Along with Calton Hill and Castle Rock, Arthur's Seat forms part of the ridge of cold volcanoes that give such drama to the Edinburgh skyline. The mountain sits in Holyrood Park, 650 acres (260 hectares) of wild parkland just a short walk from the Royal Mile. So you can be shopping for Argyle socks one moment and roaming around lochs and moorland the next! From some angles, the mini-mountain resembles a sleeping lion. It’s perhaps seen at its best in the mellow light of sunset.
Arthur's Seat is no Everest, and if you want to climb it there are several easy ascents. If you're reasonably fit and keep striding you could make it in half an hour, but even if you're less fit or want to gaze at the scenery, an hour should take you to the top. Be careful on rainy days when the rocks are slippery.
Review by Jo W, April 2012
This challenging walk is rewarded by spectacular views across the city, can be treacherous underfoot in damp conditions. Could benefit from a better path, a viewing area and a small visitor centre/cafe. A lovely mornings walk.
One of the easiest ways up Arthur's Seat starts from the carpark near Queen's Drive, near Holyrood Palace. Once up the top you'll be rewarded with expansive views of the city, the Castle and Salisbury Crags. On a good day you can even see the Firth of Forth.