Explore the most popular trails near Edinburgh with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
4 days ago

30 min by car from Edinburgh center. Wonderful trail! Three mountains about 500 m high, step climp. On the last kilometers the trail is damaged, but u get around it.

hiking
9 days ago

Best hike ever, windy at the top, relatively easy, beautiful views on each side

hiking
11 days ago

Great views!

hiking
24 days ago

Great views, even if it was a little rainy.

hiking
28 days ago

A well trafficked trail with some elevation but still not terribly difficult on a nice day. Even on the calmest day it’s very windy at the top.

hiking
28 days ago

Excellent short hike! A Grand view on a nice day. Lots of well behaved dogs. A must do when in Edinburgh.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an awesome respite from the Royal Mile, though sometimes as crowded.

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

Beautiful walk down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile! Amazing architecture all the way!

on Arthur's Seat

1 month ago

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

on Arthur's Seat

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

Moderate level with wonderful views at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Nice wee walk

walking
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

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.

I asked our hotel clerk - tell me about walking here in Scotland. He looked puzzled. I clarified - you drive on the left... “Oh! he says, yeah, there are no rules. It’s a madhouse. Everyone for themselves.” If you don’t mind the rugby scrum of narrow pavement (sidewalks) with thousands of tourons (tourists + morons) then maybe you’ll enjoy the Royal Mile. The old architecture IS interesting, just too many people for my taste.

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Great Walk with stunning views!

4 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.

camping
5 months ago

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hiking
7 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
8 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.

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