Arthur's Seat

MODERATE 64 reviews

Arthur's Seat is a 3.9 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
180 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

views

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
8 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great views of the city.

2 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!

4 months ago

Awesome hike. Great views of Edinburgh.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this trail!! Views amazing!!

4 months ago

beatiful views! easy climb with lots of options.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing! Great view, great hike, totally recommend!

hiking
6 months ago

Great walking trails with amazing view at the top.

6 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
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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!

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
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.

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