Arthurs Seat Edinburgh, Photos of Buildings from the hill, Salisbury Crags Pictures

Arthur’s Seat Views in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Landscape, Scotland

post updated 28 October 2023

Arthur’s Seat Photos

Salisbury Crags looking north; Salisbury Crags; northeast to Leith & Firth of Forth
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photos © Adrian Welch 27 Sep 2007

Southwest to Commonwealth Pool; north to Calton Hill; west to The Meadows
Arthur's Seat Edinburgh Arthur's Seat Edinburgh Arthur's Seat Edinburgh Scotland
photos © Adrian Welch 27 Sep 2007

Arthur’s Seat is an ancient volcano which is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, which form most of Holyrood Park. The topography was described by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design”.

Arthurs Seat is situated just to the east of the city centre, about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m (822 ft).

Scottish Parliament photographs
Scottish Parliament next to Arthurs Seat Edinburgh Scottish Parliament beside Arthurs Seat Edinburgh Scottish Parliament by Arthurs Seat Edinburgh Scottish Parliament

Arthurs Seat Edinburgh Hill

The hill provides excellent panoramic views of the city and beyond, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the east, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch.

At a spur of the hill, Salisbury Crags has historically been a rock climbing venue with routes of various degrees of difficulty. Until recently rock climbing was restricted to the South Quarry, but access is currently banned altogether by Historic Environment Scotland.

North to Palace of Holyroodhouse; west to Old Town & Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse Edinburgh Castle visible from Arthurs Seat Edinburgh Castle
photos © Adrian Welch 080907

Popular Culture

Arthur’s Seat is featured in several of Ian Rankin’s novels. In the 2017 film, T2 Trainspotting, Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner ran up the hill to begin Spud’s detox.

Buildings near Arthur’s Seat

Scottish Capital Property Designs near Arthur’s Seat – recent architectural selection below:

Scottish Parliament Building, Canongate / Holyrood
Scottish Parliament

Calton Hill – a small hill to the north, across the Waverley valley and its railway line to London:
Calton Hill
photograph © Adrian Welch
Calton Hill

Greenside Place, east of Edinburgh city centre
Calton Square
photo © Adrian Welch
Greenside Place

Scottish Capital Building Designs

Scottish Capital Property Designs – recent architectural selection below:


Hotel Missoni Edinburgh

St Andrews & St Georges Church
St Andrews & St Georges Church
photo © Adrian Welch

National Gallery of Scotland
National Gallery of Scotland
photograph © Adrian Welch

Charlotte Square
Charlotte Square
photo © Adrian Welch


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