Holyrood is also a royal park and used to be a twelfth-century royal hunting estate.
Arthur’s Seat is the most important peak of the group of hills in Holyrood Park. This ancient extinct volcano is Edinburgh's highest point, and the peak stands 823 ft (251 m) tall.
In our opinion, the views from the other hilltops are better. Nevertheless, climbing to the top of Arthur’s Seat is one of the top activities to do and a favourite for the sportier visitors and locals.
What walk is better?
If you’d like to do some exercise and have enough time, you can go for a walk around the whole park and climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat. It will take approximately two hours and a half to complete.
If you prefer to go in search of the best views of Edinburgh, we recommend clambering up the cliffs of Holyrood Park called the Salisbury Crags. The walk up isn’t as difficult as Arthur's Seat and it doesn’t take as much time to reach.