Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as ... More
Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design". It is situated in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m (822 ft), provides excellent panoramic views of the city, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the east, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch. Source: Wikipedia
The walk is quite an interesting one as one an see many others going there. On the steep slope, a metal linked chain enables us to climb up. I was there quite regularly during my two years from 1993 to 1995.
Charlie from Malaysia
Breathtaking views from the top, and from the reat of the City at the Seat. It is amazing that no-one ever got land greedy and built anything on top of this beautiful raw mountain right in the midle of the city of edinburgh. Correct footwear: it is quite a walk.
I visited Scotland 3 times. One one of my trips, my friend, Wm. Grant, (who before he passed away had climbed the rock front of Arthur's Seat over 3000 times- there was an article about him in the Edinburgh Newspaper), talked me into climbing the face of Arthur's Seat. - It was awesome, I'd never experienced anything like it. We climbed the front and walked back down the trail. I love the lore of Arthur's Seat. I hope that one day I will visit again. If you've never visited this area, you are missing out on the experience of your life. I was very fortunate, I had someone who lived there guide me around, I saw everyday life in Edinburgh, rather than tourist life.
I absolutely loved climbing Arthur's Seat and touring Edinburgh. The view from the top is spectacular- you can see the castle, the ocean, everything for miles around. It is free to climb, and quite an adventure depending on what path you take. Climbing at dusk, although a little more difficult to find your footing, is a breathtaking experience. The city lights are beautiful. Definitely something to do again and again.
We hike up to Arthur's Seat from the Holyrood Palace sometime in May. It was a very pleasant hike with plenty of open space without many people.
Nearing Arthur's Seat (the peak) the wind got much stronger and the trail became narrower and steeper. It's not difficult to proceed to the peak but the extremely strong winds make it quite a challenge at times. From the peak, you can view parts of the city and beyond, and also get a bird's eye view of the area around the city.
Coming down the hill, we had to hike down to Holyrood Palace before seeing any taxis or buses. Be prepared to walk a lot if you wish to visit this place. Well worth the walk though.
I was only in Edinburgh for 5 days and I hiked Arthur's Seat twice. The hike is steep but beautiful and the views at the top are stellar. It can be very windy at the top but otherwise it is an enjoyable hike.
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