Arthur's Seat may be the UK's most beautiful walk but it can also be dangerous – Helen Martin
Arthur’s Seat is the most wonderful and dominant summit in Edinburgh.
It’s admired by tourists and by thousands of residents in and around the city who can view it from their gardens and windows. Those who reach the top can take up 360-degree views of Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Now, according to Tripadvisor reviews, it’s been rated as the most beautiful walk in the whole UK. While it’s number one, with its highest peak at 822 feet, even Ben Nevis is down at number 17.
As the outdoor specialists Millets added, it has several routes to walk suitable for every level of walker, from the grassy slope from the east to the steep climbing path at the end of Salisbury Crags.
But what most of us in the city know is that it can be a dangerous place too. This year there were two injuries when people used the slopes for sledging in February. In May a man walking over a rocky, single-track path injured his leg and even a helicopter couldn’t pick him up because of the dense fog surrounding the Seat – at 10pm. And in June, another man was found injured at the bottom of Arthur’s Seat.
There have been several injuries over the last few years but in July 2018, a 12-year-old schoolboy plunged to his death. Others have died over the years.
For careful walkers and climbers, it’s great. But it’s certainly not the best place for a boozy gathering, or naïve grandparents and grand-kids who drift from the grassy slope.