The Best Edinburgh Hill Walks

Purple heather on the Pentand HillsLike 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.

Our Favourite Edinburgh Hill Walks

Pack your walking boots and lots of layers, and come with us on our favourite hill walks …

Calton Hill

Scottish National Monument on Calton HillAt 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 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!

Arthur’s Seat

View from Arthurs Seat in EdinburghEdinburgh’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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.