About a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat rises up above the city. The main peak of Holyrood Park is a lofty 251 metres above sea level. Like Castle Rock, the geological formation that Edinburgh Castle sits upon, Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano. The origins of the name are uncertain and various theories exist. A popular one is that this was the site of Camelot, the castle that was home to the court of King Arthur in the old British legends.
Though rock climbing has been limited in recent years, for safety reasons, Arthur’s Seat remains a popular spot for walkers. It offers stunning views of Holyrood Park and numerous photo opportunities of the spectacular views out over the city. It’s also a great place to head to if you need an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you fancy a quick trip to the top and don’t mind a steep slope, start from Dunsapie Loch (you can walk or drive to the loch) and you can walk to the summit from there in about half-an-hour. But if you’d rather have an adventure and do it properly, follow our circular Arthur’s Seat walk, which will take about two hours.