Arthur's Seat

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hujera hujera
55 reviews
Hiking in the city to see it from the top of the former volcano Jan 01, 2013
I decided to celebrate the first day of the new year by going on the top of the steep hill (former volcano) near the city centre.

It is good to take suitable hiking shoes and get dressed properly, as the hill is quite windy.

There are 2 ways, how to get to the Arthur Seat. I usually start the steeper one from Newington and Holyrood Park Road, but decided for the other one starting from the Holyrood Palace and the Parliament.

You go further on taking Queen's Drive as far as Margaret's Loch - a wee lake with swans and water birds in it. Beautiful views towards Arthur Seat start already there. You turn to the right and take the road further up to another lake called Dunsapie Loch. You can observe the views to the North of the city and to the East as far as the hill called the North Berwick Law.

From the second loch you turn steeply to the right and enjoy about 15 minutes hiking to the top of Arthur Seat. Once you reach the summit of the former volcano - the area around Edinburgh is of volcanic origin - you can observe all the directions - city centre, both the castles (the city has got 2: the old one on the Castle Hill and the Holyrood Palace), Pentland Hills, North Berwick Law, the Forth Bridges - the older one is a really famous one and much more...

Going down from the place is also an experience. You need to be careful, as you follow a path with slippery stones down to Newington.

I'd recommend you to choose a week day for this one, as there's usually less people on the summit. I wanted to celebrate the New Year by this, but it was an idea of more people and the weather was really nice, even if windy, so it looked a bit like an anthill there.
On the way to the Arthur Seat seen…
Near the Parliament and Holyrood P…
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spocklogic says:
Caught some good photos myself of Arthur's seat while in Edinburgh Sept 2012, but didn't have time to climb up there. Quite a lot to see on the way up and from the top. Thanks for sharing and giving a virtual view of the trek.
Posted on: Jan 01, 2013
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AggieRockStar AggieRoc…
41 reviews
Great view of the city and surrounding countryside Apr 06, 2011
An extinct outdoor volcano, this is a great outdoor activity to get a really nice view of all Edinburgh has to offer. I know a bus drops off at the base of the volcano, but I walked the distance from the Royal Mile with no problems. I would guess the walk takes 20 minutes and you pass by Holyrood Palace on the way.

The walk up the mountain is not challenging at all. The incline is reasonable, the path is well maintained and it is a short walk to the top. From here you get great views (depending on the weather) of the Castle, the North Sea and Calton Hill.

The weather in Scotland is so much cooler than continental Europe in the hot summer and a great setting for outdoor activities. This is a great activity that won't take very long if your schedule is busy.
Arthur's Seat from the parking lot
A very well defined path will lead…
View of the surrounding Countryside
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kd8504 kd8504
1 reviews
Jul 05, 2007
On a clear day this hike up a cliff has the best view of Edinburgh, the North Sea and the countryside. The hike isn't too hard either and it's a great way to get some exercise while on vacation. Ask any cab driver in Edinburgh and they can take you right to the bottom of the cliff.
one of the views from the top of A…
travelman727 says:
Great advice. Definitely one of the highlights of this beautiful area of Scotland :-D
Posted on: Jul 08, 2007
caissef caissef
5 reviews
Arthur's Seat Mar 01, 2006
Free... except for the bus ride! Can't remember which one though. Sorry!

Anybody going to Edinburgh must climb Arthur's Seat!

Right in the middle od the city, the hike is pleasant, not too difficult and the view at the top is simply stunning!

You can see everything from there. Really, if you have an afternoon free go and do it. You won't be disappointed. Promise!
(Part of) the view
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vances vances
461 reviews
Jul 04, 2003
I found that hiking Arthur’s Seat was one of the best attractions of Edinburgh and was astonished you could make such a splendid ramble starting on foot from your hotel in the heart of the city. You can’t miss the Seat, the highest of Edinburgh’s hills by a considerable margin…just head for Holyrood at the southern end of the Royal Mile to find the trailhead. Turn right into Holyrood Park and the pathway is obvious, although I don’t recall and signs letting you know this was the way. You ascend some stairs and soon encounter a very broad walking track which is “Radical Road”, named for the group of workers hired by Sir Walter Scott to construct the path in the 1820’s (they had all been fired from their jobs for exhibiting radical politics!). This easy trail curves around the Salisbury Crags…pretty cliffs lining your way. There are several options presented as Radical Road concludes, and we took the relatively rigorous (although this is by no means a strenuous endeavor) Piper’s Walk to the top, which is a bit difficult to identify and we made a few wrong guesses before getting the right trail. Again, no signage or trail markers, but the goal is obvious and we quickly recognized our misses. The most surprising thing for us when we reached the summit was how many people were there…until we realized it has road access and you can simply drive up! We enjoyed our picnic lunch in the company of others, many in business casual attire which suggested this was a lunch spot for the Edinburgh natives. The sights here are awesome. Edinburgh sprawls out before you and you have expansive views of the Firth of Forth at the same time. We continued our journey down the other side to Duddingston and celebrated our conquest with a pint at the Sheep’s Heid Inn…a tavern that has been serving since the fourteenth century! Our circuitous route also led past the Duddingston Loch and Bird Sanctuary, which is gorgeous and reputed to be a fun visit, but it wasn’t open when we ambled by. If you need to escape the crowds and stretch your legs, scaling Arthur’s Seat is the ticket!
View of Arthur's Seat from Edinbur…
At the base of Piper's Walk
Edinburgh view from summit of Arth…
Another view from the summit, incl…
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Higton says:
I have some terrible personal memories of Edinburgh, yet this review makes me wish I'd taken the time to visit the seat. Typical that someone not even from the British Isles gets more from where I live than I do!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2007
Aditu says:
LOL, You're the best!! I'm lazy is all, I let Kerry do all the blogging and I just post the pics, lol.
Posted on: Feb 01, 2007
euphemy says:
Yes, next time I'm in Edinburgh I want to do this. I've read about it in the books. Thanks for the review!
Posted on: Feb 01, 2007

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