PHOTOWALK – Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

A walk up and around Arthur’s Seat is one of the best free things you can do in Edinburgh


Arthur’s Seat as viewed from Blackford Hill

We love Arthur’s Seat and have previously written about  a walk around the extinct volcano and also when it has been covered in snow.

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.

Dunsapie Loch and Arthur’s Seat

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.

Looking down on St Anthony’s Chapel

Fabulous views from the top of Arthur’s Seat

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.

At the summit

Looking north to the football ground of Hibernian FC

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.

Classic Edinburgh Castle shot from the summit

Looking over to the rocky summit

Descending to Dunsapie Loch


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).

Sunday road closures: From late March/early April until end of September all roads, except the High Road (where possible) and access to the car parks, will be closed from 08.30 – 18.00 every Sunday. From October until late March/early April all roads, except the High Road (where possible) and access to the car parks, will be closed from 08.30 – 16.00 every Sunday.

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.

Holyrood Park after sunset

Great wildlife in Holyrood Park

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