Hiking Arthur’s Seat was one of my favorite (and most sweaty) parts of our Edinburgh stay! I would say that this should be top priority on everyone’s Edinburgh bucket list. Today we will be making the trek up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland!
Now from the bottom this thing looks like a mountain (while hiking it also feels like a mountain) but it is technically considered a hill.
It is located next to Holyrood Palace, which is where the Queen stays when she comes to visit Scotland. It’s a beautiful house and you can tour it when she isn’t there!
You can start the trek by going left or right to get up to Arthur’s seat. Left is quicker and less of a trek.
Right takes you on a bit of a wander around the base and middle of the hill (which is also scenic). Really either way you go you are in for a treat! I suggest left, because we went right first and were a bit confused on how to actually get to the top!
I probably should have said this sooner, but I definitely suggest wearing hiking boots. The way up to the top tends to be a bit slippery, so you will definitely want some traction. I also suggest not wearing a ton of layers, even if it is 40°F. That hike up there can get a bit sweaty, trust me! I had 4 layers on and was dying of heat.
The views while going up the hill are incredible.You can see all of Edinburgh laid out beneath you! You can see the hill that Edinburgh castle sits on. You can hear church bells ringing off in the distance. It really is a dream and pictures just do not do it justice.
There are several places to sit once you are near the top. If you are really feeling fancy, try to bring food with you and have a picnic! You’ll have the best view in the whole city!
Once at the top I suggest you just take it in. Enjoy the breeze and the views!
To this day sitting at the top of Arthur’s Seat is one of my fondest memories of our whole trip. Enjoy every moment.