Hike Up Arthur’s Seat

Take a hike up Arthur’s Seat and see views of Edinburgh unfold as you scale this ancient volcano. Set in the royal park next to Holyrood Palace, Arthur’s Seat is one of Edinburgh’s most iconic sights, with breathtaking views right out over the New Town and the Old Town.

The climb is steep and rocky in places, so make sure you wear proper hiking boots and bring plenty of water and snacks. There are a few different options for your walk, with longer and shorter options depending on your fitness levels.

The easiest way to reach the top is from the carpark at Dunsapie Loch, following the path all the way. For a more challenging route, start at the car park near the palace and take the three mile hike up to the peak.

Along the way, look out for beautiful plantlife and rock formations while enjoying views of the city and beyond. As you climb 251 metres above sea level, you’ll reach a large, 2,000 year old fort and the summit of the mountain. On a good day you’ll see right out across the Firth of Forth to the Ochil Hills, so remember to take your camera.

After hiking up Arthur’s Seat, spend some time exploring the Holyrood Park, looking out for the medieval St Anthony’s Chapel and the freshwater Duddingston Loch. If you’d prefer a quieter walk away from other tourists, climb up Crow Hill, Nether Hill or Whinny Hill instead.