot of nice views of both nature and the city. Highly recommend if you're in the city for any period of time!

hiking
3 days ago

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