For the easiest possible access to rugged Scottish landscapes from Edinburgh, head to Arthur's Seat. This 250.5 m (822 ft) promontory sits just 1.6 km (1 mi) east of Edinburgh Castle. You can climb any face of the hill, but the easiest route is to approach from the east and walk up the grassy field. At the top, you'll find a 2,000-year-old fort and one of the best possible views of the city. Bring your camera, footwear with decent traction, drinking water, and clothing to protect yourself from the wind at the top. Add Arthur's Seat and other attractions to your Edinburgh trip itinerary using our Edinburgh day trip planner.
Tours to Arthur's Seat
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Duration: 1h 30min
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BOOK WITH VIATOR Edinburgh Castle to Arthur's Seat Tour: Private & Custom
Tours from $124 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour
Duration: 1h 23min
Tours from $23 ›
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Tours from $317 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Edinburgh Private Tour with a Local Guide, Highlights & Hidden Gems
Duration: 2h - 4h
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Arthur's Seat reviews
This was my favourite part of Edinburgh. A beautiful walk with beautiful views at the top. It's a small bit difficult but well worth it!
This was my favourite part of Edinburgh. A beautiful walk with beautiful views at the top. It's a small bit difficult but well worth it! more »
A nice hike up the hill! Was busy as the weather was good but that in no way affected our walk. Took about an hour to the top but that was with numerous stops for pics. Amazing views and well worth...
A nice hike up the hill! Was busy as the weather was good but that in no way affected our walk. Took about an hour to the top but that was with numerous stops for pics. Amazing views and well worth... more »
Gorgeous hike, relatively easy - around 30-1hr walk, starts with a slow ascent and then increases in steepness for the last 100m to the top. Many trails and easy access from the city - hiking gear not necessary. Great place to catch a sunset.
We set off first thing in the morning from our apartment to Arthur’s Seat. It was actually quite a challenged hike up the final part but my goodness it was worth it. The views were incredible!! Here are some tips if you’re thinking about making the trek up… 1. Plan ahead: Make sure to check the weather forecast and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. It's a good idea to bring a rain jacket and sturdy hiking shoes, even if the forecast is good. We actually seen someone wearing slides making there way up 🤣 2. Start early: Arthur's Seat can get quite busy during peak hours, so try to begin your hike early in the morning to avoid the crowds. 3. Bring water and snacks: The hike can be strenuous, so make sure to stay hydrated and have some snacks to keep your energy levels up. 4. Take your time: Arthur's Seat is a challenging hike, so don't feel rushed to reach the summit. Take your time and enjoy the views along the way. 5. Be aware of the terrain: Arthur's Seat is a rocky and uneven hike, so be prepared for some steep inclines and rocky paths. Watch your step and take care when navigating the terrain. Have fun!
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