The Best Edinburgh Hill Walks

Our Favourite Edinburgh Hill Walks

Like the city of Rome, Edinburgh is said to have been ‘built on seven hills’. People still debate over which hills this refers to, as we certainly have more than seven! Nevertheless, we all agree that there are lots of hills here. Which means, we have many amazing Edinburgh hill walks to enjoy right here in the city centre. So, pack your walking boots and lots of layers, and come with us …

Calton Hill

At Parliament House Hotel, we are situated right at the foot of Calton Hill. So, a walk up here is a must for all of our guests. The climb is fairly easy, and fascinating too, as the hill is packed with historical landmarks. Including the twelve columns of the National Monument. This memorial was started in 1826, but famously never finished as funds ran out. It is nick-named Edinburgh’s “Shame”, “Folly” or “Disgrace”. You’ll also find the Old City Observatory and several other great monuments up here. The real highlight though, is the stunning panoramic views of Edinburgh you get from the top. Calton Hill is also a popular spot for watching the fireworks on Bonfire Night, Hogmanay and at the end of the International Festival. We are so lucky to have this gem right on our doorstep!

View from Calton Hill in Edinburgh at sunset

Arthur’s Seat

Edinburgh’s very own extinct volcano. Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park is perhaps the most well-known Edinburgh hill walk. You can choose from longer, gentler routes, to steeper climbs. The view from the summit is incredible and well-worth the effort to get there.

Walker's sitting on the top of Arthur's Seat looking over Edinburgh

Pentland Hills

The Pentland Hills is a regional park on the outskirts of the city and beyond. Here, you can choose from lots of different routes, suitable for all abilities. Just a short drive from the city centre and you can be out here in the quiet wilderness.

A lake in the Pentland Hills outside Edinburgh.

Corstorphine Hill

Over to the west, Corstorphone Hill is a lovely woodland walk with great views of the city and over the Firth of Forth. At the top, you’ll find the dramatic Corstorphine Hill Tower, a memorial to Sir Walter Scott.

View looking up to the top of Corstorphine Hill Tower

Craiglockhart Hills

The nature reserve of Craiglockhart Woods is near Colinton in the south west of the city. It’s a short and fairly easy walk, with lots to see.

View of Edinburgh from Craiglockhart Hills

Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill

This is a muddy woodland walk in the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill nature reserve out by Morningside. It’s a peaceful walk and offers more fantastic views.

Two men walking at the top of Blackford Hill in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has it all. From stunning spring views over the city, to delightful autumn walks.  And, all of these Edinburgh hill walks are within easy reach. So, you really are spoilt for choice! Book your Edinburgh walking holiday at Parliament House Hotel today.