Explore the most popular walking 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.

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
25 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
29 days ago

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

1 month ago

Great Walk with stunning views!

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.

camping
2 months ago

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hiking
4 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
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great views of the city.

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!

It has been a number of years since my visit, but I distinctly remember this beautiful and unique city. I first explored parts of Old Town from Holyrood House to the Edinburgh Castle. It is easy to feel that you have stepped back in time several centuries, with many remnants of the medieval street plan and architecture. I then headed down the hill to Princes and George Streets in New Town, and the bustling mix of modern day set among the wonderful 18th-century Georgian architecture.

10 months ago

Awesome hike. Great views of Edinburgh.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Loved this trail!! Views amazing!!

on Arthur's Seat

10 months ago

beatiful views! easy climb with lots of options.

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing! Great view, great hike, totally recommend!

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great walking trails with amazing view at the top.

A must do. Very crowded. Easy.

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.

Easy walk but very crowded

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.

Steady incline up to the castle.

Steady incline up to the castle.

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!

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Friday, March 10, 2017

walking
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It's a beautiful place for a walk. There are lots of great shops along the way including everything from tourist shops to a store where it's Christmas every day. Also be sure to stop at any places along the way that sell fudge. Best fudge I ever had was on the Royal Mile. The castle is the highlight of the mile and offers beautiful views of the entire city.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Was windy but very worth the view.

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