Arthur's Seat stands out impressively when viewed from many parts of the city. An extinct volcano some 350 million years old, this spectacular 251-metre hill in the centre of Holyrood Park is a particularly popular walking destination, especially on weekends. The steep climb is no easy task—it takes 20 to 30 minutes to reach the top—but the spectacular panorama is well worth it.
Several routes up are possible, but the east side, from St Margaret's Loch, is the most advisable. The payoff at the peak is the breath-taking view, especially on summer evenings: the sunsets are magical. For the descent, go to the south side through Duddingston, where you can pop into the famous Sheep Heid Inn tavern, with its lovely lawn-bowling pitch.