There are currently 0 comments and 0 photos online for this walk.
|Arthur's Seat and St Anthony's Chapel|
|Author: Mattreed, Published: 19 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Midlothian, Edinburgh City|
|A proper hill walk in the heart of the Edinburgh, with fabulous views in all directions. Arthur's Seat is the highest of a group of hills, formed from the remains of a volcano, that make up Holyrood Park. The summit is 251 metres high and surprisingly rocky and wild for a hill in the centre of a major city. |
This walk description allows you to drive (or get a taxi from the city) along The Queen's Drive allowing a less steep approach up the hill from Dunsapie Loch, ideal for those walking with children and dogs. There are some steps to climb, but there are no stiles on route. For those who are more adventurous you can start from the car park just south of the Scottish Parliament on Queen's Drive.
This walk description starts the walk on The Queen's Drive, allowing a less steep approach up the hill. You can enter The Queen's Drive either from the Commonwealth Swimming Pool on Holyrood Park Road or from the Scottish Parliament. If entering from the Commonwealth Swimming Pool on Holyrood Park take the first exit at the first two roundabouts and proceed clockwise around the Drive. Pass the Scottish Parliament where you can also access the Drive. Just after the Parliament, and St Margaret's Loch, there is a one way road on the right. Head up this one way street clockwise around the park for about half a mile and park in one of the many lay-bys on the left-hand side of the road in the region of Dunsapie Loch.
|Start to Hill|
Start point: 55.9483 lat, -3.1504 long
After parking in a lay-by on the left side of The Queen's Drive just before or adjacent to Dunsapie Loch, head along the walkway at the side of the Loch until you get to the end of the loch. There are 3 main paths that head up to the summit of Arthur's Seat. Take the widest one (furthest to the left as you look at them) and continue up towards the top.
|Hill to Steps|
Start point: 55.9454 lat, -3.1538 long
Halfway up, on your right, you will get your first sight of Edinburgh appearing from being obscured previously by Whinny Hill. Stop to look at the views over Leith, Holyrood Park and Palace and the Firth of Forth coast down towards North Berwick. Continue up heading for the bottom of a path with a metal chain railing which will lead to a final easy rocky scramble to the summit.
|Steps to Top|
Start point: 55.9446 lat, -3.1592 long
From the bottom of the metal chain railing path just head up the steps (which become quite steep) until you get to the summit.
|Top to St Anthony's Chapel|
Start point: 55.9441 lat, -3.162 long
Complete the final rocky ascent to the summit. At the very top is a trig point and panoramic views of the city. On a clear day you will also be able to see quite a distance along the coast to the east to the Bass Rock at North Berwick. Follow your steps back down the rocky ascent and chain steps. At the bottom of the chain steps, instead of heading straight back down the hill, bear left and follow a fairly steep path down (keeping Arthur's Seat on your left and Whinny Hill on your right). Head along this towards a stone structure which can be seen in the distance in the direction of Holyrood Palace. This is St Anthony's Chapel.
|St Anthony's Chapel to End|
Start point: 55.9507 lat, -3.1614 long
St Anthony's Chapel, looking like the ruin of an ancient castle, stands on a rocky outcrop high above St Margaret's Loch. Today, all that remains of the chapel are parts of the north wall plus remnants of another building a little to the south west, which has sometimes been called a hermitage (but was probably just a store room). The origin and the history of the chapel are obscure, but it was certainly built no later than the early 15th century, as in 1426 it is recorded that the Pope gave money for its repair. After spending a short time looking around the ruin, retrace your steps back towards Arthur's Seat, but this time bear left around the base of Whinny Hill and back down towards The Queen's Drive to your car.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author Mattreed and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
Powered by World Weather Online.
I do a lot of solo walking...so always worry about safety and getting lost.....not anymore I don't...!!!!! The guides are always spot on....and that's what I do.just follow the blue spot...!!! Thank you.... It's my favourite app...!!!!
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!