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.
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1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood 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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Angela R
2 contributions
Best view of the city!!
Nov 2021
I’ve hiked this several times while visiting Edinburgh and have had a different experience each time. Whether its raining, sunset, or night time with a headlamp, it’s ALWAYS so beautiful. Worth the short climb.
Written 28 November 2021
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JK4226
Cambridgeshire, UK25 contributions
Stunning Views
Nov 2021 • Friends
This was our favourite thing we did in Edinburgh. We walked the red route, which is strenuous enough but not too strenuous that it should put anyone off who has a moderate fitness level. Trainers are fine but parts of the walk become slippery if it’s wet or has been wet. Near the summit becomes very steep. At the top it was very windy. The views all the way up are great but from the top it was stunning. It was a comfortable two hour circular walk from the car park near Holyrood, and that allowed for plenty of time at the top. If we’d had more time, it would have been nice to explore some of the other walking routes around the park. Would absolutely recommend.
Written 27 November 2021
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Neve burrell
Lincoln, UK7 contributions
a workout for the unfit
Oct 2021
WARNING. I thought it would be easy. for me (at least) it was not. BUT- an absolute thrill once you get to the top. some seriously stunning views!
Written 24 November 2021
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Emma F
5 contributions
Amazing views!
Nov 2021
Boy are the sore legs worth it to see the views at the top of this incredible ancient volcano! We hiked it up to Arthur's Seat in the morning on our last full day in Edinburgh; the walk up the summit is definitely a bit of a challenge and we definitely felt the accomplishment when we made it to the top along with being rewarded with the wonderful views of Edinburgh. Pictures don't do it justice!
Would suggest doing this nearer the beginning of your visit to the city rather than the end if you're keen explorers like us who had already done about 25 miles of walking. Definitely need grippy shoes and some of the paths are bumpy and tricky to traverse in places, wouldn't try and do it if it's been raining heavily the day before.
Written 24 November 2021
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Juliemason19
Liverpool, UK33 contributions
Oh the views!
Nov 2021 • Family
Talked into doing this walk early morning and so glad I did. It was a cold dry sunny day and the rock face glowed in the sun. Depending on your route some stretches are challenging but the rewarding views are worth it. We ascended on a shorter steeper route and descended on a gentler grassy route. We also visited St Anthony’s Chapel ruin which is worth a visit.
Written 23 November 2021
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David
Blackburn, UK2 contributions
Great views !
Nov 2021 • Solo
I didn’t think the climb was gonna be as difficult as it was but the views certainly made up for it. If you have a spare hour in Edinburgh than definitely walk up to Arthur’s seat 👌
Written 23 November 2021
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Emily
London, UK100 contributions
Great walk, stunning views.
Nov 2021
Great walk with some stunning views. Paths were clear but bumpy & tricky to traverse in places, make sure to wear suitable shoes and be careful en-route.
Written 22 November 2021
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Ben W
3 contributions
The view is worth the effort!!!
Nov 2021
My wife and I walked from Edinburgh City Centre out to Arthurs Seat and up to the summit. Hard work on the way up but plenty of time and space to enjoy the whole thing.
Soon as we reached the top, all the effort was worth it. Amazing views and a wonderful place to enjoy others company.
Written 21 November 2021
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ColAIDenison
Ashford, UK185 contributions
The views from Arthur’s Seat were just stunning
Nov 2021 • Couples
An early visit to Arthur’s Seat from Holyroodhouse carpark was a real challenge in high winds and impending rain. The climb was worth it when we reached the summit. The views of Edinburgh and beyond were stunning. We certainly need that cup of coffee when we got back to Holyroodhouse Cafe. Well worth doing!
Written 20 November 2021
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cybershrew
Winchester, UK48 contributions
Nice walk with Great views
Nov 2021
Not too difficult, I managed it in normal sports trainers. The view from the top is amazing and definitely worth the effort of the hike. 1-2 hours on the simple route. The sights along the way are brilliant
Written 18 November 2021
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