Arthur's Seat: a Vertiginous Wilderness Hike in the Centre of Edinburgh

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Audio tour
Audio tour in English
Route length: 4 km
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Duration 2h 30m
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  • You'll receive a self-guided audio tour right after booking
  • Explore Arthur's Seat — Edinburgh's iconic landmark — with this comprehensive in-app audio tour
  • Journey into the history of Scotland while admiring stunning views of the city
  • Climb to the highest points to get numerous photo opportunities for panoramic snapshots
  • Discover an important milestone in the development of geology as a science
  • See the traces of people of the olden days and learn more about the way they lived and worked
Rising 251 meters above Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat is the highest point of the resident city volcano. Don't be alarmed: it erupted 350 million years ago, went extinct, and is now a harmless, beautiful hill in Holyrood Park. But the 360-degree panoramic view of the city it offers is as majestic as ever. There are several routes leading up to Arthur's Seat. This one you're about to take follows a slow and steady path that doesn't involve a lot of climbing. You'll enter Holyrood Park via the Queen's Drive, walk around St Margaret's Loch, and up to St Anthony's Chapel. Then via the Dasses and Piper's Walk, you'll reach the main destination of the tour—Arthur's Seat and its subsidiary Crow Hill. The trail back is going to be a bit steeper and more strenuous. But you will see the vertiginous cliffs of Raven's Rock and Hutton's Section and walk along the edge of awe-inspiring Salisbury Crags. After that, you'll descend into a valley and walk across Hunter's Bog, then exit the park and decide what you want to do next: visit the Dynamic Earth museum or hit the café in the same building. Before you set foot on the path, make sure you have good walking shoes on. Hiking boots are not a must, but you'll have to tread dirt and rock on the slopes, and the footing will be uneven, so nothing flimsy would give you a good grip. You'll also need some water and snacks—the walk there and back will take about two hours, so you will definitely want to have some refreshments along the way.

What's included

  • Downloadable multimedia audio tour on WeGoTrip app
  • Detailed route from stop to stop with live GPS map on your smartphone
  • Backstories of most trails and sights on the route to Arthur's Seat and back
  • A suggestion of the post-hike museum visit or lunch at the museum cafe
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone on the WeGoTrip app
  • Earphones — please, bring your own
  • Sturdy footwear, clothes, water, or snacks — but you'll absolutely need all of those to hike safely!
  • Tickets to Dynamic Earth
  • Earphones and smartphone are not included – bring your own
  • In-person tour guide

Places you will visit

The route of the tour goes within circle
Queen's Drive
Queen's Drive
St Margaret's Well
Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh
Download the app and the digital audio tour on your smartphone before the visit. You will find recommendations on how to get to the staring point in the first step of the tour. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email us at
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