Right in the heart of Edinburgh are two prominent volcanic hills. One is surmounted by Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the Royal Mile. The other is Arthur's Seat, in Holyrood Park, overlooking the new Scottish Parliament building and the Dynamic Earth tourist attraction.
You can easily spend a couple of hours exploring the hiking routes around Arthur's Seat, have a tour of the Scottish Parliament or Dynamic Earth, and still have time for some shopping on Princes Street! The Commonwealth Games Swimming Pool is also close by.
- I will remember most the great view from the top of Arthur's Seat on a sunny spring day
- The best bit is seeing the Scottish Parliament in operation after all the difficulties
- The worst bit was when the Edinburgh 10km road race used to follow a route around the back of Arthur's Seat - quite a climb!
- The surprising bit was being able to park the car easily at the car park below Arthur's Seat
- Words of warning - you have to keep a sharp eye on young children on the crags of Arthur's Seat
|Location||Centre of Edinburgh|
|Date walked||March 2003|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||Requires some stamina and suitable sturdy footwear|
|Height climbed||220m / 721ft|
|Time taken||2 hrs 0 mins|
|Map used||Holyrood Park map available online|
|Walk source info||Holyrood Park map|
|Getting there||If you're staying in Edinburgh, it's easy to get there by bus or car. Waverley train station is about 15 minutes' walk away.|
|Places to stay||Take your pick in Edinburgh|
|Other features||Pentland Hills Regional Park about 3 miles / 5km to the west. Centre of Edinburgh about 8 miles / 13 km to the north.|