Climbing Arthur’s Seat with the Kids – Edinburgh

During our visit to Edinburgh castle, you cannot help but admire the surrounding countryside and I was particularly struck by the beauty of Arthur’s Seat.

Arthur’s Seat is the main mountain in Edinburgh at 251 metres high and forms most of Holyrood Park. It is actually an ancient volcano and it was the striking Salisbury Cliffs that really stood out for me from our view-point.

Arthur's Seat

On our last full day in Scotland we gave the kids the choice of where they wanted to do and they decided upon Dynamic Earth, a visitor attraction that tells the story of the planet Earth. Luckily for me it also sits at the bottom of Arthur’s seat so we took advantage of the beautiful weather and decided to go for a walk first.

Arthur's Seat

We parked at Holyrood House and set off. There are two paths you can take; the dirt path to the right goes around Salisbury Crags and is a challenging walk, or you can take the red path which is a gradual ascent to Arthur’s Seat and the best one for kids.

Arthur's Seat

As you climb up the trail, we spotted the crumbly ruins of St. Anthony’s Well & Chapel which was built in the 1400’s.

St. Anthony's Well & Chapel

By this point Sebby was already on top of Daddy’s shoulders and Eliza had to be persuaded to keep going, but we were soon up by the Salisbury Crags and people who were at the top of Arthur’s Seat already were coming into view.

Arthur's Seat

Everything I read before our visit said this was an easy climb……… it isn’t!! The last section of the trail up to the top of Arthur’s Seat is red volcanic, and rocky. Being February, the rocks, which form an uneven staircase, are very slippery underfoot and we saw several people slip and fall.

Salisbury Crags

We got as far as a rocky ledge that gave us spectacular views over the city of Edinburgh and made the decision to stop for a brief rest and then head back down.

Arthur's Seat

If you do decide to climb Arthur’s Seat I have the following tips for you:

Don’t wear a heavy coat – we ended up taking ours off minutes into the climb and they became cumbersome to carry.

Arthur's Seat

Wear walking boots / shoes. Everyone we saw fall over had trainers on!

Arthur's Seat

Don’t forget your camera……….the views are spectacular and as far-reaching as the Firth of Forth and the Forth Bridge.

Arthur's Seat

If you are taking a toddler with you, take a back carrier. Far safer than sitting on Daddy’s shoulders!!

Arthur's Seat

Take plenty of water and snacks. All that climbing is thirsty work!!

Arthur's Seat

I have to say the way down was a lot trickier as we found it more slippery, however all managed to stay on our feet.

Arthur's Seat

I took Eliza and Sebastian back down the path we came up, but Hubby and Isaac decided to head back across the top of Salisbury Crag which gave them amazing views down over Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament.

Arthur's Seat

If you are in Edinburgh I strongly recommend giving it a try. I would imagine in the summer it would be the ideal place for a picnic!

Arthurs Seat

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34 thoughts on “Climbing Arthur’s Seat with the Kids – Edinburgh

  1. It looks amazing up there, that path down looks a little tricky! I always get a bit queasy when going down from somewhere high like that. Thanks for linking up to #ThePlaceWeWillGoLinky xx

  2. Was thinking of doing this tomorrow morning with a 3-year old & a 4-month old. We were already thinking we wouldn’t make it to the top but now I’ve read this I’m sure we won’t! We’ll give it our best shot anyway!
    Love the photos! Looks like all the hard work was worth it. I’m a sucker for a good view!

  3. Looks wonderful, stunning views! I am off to Edinburgh this weekend so may have to persuade Mrs Wilbur! Thanks for sharing. Wilbur #citytripping

  4. Gaz and I climbed this a few years ago and the view is spectacular! It was torrential with rain when we reached the top, that part wasn’t so nice, but once it cleared it was certainly worth the climb!

  5. We climbed Arthur’s Seat this summer and it was beautiful! Everything was so green, and we lucked out and made it down to the bottom just as the rains started! #citytripping

  6. What great views – it’s such a long time since I climbed, that path definitely looks tricky especially with kids. Dynamic Earth always sounds amazing so that is definitely on my list for next time. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  7. It’s ages since I’ve climbed up Arthur’s Seat although whenever we go to Edinburgh (my husband is from the city) we always drive around the bottom of it!
    We loved Dynamic Earth – we took our son a few years ago. Very exciting going down in the lift.
    Looks like you had fabulous weather.

  8. Oh my that is quite a climb! It actually reminds me of climbing up the Fort at Nafplion last summer. Like this we found the steps slippy, particularly coming down. Full marks for going so far and I bet you were left carrying coats too! The views are indeed amazing and I’d definitely give it a go when we finally get to visit Edinburgh.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  9. Do you think it’s a local in joke to say this walk is easy? 🙂 I went to Edinburgh with a girlfriend a few years ago and we decided this would be a nice way to end our trip. We ended up crawling up with stonking hangovers, so bravo to the little ones, it’s hard work.

  10. Wow the views really are spectacular. This is a walk I have never done on the few times I have visited Edinburgh, and to be honest I didn’t realise how difficult it was. The views alone make me want to drag my family up it though! #countrykids

  11. The view from Arthur’s Seat is breathtaking! I took the more difficult path, which was literally breath taking, but the scenery was very beautiful. Would love to be there at sunrise next time I’m in Edinburgh #citytripping

  12. I wanted to do this when we were in Edinburgh but we just didnt have time – another time defintiely! The views you got look well worth the climb! x

  13. Awesome photos of your hike! I had been walking around the city for a while, during my morning in Edinburgh, so by the time I made it to the base of Holyrood park, I was quite tired so didn’t walk up to Arthur’s seat. Perhaps next time. #CityTripping

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