4.7 of 5 (6 votes)

Edinburgh's volcano

A leisurely walk (city/town) in City of Edinburgh, Scotland, about 6.60km (4.10 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 233m (764ft)
Descent 246m (807ft)
Max. Elevation 210m (688ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 479m (1571ft)
Start & End
Canon's Gait
Distance 6.60km
Duration ~2:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
Created by Anonymous Walker on 13 Nov 2013
Arthur's Seat is a well-known and oft-visited Edinburgh landmark. This route takes a little more time to explore the surroundings as well, including Salisbury Crags, Dunsapie Loch and St Anthony's Chapel. And it finishes at a pub – the mark of any great walk.

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Start at Canon's Gait at the end of the Royal Mile.
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Head down to Holyrood Palace, home of the Scottish Parliament.
About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from
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Cross Queen's Drive near the roundabout and head towards Salisbury Crags.
About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
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Walk beneath the crags to the far end, where paths lead onto the top.
About 0.84 km (~0.52 miles) from
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Walk along the top of the crags for wonderful views over Edinburgh.
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Head down to the ruins of St Anthony's Chapel, from where a path climbs up onto Arthur's Crag.
About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
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Who was Arthur? Well no one, apparently; the name comes from 'Àrd-na-Said', meaning 'Height of Arrows'.
About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
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Drop down the eastern side of the hill to Dunsapie Loch.
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
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Continue round to the ruined chapel and then return to the entrance of the park.
About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from
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Return to the Canon's Gate Inn for a drink after the walk: www.canonsgait.com
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from

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30 Dec 2016
Arthur's Seat

Simply a must when in Edinburgh. We were very lucky with the weather but boy is it windy up there. Beautiful!

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