A walk up and around Arthur’s Seat is one of the best free things you can do in Edinburgh
Although we regularly walk the circuit around Arthur’s Seat, we decided that in the recent sunshine, we’d take a stroll to the summit to soak in the 360 degree views of Edinburgh and beyond.
There are various routes you can choose to walk up to the summit, some of which are suggested here. The easiest way to reach the top is from this point up one of the two recognised paths on the grass, which leads to a stone path and steps closer to the top. It’s really important that you use this path as the area can be slippy, especially after rain, but also to stop further erosion of this natural beauty spot.
It takes about 15 minutes from Dunsapie Loch to reach the summit, longer if you stop to take photos on the way up. On a clear sunny day, you can see across to Fife and right down the east coast and pick out North Berwick Law and the Bass Rock.
It can be very windy up at the summit so be sure to take care over the rocky terrain. Despite the cold wind, people were sitting having picnics and drinking in the views of the city below.
Further information on Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat is available on the Historic Scotland website.
Downloadable map and guide (PDF, opens in new window).
Suitable for disabled? There is a road all the way around Arthur’s Seat, but not to the summit. There’s a separate path for walkers and joggers, so suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. There are car parks at the top beside the Loch and lay bys that you can park in and enjoy the view.