Arthur’s Seat is a main feature of Holyrood Park, a 640 acre Royal Park in the heart of Edinburgh. The peak is a dormant volcano and one of seven hills to be found in Edinburgh. Its rocky summit dominates the city centre at an elevation of 250.5 metres (822 feet).
An ascent to the top offers spectacular views of Scotland’s capital city, as well as providing an oasis of calm away from the bustle of urban life. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, noted for its important geology, flora and rare plant and animal species. Arthur’s Seat is frequently cited as one of the possible sites for Camelot, the legendary castle and court of King Arthur.
The hill provides a variety of walks for all ages and abilities. The easiest route to the top is from Dunsapie Loch car park, where two good paths will take the walker on an easy stroll to the summit in around 15 minutes. Rock climbers and boulderers who have obtained a free permit are welcome in a designated area in the South Quarry.