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Climb Arthur’s Seat In Edinburgh

A trip to Holyrood Park and a climb to Arthur’s Seat is a must-do for any visitor to Edinburgh in 2023.

Walk Statistics – 4.75km / 3 miles

Time – 2 – 2.5 hours

Ascent – 279m

Go for a nice hillside stroll in the heart of Edinburgh.


The rocky top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh towers over the historic city, providing spectacular views in all directions. The enormous parks surrounding it serve as a tranquil respite from the bustling city

Arthur's Seat In Edinburgh
Arthur’s Seat In Edinburgh

Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh is the highest point of Holyrood Park, which is made up of hills built by the remains of a volcano. For a hill in the heart of a huge metropolis, the peak is 251 metres high and unexpectedly rugged and wild. Despite its popularity, it still feels like a true getaway destination.

Staying Safe

Here are some self-guided walking paths through Holyrood Park that are suitable for a variety of abilities. You’ll get amazing views and a sensation of escape from the city streets. The Park is open all year, and despite the steep slopes and slick rock, it is relatively safe as long as you don’t push yourself too far.

Routes To Consider

Route 1 (Red) The most popular hike is moderately challenging, with a gentler approach to the summit. It takes roughly two hours to stroll around Holyrood Palace.

Route 2 (Blue) Hunter’s Bog is more of a simple route. It is located below the rugged slopes of Arthur’s Seat, a great place to get away from the city. Continue around Salisbury Crags back to the start point once you’ve reached the highest point for fantastic city views.

Route 3 (Green) This is the quickest way to Arthur’s Seat, but it’s a slog from Dunsapie Loch on the park’s east side up steep grassy and rocky pathways. It’s not as lengthy as the Red Path, but it feels it!

Route 4 (Purple) This is a wonderful but hard route to climb. The trail takes you via a magnificent stone-pitched trail that ascends the steep slope of Arthur’s Seat.

Route 5 (The Queen’s Drive) If you don’t want to leave the tarmac, you may walk, cycle, run or drive around the Park on this twisting route. Excellent views, is not too steep, and is a decent workout if you go all the way around.

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