Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Arthur's Seat Reviews: 4.5/5

Arthur's Seat
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. Situated within Holyrood Park, as well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points. The park has several Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designations due to its exceptional range of grassland habitats and its internationally important volcanic geology. Ranger service on site.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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ARoberts
Northallerton, UK271 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Lovely walk up and around Arthur’s seat! It was a cold morning, extremely icy on the paths and seen plenty of people fall over! Recommend good sturdy walking shoes/boots in the winter!
Written 17 January 2022
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ZZZammy
Maisons-alfort14 contributions
Jul. 2021
How wonderful to have such an amazing natural feature in the heart of the city. Quite a reasonable beginner-friendly 30-minute hike/climb to the seat with panoramic views all around. Lots of walking to be had around the park as well if the climb to the top is not for you. Very cheap parking just across the road and a quick walk into town after.
Written 17 January 2022
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Sylvia Y
4 contributions
Dec. 2021
We love trecking and this place is amazing! What a view from the top. Edinburgh's beauty can easily be captured from this place. Free refreshing air too!!
Written 16 January 2022
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Cynthia S
Halifax, Canada147 contributions
Dec. 2021
This is a relatively easy climb on well-travelled paths. I have a bit of vertigo but it wasn't scary at all. The view is worth the effort for sure. There were women climbing in not so sensible shoes, but sneakers are best.
Written 14 January 2022
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lauraannemitchell
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK14 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Amazing views are spectacular I can't wait to do this walk again. Wear walking boots for this climb very muddy
Written 13 January 2022
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susan andrew
Musselburgh, UK2 contributions
Jan. 2022
Great walking and superb views over the city. No matter what time of year you’ll be blown away by this beautiful area in the heart of our beautiful city.
Written 10 January 2022
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SophieAndCallum
Uckfield, UK131 contributions
Jan. 2022
A must for a trip to Edinburgh!

We hiked up to Arthur's Seat at sunrise. It was 100% worth the early, dark morning walk for the view a the top!

The radical road is closed currently due to a rock slide but you can use the alternative route. It is super easy to navigate your way to the top. The route is relatively strenuous but short enough that most people will be absolutely fine. It took us about 20-25 minutes from the Scottish Parliament to the top. However, we climb bigger, steeper hills quite regularly so I would anticipate it to take a little longer for someone less used to the gradients.

Wear a good pair of hiking boots, or at the very least trainers with grip as it can get a little slippy. Suitable cold weather clothing at this time of year is also advisable! The wind chill at the top is pretty nippy!!

Stunning views of Edinburgh, the coast and the surrounding countryside from the top. 100% recommend going at sunrise, it was relatively quiet with only a few hikers choosing the same time of day as us. On our way back down, it was obvious from the number of people going up that it gets a lot busier a bit later in the morning
Written 8 January 2022
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VforVinay
New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India69 contributions
Dec. 2021
it takes an hour to reach there from the start of the park. It is super windy and tends to get crowded as day progresses. But all in all worth it. Hike is easy to moderate depending on one's fitness. Not to be attempted when raining or immediately after rains.
Written 4 January 2022
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RandRCalifornia
Santa Clarita, CA594 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
If all the happy doggies running about this trail can do this hike - so can you ! The trail is fairly straightforward following an incline with only a few rocky and trickier spots near the top. You’ll need athletic shoes or boots - I saw some fashionable shoes trying to not get ruined on this trail - without much luck. The view from the top is worth going up. There is no shortage of tourists and locals and pooches making this climb even in December. The morning sun gave way to the inevitable drizzle which did not deter people but it does get very muddy in spots and I did see someone slip and fall on the wet rocks. Luckily for us , the rain started 3/4 of the way back down. Try and choose this activity when the sun is out 😊
Written 4 January 2022
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123Steve1963
Bradford, UK54 contributions
Dec. 2021
I had read beforehand that suitable footwear is a must for this trip and I'm so glad we followed this advice. The walk up is strenuous but not overhard until very near the top. It's the last bit that is the hardest because of the roughness of the terrain and, when we visited, the numbers up there. The views from the top are great although they are also pretty good from part way up if the last bit is too tough. This visit was one of my "bucket list" that is now ticked off. If I go again it will be on a warmer Summers day. Not surprisingly it is extremely windy on the top - the day we went it wasn't windy in Edinburgh itself - so be prepared for that also
Written 3 January 2022
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