6.6 km away
A brief drive from the city offers a short walk but big views!
- 6.1 km
- 401 m
- 401 m
Summit Edinburgh's most famous landmark and explore its finest park!
Park up at the pay and display carpark just to the north of Duddingston Loch and and follow a rough path which climbs up to cross the upper loop road which goes around Holyrood Park. Carry on up to Crow Hill via a tough and unrelenting climb. The views make the effort worth it but it's a bit of a slog!
Upon arriving on the summit the view across Edinburgh city reveals itself, and what a view it is! The central city itself, the government buildings of Holyrood, football stadiums and mile after mile of beaches and sea are all visible, giving you the opportunity to really begin to understand the local topography.
From Crow Hill descend briefly and then scramble onto the famous summit of Arthur's Seat, from where the view is even better, but you're going to be sharing it with a lot more people! You can often be alone on Crow Hill but that will only be true of Arthur's Seat on the most cold and wet of days!
Scramble back down and stroll over to The Nether Hill before making the steep descent down a very polished rocky path to almost hit a road. Just before reaching the road turn right and follow a gorgeous path along the top of Salisbury Crags. The views across Edinburgh city and the landmarks of Holyrood are excellent and constantly changing. Swing around on the path past St Margaret's Loch and around the foot of Whinny Hill (which can easily be climbed if you fancy a detour) to Dunsapie Loch.
Make one final climb up to Dunsapie Crag and then drop back down to the carpark to complete Edinburgh's best hike!
Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.